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Science Alliance

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Preparing Students & Postdocs for Successful Careers

The next generation of scientists and engineers will need an increasingly diverse skill set to effectively communicate their work, secure research funding, and land professional opportunities. That’s why the Academy partnered with a consortium of universities, teaching hospitals and independent research facilities to create the Science Alliance program in 2003.

Educational institutions join Science Alliance by sponsoring their students, postdocs or faculty for Membership. To find out more, contact:

Alejandro de la Puente, PhD
Associate Director, Science Alliance

Aligning Scientific Training with Workforce Needs

Through its seminars, workshops and courses, Science Alliance offers early career researchers unparalleled opportunities to learn and network across institutions, disciplines and industries.

  • Skill-Building Workshops on effective grant-writing, securing research funding, communications & career planning
  • Online Courses enabling students to earn career-building credentials in areas such as Teaching, Clinical Research Management, and more…
  • Leadership Training to equip students & postdocs with the soft skills they’ll need to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
  • Mentoring & Networking to connect early career scientists and engineers with contacts and opportunities outside academia


Alejandro de la Puente

Associate Director, Science Alliance


Science Alliance Partner Institutions

We partner with universities, teaching hospitals, independent research facilities, and organizations to make our programming as widespread and accessible as possible. Our partnerships are formed at the institutional level, and Memberships are provided for graduate students, postdocs and faculty who are enrolled and sponsored by their home institutions.

Science Alliance

Science Alliance Forums

Would you like to find out more about an upcoming Science Alliance event? Are you interested in connecting with peers and other STEM professionals who share your interest in career development? On this page you can request access to discussion groups for specific topics relating to professional development, career opportunities, and more. To access this resource, just scroll down the page to view upcoming forums, then sign up to join them via the link provided. After submitting the form you'll receive an email with instructions on how to access the live forum.

Science Alliance
Science Alliance

Thinking About Teaching (In and Out of School)?

Our Careers in Education forum will run in conjunction with the Global STEM Alliance and will be facilitated by formal and informal educators, and where subject matter experts can ask questions, share advice, and compare experiences about pursuing a teaching career.

Join the Science Alliance Thinking about Teaching Forum to have a live conversation about teaching in and out of schools.

February 25th – From Scientists to Science Educator with Allan Powe, PhD.

About Allan - Allan is a research biologist with nearly 30 years of experience. A native New Yorker, he earned his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctorate in Biological Sciences at the Rockefeller University in New York. As a postdoc at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Allan studied CFTR, the ion channel defective in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), using a combination of genetics and biophysics. For twelve years, Allan worked at biotechnology companies doing drug discovery, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals where he collaborated with teams of scientists to develop drugs for CF. While doing educational outreach at Vertex, Allan found a new calling: teaching science. He is now pursuing a career as a science/STEM educator and shares his passion for science as a New York Academy of Sciences Scientist-in-Residence at NYC public schools and as an electives coordinator for the EDGE Movement NYC mentoring program.

March 20th – Teaching Science in an Informal Setting with Jeanne Garbarino, PhD from RockEDU.

About Jeanne: Jeanne began her tenure at The Rockefeller University first as a postdoctoral  trainee in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, where she studied how individual molecules of cholesterol moved around inside a cell, and how disruptions in this process can impact heart disease risk in humans. After nearly five years, she transitioned to leading efforts centered on public engagement with science as the university’s Director of RockEDU Science Outreach. In this role, Jeanne works with the RockEDU team to build sustainable collaborations between scientists and K-12 science teachers, and to foster a genuine appreciation of science and its impact on society among K-12 students. She is also leading national efforts to promote science outreach as both a field and a practice. Jeanne earned her BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo, and her Ph.D. in metabolic biology from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.  You can find Jeanne on social media under the handle @JeanneGarb.

March 27th – Teaching Science in a Formal Setting with Dessy Natalia, PhD

About Dessy: Dessy is a teacher at Urban Action Academy in Brooklyn. She teaches chemistry and AP Chemistry to grade 9-12. She got her PhD from RWTH Aachen Germany with the focus of biocatalysis in supercritical fluids. When she moved to NYC, she volunteered in New York Academy of Sciences in an afterschool program where she taught forensic for elementary school students in NYC. The wonderful experience with NYAS encourages her to become a teacher. She went on to earn a Master of Art in Teaching from Relay Graduate School. She has been teaching at Urban Action Academy since then.