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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.

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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.

Find Out More About Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT)

Are you considering applying to participate in the March 2019 SALT program? Want to ask a SALT alum what they think made their application successful? Would you like to learn about their experience in the program, or understand how SALT impacted their academic career? Join the Science Alliance SALT Forum to ask these and other questions regarding our amazing leadership training program.

We will feature one alum each in forum sessions on January 16th,  23rd, and the 30th.

January 16th Session: Carlos M. De Leon

About Carlos: Carlos M. De Leon-Rodriguez received his Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine while working on his thesis as a visiting scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Arturo Casadevall at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His thesis research focused on the role of phagolysosomal membrane permeabilization on macrophage interactions with the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. He is currently an ORISE Post-doctoral fellow at the CDC Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His current project involves the development of serodiagnostic tests for dengue and Zika viruses. He holds a certificate in project management from the NYC School of Professional Studies and is a 2016 Yale Ciencia fellow. He is passionate about using mentoring, teaching, community engagement, and educational programs to empower underserved communities.

January 23rd Session: Sarah Smaga

About Sarah: Sarah is the Coordinating Editor of Biochemistry and a Project Coordinator at the Center for Genetically Encoded Materials under the direction of Professor Alanna Schepartz. Sarah received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 2018. As a graduate student, she was co-president of the Yale Science Diplomats, a member of the Graduate Student Assembly Steering Committee, and an advisor on Dr. Valerie Horsley's state Senate campaign. Sarah graduated from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University in 2013 with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is also a co-coordinator of the 500 Women Scientists New Haven Pod.

January  30th Session: To Be Announced

Thinking About Teaching (Formal and Informal)?

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

Coming Soon!