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“What careers would benefit from extensive scientific training?” is an important question for fellows looking to explore career options. The academic route is one obvious career choice, but if you choose a different path, what non-academic opportunities are out there?

Would you be surprised to learn that scientists are highly valuable in the financial world, corporate world, and as consultants to companies? Dr. Cynthia Robbins-Roth, author of “Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower,” made an entire book out of this fact. The advantage of a scientifically driven thought process in a non-research field is not new. Dr. Robbins-Roth first published her book in 1998, and since its release, several more authors have followed suit exploring the career benefits of scientific training. 

The Mid-Atlantic Case Competition is a spot-on example of using scientific training to solve real-world business problems. Graduate student Sisi Liu shares her experience with this competition in the “Interesting Opportunity” column on the front page. We also present the top three questions and answers from each Career Round Table discussion from the 2015 annual retreat, where former fellows with varied careers gathered to share their experiences. 

On a final note, be sure to check out this month’s announcements and events, including my own exciting news in the “Life Outside Lab” column and a welcome to our new fellows and summer interns!

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

Please send questions or comments to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.