Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Kansas has cancelled all scheduled meetings over 50 participants. Unfortunately this includes SEARCH 2020, which will no longer take place on April 4th, 2020. The organization team is currently working on a plan to postpone the meeting until the Fall of 2020, and will be able to provide more information soon. 
For more information, please see https://coronavirus.ku.edu
We thank you for your time and willingness to participate in SEARCH this year, and hope that you will still consider participating on the future date. For future updates, please check the SEARCH Symposium website (https://searchsymposium.ku.edu). 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 
2020 SEARCH Organizing Committee 

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.

Want to learn more?

If you have a question or would like to be involved in organizing the Symposium, please email us at searchku1@gmail.com.


The SEARCH Symposium was partially funded by donations made to KU Student Endowment Board’s crowd-funding campaign, LaunchKU. If you would like to support our graduate student organizations and the 2020 SEARCH Symposium, please consider making a donation. Even the smallest donations make a difference. 


Thank you for supporting graduate students' efforts to promote science education and outreach, professional development events, and travel to professional meetings.

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