Professional Development

The overall goal of the GSC Professional Development Subcommittee is to help fellow graduate students achieve their career goals by providing resources to aid them in their professional development. We have hosted developmental workshops, planned professional headshot services, and held panelled discussions with leaders in both industry and academia to allow graduate students and opportunity to engage with professional across career paths. Other career development services are also provided by programs across campus such as BU’s BEST and the Engineering Career Development Office.

Connect with us on our BU BME GSC LinkedIn page to expand your network of current and past BU BME graduate students!


[Prof Dev] Professional Headshots 9/10/19

September 6th, 2019in Professional Development

Free Professional Headshots for Graduate BME students
When: Tuesday, September 10 from 10:00-5:00
Where: ERB 235 (44 Cummington Mall, Room 235)
Reserve your appointment here! 

The Graduate Student Committee is pleased to announce complementary Professional Headshots! Appointments are 10 minutes and are available Tuesday, September 10 from 10:00-5:00. Please reserve your appointment and arrive 5 minutes early to ERB 235 for your professional headshot.

Our photographer made the following wardrobe suggestions:
Think simple and professional. Try to avoid busy patterns, bold plaids, distracting jewelry, very bright colors and lots of white. Solid colors are preferred. Since this is a headshot, we will ONLY see you from the waist up. You may bring along another clothing choice if you like.

Your GSC

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Individual Development Plan Workshop 6/12/18

June 8th, 2018in Professional Development
Individual Development Plan Workshop
Tuesday, June 12 from 12:00-1:30pm
ERB 203
lunch provided, RSVP
Work hard play hard: make and achieve goals so you can enjoy your summer! 
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you set goals and develop an action plan for achieving them. Sarah Hokanson from the Profession Development of Postdoctoral Affairs will help you create an IDP with SMART goals. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

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Informational Session for Consulting

February 22nd, 2018in Professional Development

ClearView Healthcare Partners, for PhD Students Interested in Life Science
Thursday, 02/22
5:30-7:00pm, PHO 211
ClearView Healthcare Partners will be hosting an informational session that is open to advanced degree candidates interested in a full-time Consultant position.

ClearView Healthcare Partners is a premier life sciences consulting firm with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco serving clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics spaces. We provide world-class strategic decision-making support across a wide range of business issues, supporting clients across the life sciences industry, throughout the corporate structure, and along the complete drug development and commercialization value chain.

Qualifications:  ClearView is seeking advanced degree candidates (e.g., PhD, Postdoc, MD, MBA) focused on the life sciences. Candidates must be highly analytical in their approach to solving complex problems and must enjoy working with colleagues in a dynamic environment. Although prior business or consulting experience is not necessary, all candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the biopharmaceutical industry.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter online at

To apply for a full-time position with a start date in summer 2018, please submit an application by March 4, 2018. Candidates must be aiming to complete their degree program by summer 2018.

In addition to full time positions, ClearView Healthcare Partners also offers a unique opportunity for advanced degree candidates to experience three days as a life sciences strategy consultant and to get to know the firm. ClearView managers will lead teams through an abbreviated project based on high-impact pharmaceutical strategy engagements.

To apply for C2C, please submit an application by April 8, 2018. Candidates must be aiming to complete their degree program by summer 2019.

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Academia Night!

January 20th, 2016in Professional Development

Are you wondering how to find a job in academia after graduate school? How to be successful in an academic position? Then come to BME GSC's Academia Night and ask questions to a panel of current academic professionals! Our panelists are excited to share their experiences in how they reached where they are in their careers.

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BME Careers in Industry Night!

February 11th, 2013in Professional Development

BME Grad Students,

Are you considering a career in industry after completing your degree? Unsure of what that could mean for you, or in need of some advice? Join us at the first BU BME Careers in Industry Night to find out!

In similar style to the Academic Career Night held in October, this panel forum will provide graduate students interested in careers in industry an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of engineers and researchers employed in various capacities at Boston-area companies. Panelists will represent an array of careers in biotech, medical device, and nonprofit companies. Both experienced veterans and newer hires will give their perspectives, giving BU BME students an opportunity to explore both near-term and long-range career topics.

Join us for this exciting and informative event!

When: Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm
Where: Colloquium Room on the 9th Floor of the BU Photonics Building at 8 St. Mary's St
Light food and beverages will be provided

Sean Scanlan, Smith and Nephew
Joanne Kamens, Addgene
Doug Martilla, PatientsLikeMe
Emily Brooks, Boston Biomedical

Come to Academic Career Night on November 13th!

November 6th, 2012in Professional Development

Are you wondering how to find a job in academia after grad school?  Want to hear some advice from young professors who recently went through the process?  Then come to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Committee's (BME GSC) first Academic Career Night!

The focus of the Academic Career Night is to allow graduate students interested in academia a chance to ask questions to current academic professionals about how they reached where they are in their careers.  The event will consist of two panels of academic professionals: one with more experienced researchers/professors and one with more junior researchers/assistant professors.  The idea is that the more senior researchers can discuss what they look for in Post-Doc candidates and how they can help refer their current students to other labs, while the more junior faculty can discuss the process they more recently went through to get their positions and what they learned from the experience.

BME GSC Academic Career Night

  • When: Tuesday, November 13th at 6 PM
  • Where: Colloquium Room on the 9th Floor of the BU Photonics Building at 8 St. Mary's St
  • Schedule: 45-min panel discussion, 30-min networking session, 45-min panel discussion, 30-min networking session
  • Food: Light food and beverages will be provided
  • Please RSVP here