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What is the PhD Career Ladder Program?   The Stony Brook University PhD Career Ladder Program, or PCLP, is an eight-step grad student-led career mentoring program for PhD students. Developed by graduate students, for graduate students, PCLP helps students set aside a few hours each month to focus on their career plan. The eight monthly meetings guide students "up the ladder" of career exploration from self-assessment to career research and skill identification, to resume building and job search preparation. PCLP was founded by graduate students in the MCB program, where they hold a PCLP program for MCB students. 

Four PCLP will run at Stony Brook in 2017-18: 

  • Graduate Career Association Group, for students of any discipline
    Led by Samia Mohammed, PhD Candidate, MCB

  • STRIDE Group, for students in disciplines associated with the Science, Training, and Research to Inform DEcisions (STRIDE) program: Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, SoMAS, Ecology & Evolution, AMS, Journalism, allied fields
    Led by Josh Comden, PhD Candidate, AMS; and Cuiyu Wang, PhD Candidate, SoMAS 

  • Center for Inclusive Education Group, for CIE scholars in any discipline
    Led by Jinelle Wint, PhD Candidate, MCB

  • MCB Group, the founding PCLP group for students in MCB and allied programs, that will start again next Spring

Who should participate? Senior graduate students in any discipline who are starting to think about their career next steps after graduation. PCLP can help you plan for any career field you might be considering, whether inside or outside of academia, and can help you add career development goals to your annual IDP.  

When will it start? PCLP runs annually during the academic year for eight months starting this year on October 4, 2017, at 5pm in WAng Center Room 201.

How can I learn more? Contact the the program at, or attend our information sessions in August and September. Also DOWNLOAD OUR ONE SHEET.

Sign up for our first meeting of all groups on October 4, 2017, at 5pm in Wang Center Room 201.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1735210. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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