Organization for Alternative Careers in Science (OACS)

What can you be with a PhD?

The Organization for Alternative Careers in Science (OACS) consists of students in the College of Graduate Studies who are interested in pursuing different career paths. This group strives to educate our graduate student body on the various pathways their PhD degree can lead them.  Furthermore, the group aims to provide volunteering opportunities both inside and out of the University, which can aide students in pursuing jobs in an assortment of PhD job markets. 

2015-2016 Presentations

“Scientific Writing”
Tuesday 9/15/15, 12:00 Noon, Room 3113 WH
Presenter: Sandra Hayes, PhD, Freelance Medical Writer, Hayes Medical Writing

2014-2015 Presentations

“PhDs, how about startups or technology transfer?”
Wednesday 3/4/15, 12:00 Noon, Room 3509 Setnor
A Conversation with Scott McFarlane, Director, Research Technology and Commercialization, SUNY Upstate Medical University

“Careers in Life Science Sales”
Monday 2/16/15, 12:00 Noon, Setnor 2509/2510A
Conversation with Dr. Rebecca Enigk, Territory Account Manager

“Commercialization Panel Discussion”
Monday 4/28/14
Panelists: Robert J. Corona Jr., DO, MBA, CPE, FCAP, FASCP SUNY Upstate Medical University Chief, Chair,
and Professor of Pathology
VP for Innovation and Business Development
3Pound Health Advisory Board Member

Laila Kobrossy Audi, PhD
3Pound Health Director, Research and Community Engagement

Scott Macfarlane, MBA
SUNY Upstate Medical University Director, Research Technology and Commercialization
Director, Office of Technology Transfer

M. Jack Rudnick, JD
Syracuse University College of Law
Director, SU Technology Commercialization Law Program
Director, New York State Science & Technology Law Center
Co-founder of Blue Highway, Inc.

“Lunch With an Undergraduate Professor”
Tuesday 3/31/14
Career as undergraduate professors
Panel Discussion: Adam Pack, PhD, Professor of Biology, Utica College
and Terri Provost, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Utica College


A LinkedIn Account External Icon was set up for students of SUNY Upstate Medical University to network with each other as well as outside of university. It is intended to facilitate a smoother job search after graduating with a Ph.D. Feel free to post any articles, job postings, research papers or news that you think will be of help to others.