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From Scientist to CSO Bootcamp

The University of California, Irvine GPS-BIOMED program has partnered with UCLA GPB to offer available spots to UCLA PhD and post-doc students in their upcoming From Scientist to CSO Bootcamp, funded by the NIH BEST program. 


Applications are now being accepted for participation and limited scholarships are available from GPB. 


Course Description

With the shift in the available jobs moving beyond academia to industry, non-profit organizations and other non-academic settings, understanding the skills necessary to compete and succeed in these settings is critical.  Traditional graduate and post graduate programs focus primarily on developing scientist’s technical identity by training scientists to think analytically, but often neglect to develop their business and social identities.  Communications, performance management, and team building are critical skills in order to be competitive in all careers.  This certificate program introduces the key competencies that are valued by hiring organizations for entry-level positions, and essential for career success.  Based on the SciPhD training program, this course focuses on 24 essential core competencies valued by industry and business, relates those competencies to activities and behaviors commonly experienced by academic scientists through the scientific method, and demonstrates how those competencies work together to form the operational competencies that are essential in business.  These transferable business competencies can also be applied by academic and government scientists running laboratories. 


This course is offered over 4 sessions – two separate weekends – in summer and fall.  Attendance is required at all 4 sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. 

   Dates: July 11-12th, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m. and one weekend in Fall TBD

   Cost: $50, limited scholarships available (Travel expenses not included)

   Deadline to apply: July 1st


To learn more about the program, including full course description or to apply, click here

To learn more about UCI-GPS Biomed, click here.


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