Turning Points: Blend Disciplines for a Blue Sky Career

After one of my recent talks at a graduate school, an immunology student asked how she could get writing experience and develop samples for a portfolio. Many students who want to write or pursue a business career, for example, wonder whether they should get additional degrees. "Do I need a journalism degree for science writing? An education degree to teach? An MBA for a biotechnology job? A second masters gave me practical experience and a place to meet a network of colleagues. Some new program

Karen Young Kreeger
Apr 28, 2002
After one of my recent talks at a graduate school, an immunology student asked how she could get writing experience and develop samples for a portfolio. Many students who want to write or pursue a business career, for example, wonder whether they should get additional degrees. "Do I need a journalism degree for science writing? An education degree to teach? An MBA for a biotechnology job?

A second masters gave me practical experience and a place to meet a network of colleagues. Some new programs anticipate such needs, giving graduate students and even some postdocs more options to explore.

The Science Masters program (www.sciencemasters.com) is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in about 30 colleges and universities for master study in eight disciplines: bioinformatics, biotechnology, chemistry, computational sciences, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, and physics.

Marc Doble, a Sloan student at the Keck Graduate Institute, says the...

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