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Graduate College

Career & Professional Development

In addition to ensuring rigor in academics and research, the Graduate College supports the development of a comprehensive skill set.  We offer extensive career & professional development programming that includes monthly seminars, Preparing Future Faculty, the GREAT Symposium, and Aurora's eLearning platform. Additionally, trainees can connect with OK Catalyst and OU's Tom Love Innovation Hub which support discovery and innovation, tech development, and business start-ups. 

We also encourage active engagement amongst our trainees. Students can get involved in campus leadership and volunteer opportunities as well as STEM promotion and community outreach. The Graduate College participates in numerous events to showcase research in biomedical and health sciences, and, to promote opportunities in these fields and career paths. Recurring outreach events include: Summer Undergraduate Research Programs, Aspiring Health Professions Summer Academy, Summer Immersion Program, Discovery Days, Minority Health Conference, and Club Scrubs. 

Seminar Series & Workshops  GREAT Symposium

Focus Areas

  • Career Prep
  • Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Services
  • Communication
  • Grants & Funding
  • Teamwork
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Career Exploration

Students with an advanced degree in biomedical or health sciences can pursue a multitude of career paths. Our trainees go on to become scientists, teachers, care providers, administrators, grant and funding specialists, scientific or medical writers, policy advocates, and entrepreneurs. 

To showcase different career opportunities, we feature alumni panels and industry professionals as part of our Seminar Series and annual GREAT Symposium. Additionally, we collaborate with Price Business College Entrepreneurship Faculty and the Tom Love Innovation Hub to provide programming geared towards innovation, commercialization, and business development while also providing important networking opportunities that allow trainees to engage with Oklahoma's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Graduate College also provides access to Aurora, by Beyond the Professoriate, for PhD students and postdocs across all disciplines. Through two programs of study, users are empowered to make informed decisions about their career path and learn successful job search strategies from other PhDs. Aurora's eLearning platform also includes on-demand, self-paced learning modules dedicated to writing and communication, productivity and time management, networking, and interview preparation, among others. A certificate of completion is issued for select modules. Users can also access an extensive video library to hear from PhDs working in diverse job sectors, as well as monthly webinars and career fairs.  

Designed and built by PhDs, Aurora benefits students and postdocs by:

  • supporting career exploration
  • providing accessible , well-curated resources
  • promoting engaged learning through reflective activities
  • complementing existing professional development
  • offering recorded seminars, reflective prompts, and assessments that guide the user experience and foster user engagement

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Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement on the OU-Tulsa campus has developed a graduate certificate to help students discover how they are uniquely suited to impact the world around them. The graduate certificate in community engagement, launched in spring 2022, augments any of the graduate and professional education degree programs offered at OU-Tulsa, the Norman campus or the Health Sciences Center. Learn more ››


Additional Career Resources

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a variety of career resources:

Transitioning to industry:

 Karen Kelsky offers webinars and resources on academic and non-academic careers:

 Non-academic careers: