I obtained my PhD in 2008. Since that time I have been working at Cargill in the Biotechnology Research and Development department. I currently have two people from the training grant in my department and we have had many strong interns over the years that we have acquired through our relationship with the training grant.
Erin Marasco, Principal Biochemist Cargill
Career Skills and Professional Development
Our Alumni Network, are a key resource for career insights and planning, and for professional development and networking. Our alumni regularly return to share their insight in different areas, including their experiences in career development and in balancing career and family. In our last winter retreat at the Itasca Biological Station, two alumni (Katie and Aaron Wlaschin) and their young children spent one weekend with our trainees.
The successes of our training grant alumni in their academic and industrial positions serve as the best examples for potential career trajectories in biotechnology for our current trainees. Importantly, our program has created a large appreciative and supportive group of alumni. Every alumnus who has received a request to speak at our training grant Alumni Symposium responded favorably. Our past trainees, of whom the vast majority joined the industrial sector, serve as an informal job referral group for our graduating trainees; our program routinely receives information on entry-level job opening for PhDs from many companies.
Training Grant Alumni
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