Careers Beyond the Bench

 Sponsored by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee

Careers Beyond the Bench is a three-day workshop for graduate students and postdocs who are committed to pursuing a non-research-based career. Participants will receive one-to-one mentoring from Ph.D. holders in their field of interest, along with training in preparing for a career shift, specific application documents for positions of interest to them, interview technique, elevator pitches, developing a career plan, and building a persuasive resume. 

The 2016 workshop will focus on four career tracks:

  • Science policy
  • Teaching-based professorships 
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Scientific writing 

If you are interested in a career in one of these tracks, the ASBMB's Careers Beyond the Bench workshop will help you develop the skills and application materials necessary to make a successful transition. 


Application deadline: applications are no longer being accepted for the August 2016 workshop. 

Participant guidelines

  • The workshop is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants do not have to be members of the ASBMB. 
  • The ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee especially encourages applications from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that are underrepresented minorities.
  • Applicants should have a demonstrable interest in pursing one of the four career paths listed above. 

Workshop fee
There is a workshop fee of $30 per participant. The fee covers the Friday night welcome reception, all meals during the workshop and all workshop materials. The fee does not include overnight accommodation. Only applicants invited to participate in the workshop will be required to pay the workshop fee; there is no fee to apply. 

Application Instructions

Prepare the following documents in PDF format:

  1. CV
  2. Statement of interest describing which career track you are interested in, what interests you about that track, and your exposure to that track (e.g. exposure through attendance at other ASBMB career workshops, networking, informational interviews, or internships).
  3. ONE of the following:    
  • Science policy track: White paper on a policy topic of national importance. (Check out the ASBMB policy blotter if you are looking for inspiration.)
  • Teaching-based professorship track: Statement of teaching philosophy (This ASBMB Today article contains useful suggestions to get you started.)
  • Science communication & outreach track: Video explaining your research to a seventh grade (age 12-14) audience (Three minutes maximum. This ASBMB Today article contains tips about how to communicate your research effectively.)
  • Science writing track: Article summarizing a recent scientific advance for a non-scientific audience (500 – 800 words maximum. Example 1. Example 2. Example 3.)

(Note: you will work to improve item number three while you are at the workshop)

Click the "Apply" button above to provide your contact information and upload your documents. 

If you have any questions about the workshop or encounter any problems with the application website, contact


ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee
Sydella Blatch (Associate Professor, Stevenson University)
Stacey Simon-Slijepcevic (Senior Program Officer, US Department of Education)
Sonia Flores (Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Takita Sumter (Professor, Winthrop University)

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Patricia Phelps (Director of the Professional Development Office)