FUTURE Overview

What is FUTURE?

A new program that expands professional growth opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in the biomedical sciences.  FUTURE is funded by the NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) initiative which aims to support the development of a broadly skilled biomedical research workforce by preparing graduate students and postdocs for a wide range of careers both within and beyond academia.

What is the goal?

To help UC Davis life science postdocs and PhD students acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to successfully transition into the careers of their choice. 

Who is eligible?

FUTURE is open to all UC Davis PhD students and postdocs engaged in biomedical research, which we define broadly as any research related to advancing health.

How does it work?

Graduate students and postdocs can participate in FUTURE through one of two tracks. Those interested in a full series of professional development workshops, an internship or externship experience, additional career exploration activities, and guidance from a career adviser should apply to the Certificate Track.  Participants who complete the required components of this track will receive a professional development certificate to document their FUTURE experience. Trainees who prefer a less structured, less-intensive professional development experience can choose the Self-Directed Track, which includes a one-day Career Gear Up workshop and access to many of the same program benefits as Certificate track participants, but allows more flexibility and less time commitment. All FUTURE participants will have access to the Career Explorers Network and the Career Exploration Fund to support professional development activities. 

How Do I Learn More About the Program?

Click on the green "FUTURE Tracks" button below for more details, or attend an information session in October.  For more questions, send a message to FUTUREprogram@ucdavis.edu.

Come to an Info Session!
  • October 10 (Mon): 11-12 pm Genome Building Room 1005
  • October 13 (Thur): 11-12 pm UCDMC CHT Building Rm 1333
  • October 17 (Mon): 11-12 pm   South Hall Rm 114

FUTURE Tracks: Certificate and Self-Directed