Career Library

The BEST Program has developed a library of career resources on the Roanoke campus for doctoral students and postdocs in the biomedical and health sciences. Please contact Brent Bowden( to sign out any of these books (2 weeks maximum).

Barker, K. (2002). At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Basalla, S. and M. Debelius (2008). “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia, University of Chicago Press.

*BEST Book Review– Lauren Kennedy- PhD Student in TBMH

Borbye, L. (2010). Secrets to Success in Industry Careers: Essential Skills for Science and Business, Elsevier Science.

Bush, P. M. C. (2012). Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women, Elsevier Science.

Carter, M. (2012). Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More, Elsevier Science.

Feibelman, P. J. (2011). A PhD is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science, Basic Books.

*BEST Book Review–  Katie Degen- PhD Student in SBES

Gray, P. and D. E. Drew (2008). What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career, Stylus Pub.

Johnson, A. M. (2011). Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career: A Guide for Early Career Researchers, Elsevier B.V.

Johnson, A. M. and A. P. Johnson (2013). Improving Your Research Management: A Guide for Senior University Research Managers, Elsevier.

*BEST Book Review–  Katie Degen- PhD Student in SBES

Margulis, A. R. (2010). The Road to Success: A Career Manual – How to Advance to the Top, Elsevier Science.

Olivero, O. (2013). Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science: Strategies for Success, Elsevier Science.

Robbins-Roth, C. (2006). Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower (Second Edition). Burlington, Academic Press.

Where can I go for additional resources?


National Postdoctoral Association

Science Careers


VT websites:

Advance VT

*Materials from Advance VT Seminars and Workshops

*Events, Opportunities and Services for Graduate Students

VT KnowledgeWorks

The Graduate School

VT certificate programs

PhD Program in Translational Biology, Medicine and Health