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: Biopharma Trek 2018
The Biopharma Trek to Boston (November 12 – 14, 2018) will introduce senior graduate students and postdocs who are exploring career opportunities in pharmaceutical research to the broad variety of jobs available to them in Boston. The application for this Trek is now closed.
- Science Policy Trek to Washington DC (Winter 2018)
- Data Science and Computational Biology Trek to the San Francisco Bay Area (Autumn 2017)
- Biotech & Biopharma Trek to Boston (Summer 2017)
- Science Policy Trek to Washington, DC (Fall 2016)
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
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.