Cynthia N. Fuhrmann PhD
|Institution||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
|Department||Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology|
|Address||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann is Assistant Dean of Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). In this role, she leads the development of new programs to assist graduate students and postdocs in preparing for their future scientific careers. Dr. Fuhrmann transitioned to UMMS from UCSF, where she founded and directed the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw professional skills development programs for biomedical scientists.
Dr. Fuhrmann teaches workshops regionally and nationally, on topics such as preparing for the academic job search, giving a dynamic research talk, and creating an Individual Development Plan. She co-authored and coordinated technical development of myIDP
, an interactive career-planning website launched by Science Careers in September 2012. Funded by AAAS and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, myIDP assists science trainees with exploring career options, making career decisions, and creating a career development plan for achieving their goals.
Dr. Fuhrmann has great interest in national policy related to the career development of scientists. In 2011 she published the first study to look at (a) career preferences of doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the basic biomedical sciences and (b) how these preferences differ based on year of training. Her research in this area has been cited or highlighted in Science, Nature Careers, PLOS One, the NIH Biomedical Workforce Working Group Report, NIH Extramural Nexus Newsletter, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tomorrow's Professor.About GSBS Career & Professional Development >
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