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PhD Pathways

PhD Pathways is a virtual mentor circle series that offers graduate students the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with PhD alumni around diverse career trajectories. Explore previously recorded mentor circles below.

Whereas our primary objective is to connect graduate students with PhD alumni for career development purposes, another aim is that we intentionally design these experiences to be both accessible and inclusive as the program grows.”

Jaclyn Hugg, Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

PhD Pathways was recently featured in this Inside Higher Ed article regarding collaborative efforts that engage PhD alumni and graduate students.

Recent Sessions

From the Lab to the Capital

From the Lab to the Nation's Capital: A Conversation with PhD Alumni in Science Policy

Jessica Creery '15 MA, '19 PhD
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Office of Science Policy
National Institutes of Health

Victoria Gunderson '12 PhD
Deputy Director, Office of Investment, Energy, and Infrastructure
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Joseph Tiano '12 PhD
Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting
National Institutes of Health

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Confessions of a Leaper

Confessions of a Leaper

Carolyn Duran '98 PhD
Vice President, Data Platforms Group and General Manager, Memory and IO Technologies
Intel Corporation

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How It Started and How It’s Going: A Conversation with Biomedical Science Postdocs

How It Started and How It’s Going: A Conversation with Biomedical Science Postdocs

Chelsey Spriggs ’17 PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan Medical School

Nisan Hubbard ’20 PhD
SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow
University of North Carolina

Jessica Queen ’13 PhD, ’15 MD
Infectious Disease Fellow
Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Integral to Academia: Careers in Higher Education Administration*

Integral to Academia: Careers in Higher Education Administration*

Stephanie Brehm '13 MA, '17 PhD
Assistant Director, Academic and Strategic Initiatives
The Graduate School, Northwestern University

D’Anne Duncan ’11 PhD
Assistant Dean, Diversity and Learner Success
University of California, San Francisco

Stacy Ochoa Mikrut ’14 PhD
Interim Director of Advising
College of Sciences, San Diego State University

Todd Nordgren ’13 MA, ’18 PhD
Director of LGBTQ Services
Dickinson College

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*This recording only includes the main session. Breakout Room discussions were not recorded. 

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I thought it was so helpful to hear Jennifer's personal experience in applying to data science jobs after her PhD. As a female, it was also helpful to hear the challenges that women still face in acquiring and working in these traditionally male-dominated fields.”

PhD Pathways Participant

Interested in hosting?

We are looking for additional PhD alumni to serve as mentor circle hosts. Email TGS Associate Director, Alumni Engagement Jaclyn Hugg at