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Why You Should Postdoc: Interview with Dr. Catharine Young

Why You Should Postdoc: Interview with Dr. Catharine Young

Wait, getting your PhD is not enough?! From scientist to science policy -- Liz Wayne talks to Dr. Catharine Young about alt-ac from the STEM side, developing skills from a postdoc in biomedical sciences to her current position as the Science and Innovation Policy Adviser for the British Embassy. Our different experiences in academia open us to new possibilities and equally legitimate ways to love the subject we study. Turns out that having a PhD is not enough for a job in 2016, even after all we've accomplished! Through the American Association for the Advancement of Science fellowship, Dr. Young traveled internationally to work on addressing Ebola and other biological threats for the US and other countries. How do we put our work into broader context for the betterment of society? Grad students need to be exposed to more opportunities beyond academia during their degree. From science benchwork to science communication, Liz and Dr. Young chat about taking science out of the ivory tower