What can you do with a Humanities PhD? Takeaways from “Inside Dope: Life as a Humanist”

by Vael Gates, Alicia Roy, David Bratt, and Cécile Fortuny On April 6th, current and past PhD students in the humanities gathered to hear and share advice about career trajectories. This was the second year of “Inside Dope: Life as a Humanist“, an event organized by the Townsend Center in partnership with the Graduate Division, Career Center, and Beyond Academia. Eleven Berkeley PhD graduates, currently working in a range of academic/non-academic careers, led small group …

Launching a Life Science Startup

by Vael Gates Jan 22nd, Stanley Hall, Berkeley Beyond Academia and QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, teamed up together to put on the event “Launching a Life Science Startup” tonight. We first heard from Ioana L. Aanei, Entrepreneurship Program Manager at QB3, to introduce us to entrepreneurship resources on campus.   Dr. Aanei gave a presentation full of tips on how to begin thinking about starting a startup. From reassurance about the average age …

Corporate research at Agilent: a casual conversation with scientist-in-industry Nick Sampas (PhD in physics)

by Vael Gates Nick Sampas, a PhD in physics, is a senior research scientist at Agilent Technologies. He kindly sat down to talk with me about his job and how he got to where he is. I’ve known Nick for a long time, and know the basics of his position: he is one of the few industry scientists who has spent much of his career at a single company, working at Agilent pursuing biotech research …