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Lunchtime Keynote and Workshop Speaker


The BRET Office of Career Development and the Training Grants in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences are excited to welcome Keynote Speaker, Melanie Sinche, Director of the Career Development Center, Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center, University of Saint Joseph.

Melanie Sinche is also the author of the essential career planning guide book for early scientists, Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science.


Ms. Sinche’s Keynote will focus on:

Influencing Human Health through Work: Career Options for PhDs in Science.

Then, Ms. Sinche’s afternoon workshops will help select participants narrow their career focus in the following hands-on workshops:

  • What’s Next? Career Decision-Making for PhDs

  • What’s Next? Career Decision-Making for Postdocs

The Career Exploration Workshop will be a self-assessment seminar divided by year in training (one session for grad students, another for postdocs) which will be a deep dive into the career exploration/self-discovery process. If you are unsure what path you want to take next in your career, this workshop will help you reflect on your preferences, choices, and skills to better understand viable career options for you.

Registration for the above workshops will be provided to early registrants in late May.

Register for the symposium now so you will be notified when these workshops are open!

Melanie Sinche currently serves as the Director of the Career Development Center and Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she works with university undergraduate and graduate students to achieve their career goals. Prior to joining USJ, she served as Director of Education at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT, developing programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in genomic education and assisting scientists with career transitions. Melanie is the author of Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science, published by Harvard University Press in August 2016.

While working on Next Gen PhD, she served as a Senior Research Associate in the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, where she conducted survey research on careers for PhDs in science. She was also the Founding Director of the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Harvard University, held the same position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health in building the first NIH Career Center for over 9,000 intramural trainees. Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and North Carolina State University. She is a National Certified Counselor with a career development focus.