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Title: Careers in the Life Sciences


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Careers in the Life Sciences
Department of Biology Prof. Mike Butler Prof.
Jim Dearworth
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Life after Lafayette?
  • What do you want to do with your degree?
  • Are you selecting the right courses?
  • What other things can you be doing?
  • Where have our alums gone and what can you expect?

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Some Avenues
  1. Graduate School?
  2. Health Professions?
  3. Industry and government?
  4. Not sure?

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1. Headed to Graduate School?
  • GPAstudy, work hard
  • GREtake practice tests
  • General and Subject
  • Research Experience
  • Independent study, honors thesis, Excel (contact
    Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology or
    other dept. faculty)
  • LEARN (contact Professor Lisa Gabel 303 Oechsle
    Hall) http//neuroscience.lafayette.edu/
  • Teaching Assistant (contact Biology faculty)
  • RUI (elsewhere)search the web
  • Check out Sigma Xi

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1. Headed to Graduate School?
  • Research the web for Graduate Programs!
  • Examples
  • Nutrition
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Health
  • Education Do you want to be a High School
    Biology teacher? Education degree?

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1. Headed to Graduate School?
Find graduate programs on web and see what are
the required and recommended prerequisites.
http//biology.lafayette.edu/related-links/ Caree
r Service Website. http//careerservices.lafayette
.edu/consider-grad-and-prof-school/ Graduate
School Advising Liaisons (see list) Pick based
on both the program AND your advisor talk to
Lafayette faculty for guidance
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2000-2007 Alums who chose Grad
  • 103/339 students (30) went to grad school
  • 52/212 (25) of BIOL majors, went to grad
  • 25/79 (32) of NEUR majors, went to grad
  • 26/48 (54) of BIOCHEM majors, went to grad
  • E.g., Brandeis, Thomas Jefferson, North Carolina
    State and Pennsylvania State Universities

Data provided by Career Services
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Lafayette is member of Oberlin 50
  • Despite accounting for only 8 of national
    student enrollment (NSF 2002), over 17 of
    science PhDs are awarded to individuals who
    received their bachelors at liberal arts
    colleges (NSF 1996).
  • 15 liberal arts colleges make the list of the top
    25 institutions that produce the greatest
    proportion of undergraduates who later obtain
    science PhDs (NSF 1996)

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Lori Cooper ('07, BS in Neuroscience)
Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) at the
National Institutes of Health/National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH/NIAAA). She
investigated the efficacy of gene therapy on
treating XP neurological disease. She is at
Thomas Jefferson pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience.
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2. Health Professions (HP)?
  • Call Health Professions Administrative Assistant
    in the Dean's Office (Mrs. Glaus, x 5521)
  • http//healthprofessions.lafayette.edu/
  • Dean Julia Goldberg and Prof. Nancy Waters
  • GPAstudy, work hard
  • MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc.take practice tests
  • Volunteer, shadow, internship
  • Research Experience
  • Independent Research, Honors Thesis, Excel
  • LEARN (research with Lafayette alums at their
    home institutions)
  • RUI (elsewhere, federally funded)search the web
    for institutions
  • Mock Interviews InterviewStream
    http//lafayette.interviewstream.com/Default.aspx

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2. Health Professions (HP)?
  • Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) doctors
  • Physician Assistant (PA), Nursing (RN, LPN/LVN)
  • Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Podiatry (DPM), Chiropractic (DC)
  • Public Health (MPH, PhD)
  • Dentistry (DDS)
  • Optometry (OD)
  • Podiatry (DPM)
  • Veterinarian (DVM)
  • Find HP programs on the web and see what are the
    required and recommended prerequisites.

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Courses not offered at Lafayette
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Many HP programs will accept substitution of
    these
  • Biol 213 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and
  • Biol 251 Human Physiology.
  • FIND OUT!
  • If not, then the courses can be taken locally at
    LVAIC schools (e.g., Cedar Crest) or in the
    summer at a university or community college near
    your home.
  • NOTE Many of you will have AP credit for
    Biology (101/102), Chemistry (121/122), Math (125
    or 161), and English (110) courses. These AP
    credits may be used at Lafayette, but HP schools
    may not accept them. Thus, you must take other
    courses in these departments to meet HP school
    requirements.

13
Jason Brenner ('07, BS in Biology) Attending
George Washington Medical School
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2000-2007 Alums who chose HP
  • 102/339 students (30) went to HP
  • 60/212 (28) of BIOL majors, went to HP
  • 32/79 (41) of NEUR majors, went to HP
  • 10/48 (21) of BIOCHEM majors, went to HP
  • E.g., Jefferson, U. Penn, Albany, UMDNJ, Temple,
    Emory, George Washington allopathic med. schools,
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine,
    Cornell Vet. School, Penn. Dental, Suny College
    of Optometry.

Data provided by Career Services
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3. Industry or Government?
  • Most companies and government agencies demand
    experience. Therefore, get it.
  • Research Experience
  • Independent Research, Honors Thesis, Excel
  • LEARN (with Lafayette alums at their home
    institutions)
  • Teaching Assistant (here)
  • RUI (elsewhere, federally funded)search the web
  • Gateway summer internships
  • Explore interests via job shadowing, such as
    through the Lafayette January Externship Program
  • Government internship
  • Industry internship
  • Role of Lab technician
  • Sales or public outreachget some experience
  • http//biology.lafayette.edu/related-links/

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Start Learning About Job Hunting Now!
  • Connect or re-connect with a Gateway Advisor in
    Career Services!
  • Check online job recruiting services
  • Write your CV/resume
  • Mock Interviews InterviewStream
    http//lafayette.interviewstream.com/Default.aspx
  • Do you know how to write cover letters?
  • Check your Writing Papers in the Biological
    Sciences from Biol. 101/102.

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2000-2007 Alums who chose Ind/Gov
  • 85/339 students (25) went to Ind/Gov
  • 63/212 (30) of BIOL majors went to Ind/Gov
  • 12/79 (12) of NEUR majors, went to Ind/Gov
  • 10/48 (21) of BIOCHEM majors, went to Ind/Gov
  • E.g., Pfizer, Johnson Johnson, National
    Institutes of Health (NIH)

Data provided by Career Services
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4. Not sure?
  • Youve come to the right place!

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4. Not sure?
  • Youve come to the right place!

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4. Not sure?
  • Youve come to the right place!
  • So courses like bioinformatics, biological
    modeling, etc., are really good ideas

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4. Not sure?
  • Youve come to the right place!
  • You cant make an informed choice unless youre
    informed.

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4. Not sure?
  • Search your soul
  • Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
  • Do you want to make money?
  • Do you have a passion for helping people?
  • Do you want to save the planet?
  • Do you want to have a family?
  • Do you like to solve problems?
  • Do you like to work in a lab?
  • Do you see yourself as patent lawyer?
  • http//biology.lafayette.edu/related-links/
  • Talk to your peers, your family, your advisor.
  • Form a Biology Club As upperclasspersons
    (Seniors) next year, you will be the leaders.
  • Sustain your support group e.g., the
    Veterinarian Club.

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2000-2007 Alums
  • 49/339 students (15) pursued careers in other
    areas
  • 37/212 (17) of BIOL majors
  • 10/79 (10) of NEUR majors
  • 2/48 (4) of BIOCHEM majors
  • E.g., Genetic counseling, environmental
    consultant, technical editor, finance, banker,
    lawyer

Data provided by Career Services
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Biology Website
http//biology.lafayette.edu/
Health Professions
http//healthprofessions.lafayette.edu/
Career Service Website
http//careerservices.lafayette.edu/
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Its your life, so start planning your
post-Lafayette career now.
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