Connecting Students and Industry

The BU Industry Scholars Lunch & Learn program connects Boston University PhD and postdoc students with scientific industry leaders.

Students network and learn about potential industry career paths, industry leaders meet top talent and share their knowledge, and collaboration begins.

BEST_logoCorporate Relations is pleased to partner with BU’s BEST on the Lunch & Learn program. The mission of BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) is to expose PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to a number of career options that reflect the range that these trainees can pursue and that are required for a robust biomedical workforce.

Lunch & Learn goals

We seek to:

  • build connections between top BU doctoral/postdoc students (and faculty) and industry partners
  • introduce our graduate students to the realities and possibilities of an industrial career
  • create and expand mutually effective research collaborations between industry and academia
  • forge relationships between industry executives and BU students, faculty, and administrators
  • help executives stay current on academic research and recruitment opportunities

If you share our goals, contact us to learn more about the BU Industry Scholars Lunch & Learn.

What to expect at a Lunch & Learn

Each Lunch & Learn brings together no more than 20 attendees for discussion and networking. Corporate speakers are renowned scientists and engineers recognized by their peers for their own discoveries and inventions, invited from a select pool of industry research partners currently working with Boston University.

Speakers talk briefly about top industry goals and their underlying scientific needs, with a specific emphasis on the implications for research. They share their personal career paths, from academia to industry, and insights on what an industrial career would entail. Corporate colleagues and students are then invited to join the dialogue.

The Lunch & Learn series is organized and sponsored by BU Corporate Relations. For each session, we work closely with a faculty lead and corporate partner to ensure the relevance of the program and an appropriate audience. Students are invited by professors and deans. Events are primarily held on the BU campus, affording easy access to students and faculty in attendance.

View past Lunch & Learn events for examples of previous topics presented by our corporate partners.