Navigating the intersections of your life and career


Many important life factors affect our career advancement and choices either continuously or sporadically.

In this section


Financial resources for professional development

  • The Graduate Student Body Committee offers funds for student professional development activities. Watch your email for announcements of application deadlines.
  •  (for graduate students only) to attend events of technology and business organizations in the region to further your professional development

International resources

  • UMMS Immigration Services
  • Brief explanation of the (for more details about teaching in the US see the book "Teaching American Students: a guide for international faculty and teaching assistants in colleges and universities" in the )

Dual-career resources

  • Appointments to discuss strategies for your dual career job search

Traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences

  • UMMS Diversity and Inclusion
  • GSBS Diversity Interest Group & Allies (Faculty advisor: Dr. Brian Lewis)
  • UMMS SACNAS Chapter & Allies (Faculty advisor: Teresita Padilla-Benavides)
  • web portal


  • Future Institute Women's Faculty Committee -
  • NEW!  
  • The has information about mentoring, career and professional development, and childcare resources available through 46 professional associations and societies
  • online coaching, resources, and research to help women in science and engineering (WISE)
  • chronicle successful women in science and engineering who have completed their doctoral degrees and progressed into STEM careers, organized by the Common Concern topics (Advisor Issues, Balance, Climate, and Delays).
  • provides an online toolkit for students, postdocs, faculty, and administrators with details on how Title IX protections apply to maternity leave, etc.

Ethnic minorities

  • SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) (PhD degree required)


Individuals with disabilities

Balancing & integrating life+career

  • Confidential, free appointments available for students and postdocs
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  • Perspectives on from ASBMBToday
  • Bruce Alberts on from Nature
  • For families
    • NIAID offers to assist primary caregivers who must be away from the lab to help a sick family member.
    • article in Nature
    • article from ASCB COMPASS blog
    • National Postdoc Association's
    • Child care resources from UMMS Employee Assistance Program
    • Elder care resources from UMMS Employee Assistance Program
  • Mindfulness resources, practice groups and events from the UMMS Center for Mindfulness and their online community portal
  • Video of Dr. Joanne Kamen's tips and tricks of  for PhD-trained scientists

Additional sources of support & resources at UMMS