The 2020 Scientists Exploring non-Academic caReer CHoices (SEARCH) Symposium, to be held on April 4th in Lawrence, Kansas, is a collaborative effort between graduate students in the Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Chemistry departments at the University of Kansas. This collaboration was born from a common desire of students in these departments to learn about the career opportunities for PhDs outside of traditional academia. A key focus of the 2020 SEARCH Symposium is to highlight the diversity of STEM professionals taking into consideration the diversity of our trainees.
There are three goals of the SEARCH Symposium:
1) Inform trainees of the diversity of science careers by hosting scientists in occupations including policy, biotechnology/industry, science writing, data science, and government/law.
2) Prepare trainees for non-academic careers by discussing professional skills that students can develop while in graduate school or during postdoctoral training.
3) Foster connections between trainees and local scientists through a networking event featuring companies seeking advanced-degree job applicants.