Planning for a Fulfilling Career: A Primer for STEM Graduate Students

Date(s) - Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CUNY Graduate Center, room 6496

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In the United States today, the supply of PhDs in STEM fields exceeds academia’s demand for these scientists. According to the National Science Foundation, less than 15% of students who graduate with a PhD in a STEM field will find a tenured-track faculty position within six years of graduating. Fortunately, PhDs can find many rewarding careers outside of academia!

This seminar will highlight this plethora of available options, including jobs in academia, industry, government, education, and business for professionals with a PhD in a STEM field. This seminar will also provide a framework on how to successfully pursue these career options. Dr. Magaldi will use his own career path as a model to help students and postdocs learn from common mistakes that are made while exploring careers outside of academia.

About Tom Magaldi

As Director of Science Alliance, the New York Academy of Science’s professional development branch, Dr. Tom Magaldi develops and implements innovative workshops and courses that provide early-career scientists with a range of soft and business skills that will be essential for all careers. He works closely with career development offices and student and postdoc organizations to consolidate resources and implement new ideas for professional development programing. Dr. Magaldi also offers seminars on career development and exploration at many of the partner institutions of Science Alliance.

Dr. Magaldi received his PhD in genetics from Yale University and then conducted a postdoc at the National Cancer Institute. He has worked as a math and science tutor for underprivileged children in New Haven and as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Montgomery College and the University of the District of Columbia. As a virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State, he collaborated with the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia on a research project to identify areas in Mongolian undergraduate and graduate STEM education that required improvement. Dr. Magaldi was an Executive Board Member for the Career Network for Science PhDs at Yale, an organization that provided networking and internship opportunities for young scientists at Yale.

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