Tuesday February 15th 2022

You are invited!

Hello from Dr. Brittany Knight- a 2013 LHU alumni you might remember. I took several classes and worked for the Biology Department while obtaining my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. I look back very fondly at my time at LHU and believe the education I received at LHU paved the path to my current success.

Since graduating, I obtained my PhD in Biomedical Science and a Postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Engineering both from the University of Connecticut. Currently I work for the United States Association for the Study of Pain and in my free time I co-lead a student led career development group, called Beyond the PhD, with another colleague Dr. Robert Pijewski.

On March 17th (5:30-7:30pm ET) Beyond the PhD will be hosting our fourth annual career and networking event "Building Your Brand" for students and trainees. Please share this event with students in your department, club officers, or other individuals that you think could benefit.

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

Event Details

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


About our Keynote Speaker


Amy Aines is the Founder of Talking STEM- Building Vital Communication Skills to Launch Successful Career and has a website championingscience.com 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 contact@beyond-the-phd.com 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. Giulia 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.

Since Fall 2019, Beyond the PhD has been co-directed by Dr. Pijewski and Dr. Brittany Knight with a team of graduate students in the New England region. Since COVID-19, we have evolved our original on-campus group to a online career resource that provides monthly seminars, networking events, career development workshops and online resources to students on a global scale. Please visit our website for more information about our upcoming events.

Check out our articles on various careers!

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