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: Science Policy & Government Affairs, Washington DC
March 23 – 27, 2020

The Science Policy trek will offer senior graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to visit a broad variety of governmental and non-governmental offices and institutes to learn more about career opportunities for STEM PhDs in science policy and government affairs. For more details and to find out how to apply, click HERE.

Requirements & Expectations of all myCHOICE Trek participants

  • Graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and alumni (within two years of leaving UChicago) in the Biological Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Division, or Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering are welcome to apply to participate in a long-distance Trek.
  • In addition to the Trek-specific application (found through the links below), become a myCHOICE Trainee by submitting the myCHOICE Trainee Application.
  • Local Treks are open to all community members.
  • Upon completion of the Trek, you will 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.

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What trainees are saying about Treks

The Biopharma Trek (Boston 2017) 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 finishing my postdoc at UChicago.

John Leonard, Ph.D.

Scientist, 3T Biosciences