EEB and MB Graduate Student Organizations

The 2016 Scientists Exploring non-Academic caReer CHoices (SEARCH) Symposium, to be held on April 2nd in Lawrence, Kansas, is a collaborative effort between the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Molecular Biosciences (MB) Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs) at the University of Kansas. This collaboration was born from a common desire of students in both departments to learn about the career opportunities for PhDs outside of traditional academia.

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 career fair featuring companies seeking advanced-degree job applicants.

To accomplish these goals, the combined GSOs have raised funds to invite over a dozen scientists to speak as part of an all-day symposium at KU at no charge to the participants.  While the 2016 Symposium will focus on careers available to those with advanced degrees in Molecular Biology or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, many careers options can be applied to all science fields, such as health/science policy, patent law, government/independent research, and science writing. Students and post-doctoral researchers from any science-related field are welcome! As the Symposium grows, we have a vision to include more departments.

Know of a company/organization that might be interested in participating in the SEARCH Career Fair?

Please send us an email at with the company's or organization’s name and website. If you have a contact at the company that you don't mind sharing, please include that information as well.

Want to learn more?

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

Ever Onward Campaign

The SEARCH Symposium was partially funded by donations made to KU Student Endowment Board’s crowd-funding campaign, Ever Onward. If you would like to support our graduate student organizations and the 2017 SEARCH Symposium, please consider making a donation. Even the smallest donations make a difference. 

EEB GSO's Ever Onward Campaign

MB GSO's Ever Onward Campaign

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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