Professional Development Treks

A key goal of a myCHOICE Experience is to provide real-world practical experience in a specific career field beyond academic research. The trek format allows trainees to travel with a cohort of trainees with similar interests to a hand-picked selection of companies and/or organizations within a single field. The trek is ideal for individuals who have largely decided on a specific career trajectory and are building their professional network towards that outcome.

Upcoming Trek: Regulatory Affairs Mini-Trek 2019

The Mini-Trek to Vanderbilt University (March 7 – 9, 2019) will introduce senior graduate students and postdocs to career opportunities in regulatory affairs. Click here to find out more.

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Requirements & Expectations of all myCHOICE Trek participants

  • In addition to the trek-specific application (found through the links below), become a myCHOICE Trainee by submitting the myCHOICE Trainee Application.
  • In order to participate in a long-distance trek, you must be a graduate student or postdoctoral trainee in the UChicago Biological Sciences Division. Local treks are open to all community members.
  • Upon completion of the trek, reflect on your experience and next steps in a short statement (< 500 words).
  • myCHOICE will cover the airfare and hotel accommodations related to the trip. The trainee is responsible for daily transportation, meals, and any other expenses.

Photos from past Treks

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What trainees are saying about Treks

The San Francisco Trek exposed me to a variety of company sizes and cultures. Through this experience, I learned I wanted to work at a smaller biotech company and have recently taken a Scientist position in the Bay Area after graduating UChicago. John Leonard, Ph.D.

Scientist, 3T Biosciences