Event Date and Time
1103 Bioscience Research Building

NACS is holding an “alternative” career symposium for NACS graduate students and graduate students of NACS faculty. Depending on the particular research area, only 20-50% of PhDs end up in tenure track faculty positions. Given these statistics, we believe that it’s important to provide our graduate students with information on the wide variety of career paths available to them once they complete their degree.

This symposium will include talks, discussion/questions, and lunch. Our confirmed speakers cover the areas of entrepreneurship, patent law, business consulting, university administration, nonprofit, government, and industry.

Agenda for the Alternative Career Symposium

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Debra Weinstein, Assistant Director at the Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research: “Identifying and Applying for Non-Academic Jobs”

9:45 am – 11:30 am


Path to Non-Academic Careers: Short Stories

·         Clare Stroud, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Medicine

·         Michelle Wales, Principal, InHouse Patent Counsel

·         Pamela Lanford, Director of Animal Research Support & Manager, IACUC, UMD (former UMD graduate student)

·         Ram Aiyar, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BioHealth Innovation

·         Mimi Ghim, Research Training Coordinator, NIDA, NIH (former UMD graduate student)

·         Michelle Kadnar, Associate, Booz Allan Hamilton

·         Scott Robbins, Senior Scientist, MedImmune

·         Matt Mulvey, CEO, BeneVir


11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Questions (Facilitators Molly Hyer and Chris Heffner)


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm