December 15, 2022

Exploring Professions In & Beyond Academia: A 2-Day Career Symposium for PhD Students
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 | 3 pm – 7:30 pm: for Sciences & Engineering PhD Students
UW Libraries Research Commons (Google map), Seattle campus
Registration required and limited to 30 participants per day:
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Are you just starting your Ph.D. program or in the process of finalizing your dissertation proposal? Thinking about possible future career opportunities? Unsure whether to pursue an academic or non-academic career? This symposium will provide you with insights, tools, and informational resources to support your career exploration.

Each symposium day will include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Moderated panels about academic and non-academic careers
  • Professional skill building workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Free dinner & refreshments

At the end of this event, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how to use a career self-assessment tool to identify your interests, skills, and values
  • Learn insights from guest speakers and panels about careers in and beyond academia
  • Gain strategies to assess a possible employer’s commitment Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices
  • Develop networking skills to build your professional connections

Event Guests on January 17: Sciences and Engineering Day

  • Xu Chen, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering – Associate Professor @ UW Mechanical Engineering
  • Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Scientist II @ 2seventy bio
  • Heather Price, Ph.D. in Chemistry – Full-Time Faculty @ North Seattle College
  • Adam Steinbrenner, Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology – Assistant Professor @ UW Biology

This career symposium is co-hosted by the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE), Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School, and Career & Internship Center. Please send questions to Ziyan Bai, CIRCLE Assistant Director of Graduate Programs and Operations, at