Career Paths

Barnard's Office of Career Development offers several programs to highlight careers made possible with a STEM major, to help students find their path and to connect students with alumnae and other professionals who provide real-world insight.

A major in a STEM discipline can lead to a career in a wide range of fields from medicine or computer programming to nuclear engineering or cancer research. The Career Development office is here to help you find your path.

Careers and Coffee Series

This series of presentations and get-togethers introduces Barnard students to professionals in a broad range of careers and industries so that they can get an honest picture of what it’s all about—the real scoop. Guest speakers, many of whom are Barnard alumnae, come to campus to hold informal chats with students or participate in panel presentations based on targeted industries. They share academic and career stories, provide professional advice, and field questions, to offer an inside view of building a career. Students will gain exposure to career paths they may not have considered, along with the encouragement to seek additional knowledge about a particular industry.

STEM Jumpstart Program

The mission of the Jumpstart Programs overall is to advance industry-specific knowledge and professional skill of students through exposure to industry experts, lecture-based training, professional resources and networking, and practical experience though jobs and internships.

Participants in the STEM Jumpstart Program will learn practical strategies and an understanding of the core proficiencies and expertise necessary to enter the technology industry.

Programs are held throughout the academic year, including a Women in Tech Conference, featuring workshops, panels, vendor fair, technical speakers, mentoring and a job/internship fair.

For details on these programs and a schedule of events, please visit the Career Development website.

In Real Life

Majoring and Working in the STEM Fields

Dusa McDuff: A Formula for Expanding the Numbers

Recently awarded the 2017 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Exposition, McDuff is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the field of symplectic geometry and topology, and was recently named an honorary fellow of King's College, Cambridge University. Symplectic geometry is an abstract discipline that studies the interactions of pairs of quantities via the measurement of two-dimensional areas.

Love at First Lab

 In 2015, Jacqueline Barton ’74 became only the third woman to receive the Priestley Medal, the highest award given by the American Chemical Society. It was the capstone moment in a career that’s won her nearly every major prize in chemistry—a field long considered so male dominated that Barton never even considered the possibility of taking chemistry classes until she came to Barnard.

Alumnae in Science

Alumnae working as scientists in fields from astrophysics to DNA analysis tell how they found their passion and navigated their careers.