Career

Academics sometimes joke that their training resembles the Ponzi pyramid scheme.  This joke may ring too close to truth for many postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

UCSF’s Graduate Programs are renowned for producing outstanding scientists, armed with rigorous research training and ready to address the most pressing scientific problems of our time.

Undergraduate science education has been undergoing a significant pedagogical shift in the last few decades.

Going home over the holidays can feel stressful when you aren’t certain about your career path or job prospects.  There are two reasons your career plans or progress can cause holiday stress, and they are both skill-based.

All major scientific journals are now covering the shortage of academic positions and funding for trained scientists, and many key university decision makers acknowledge that we are in a period of funding stagnation.

“I promised that I would get up every day and serve as the best advocate I could be for UC… The fundamental responsibility of the President of the University of California is to make the connection between the institution and the people it serves—

The first thing you should know is that you don’t need a mentor – you need five of them. It’s almost impossible for students to find in a single person the full range of academic and professional mentorship that they typically need.

Nowhere are the systemic problems in academia more apparent than in the lives of postdocs. Almost all current postdocs received their PhD in a time where the NIH budget stagnated, leaving an excess of PhDs entering the workforce.

The UCSF Graduate Queer Alliance hosted a panel discussion near the Mission Bay campus on the careers of LGBTQ people in scientific careers, entitled OUT In Science.

Imagine yourself five years out from getting your PhD.  You could be a science journalist working for a newspaper, or in a boardroom actively convincing venture capitalists which of the latest scientific advancements they should back.