Giving resources to

graduate students and postdocs

Published August 08 2016

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows constitute 10 percent of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology membership. To support these members and discover which professional society resources are most useful to them, the ASBMB Education and Professional Development committee recently conducted a survey of member and nonmember life science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in the U.S.

The infographic below summarizes the survey results. Surveyed graduate students and postdoctoral fellows say they are most interested in research careers — in academia or industry — and want to be supported in multiple aspects of their career development.

Using this survey data, the committee has developed a multifaceted plan to improve the career resources that the ASBMB offers to all of its members. The infographic on the following page highlights a few of the new resources, which will be assessed and refined over the next few months. Members can expect new videos or webinars monthly.

EPD members serving on the graduate student and postdoctoral fellow subcommittee are committee chair Jenna Hendershot at Cayman Chemical Company; Suzanne Barbour at University of Georgia; José Barral at the University of Texas Medical Branch; Shea Feeney at the University of California, Davis; Chloe Poston at the Genetics Society of America; Martin Rosenberg at Promega, Walter Shaffer at the National Institutes of Health; and Ray Sweet, an independent consultant.

Erica Siebrasse Erica Siebrasse is the education and professional development manager for ASBMB. Follow her on Twitter.
Jenna Hendershot Jenna Hendershot is at Cayman Chemical Company and a member of the ASBMB EDP committee.