Sunday February 20th 2022

You are invited!

Connecticut-based student led group, Beyond the PhD, is hosting their fourth annual career and networking event "Building Your Brand" for students and trainees in STEM on March 17th (5:30-7:30pm ET).

More information about Beyond the PhD is provided at the bottom of the email.

Please share this event with interested individuals - students in STEM based degrees, clubs, or other groups that could benefit.

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Event Details

The goal of our networking event is to provide a platform for upper level college students and graduate level trainees in STEM to learn about careers and network with STEM professionals in academia, Industry, medicine, administration, business, and others! Below is the current agenda and the list of represented careers from our invited STEM professionals.

Event Format: To make this experience more fun for attendees we have decide to host the interactive portion of the event (following the keynote) on Gather Town a virtual conference platform. Student attending the event will be able to choose their own avatar, walk, and discuss informally among peers and professionals like Zoom/Webex breakout rooms but in a simulated real-life experience.

Event Agenda:

5:30-6:15 Keynote presentation by Amy Aines (more information below)

6:15-6:50 Career Panel (we have more than 16 STEM professionals signed up to attend) and open networking

6:50-7:25 Open Networking

7:25-7:30 Final Remarks / Raffle

Raffle: We will be raffling off a copy of Amy Aines book “Championing Science” to students attending the networking event.


About our Keynote Speaker


Amy Aines is the Founder of Talking STEM- Building Vital Communication Skills to Launch Successful Career and has a website with great resources! She is a communications strategist, coach and trainer. She creates workshops and curriculum to teach STEM graduates and early career professionals vital communication methods for effectively championing their ideas and building support for their work. She also teaches essential success skills for the workplace that most scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians didn’t learn in graduate school.

The fee for the event is $5 to cover the cost of the GatherTown platform. Students that are financially restricted and are unable to pay to attend the event can contact us at for a discounted rate.

About Us

Beyond the PhD or formally known as Academia-Industry Opportunities Group (AIOG) is a student-led group that support peer-professional networking and career development in STEM. Founded in 2018 by Dr. Robert Pijewski and Dr. Guilia Vigone, at the time graduate student and postdoctoral fellows, they wanted to learn about their career options and address a need among their peers to find jobs outside of academia.

In the past, the academic career path was conventional for individuals pursuing graduate education in science however given the number of professorships available more PhDs are considering alternative careers outside academic institutions. The mission of AIOG is to provide opportunities for upper level undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows to meet and communicate with scientific professionals in both academic and nonacademic careers.

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