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Physical & Life Sciences

Welcome to the Physical & Life Sciences interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers related to the study of non-living systems such as the earth, atmosphere and space or living organisms such as people, animals, and plants.

People who pursue careers in Physical or Life Sciences often work in research roles, which can vary widely in terms of topic, goals, and work setting.

Should You Do a PhD?

Are you considering a PhD and need help deciding?  You can access this short e-book with 8 tips to help you decide:

  PDF: https://sfmartins.gumroad.com/l/ShouldIDoAPhD
  Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YRB38W3

For a free copy, please email the author directly at Samuel.martins@live.com or text via LinkedIn.

By Briana Randall (She/Her)
Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director
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An Evening With Neuroscience 5/6

Grey Matters is the University of Washington’s undergraduate neuroscience journal, committed to making neuroscience accessible and exciting for everyone through their quarterly journal and annual event, An Evening With Neuroscience. An Evening With Neuroscience is a casual event that anyone …

By Dan Poux (He/Him)
Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach
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Science, Evidence, and Health: Mastering Health Information and Personal Health Technologies — Fall 2022

In Fall quarter, the UW College of Nursing will be offering NMETH 210: Science, Evidence, and Health: Mastering Health Information and Personal Health Technologies. This course is open to all undergraduate students. The course explores health topics of interest to …

By Dan Poux (He/Him)
Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach
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International Internships – apply by April 15

Aga Khan University

Through a partnership with UW’s Population Health Initiative, Aga Khan University (AKU) makes international internships available to UW students. Applications for in-person/on-site internships in Nairobi/Kenya and in Karachi/Pakistan that start in Summer 2022 (start date July 4, …

By Jessie Smith (She/Her)
Jessie Smith (She/Her) Assistant Director of Employer & Community Connections
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Synapse “I Love My Brain” panel and call for board members

Synapse at the UW is a student-led brain injury support group. They host support groups and social events for individuals with brain injuries in the Seattle area, in addition to educational workshops with professional partners. Student members are an integral …

By Dan Poux (He/Him)
Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach
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Student Stories & Advice

Katie Firestone

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  • Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator University of California, San Francisco

Lauren Burgess

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  • Research Associate Phase Genomics

Casey C

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  • PhD Student - Chemistry University of California, Berkeley

Annette Mercedes

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  • Grad Student - Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Boar

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  • Manufacturing Associate; Purification Just Evotec Biologics

Lukas M

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  • Technical Associate McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Eva B

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  • Veterinary Assistant Seattle Veterinary Associates

Morgan B

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  • Lab Manager University of Pittsburgh

Featured Resources

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Third Edition

Worldwide, more than 2,700 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies comprise a trillion-dollar industry, with many of the top companies—and one of …

Vault Guide to Chemicals Industry Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Medical Equipment Manufacturing Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Earth Science Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Chemistry Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Biology and Life Sciences Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …