Career Paths

Beyond Barnard 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. Beyond Barnard 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 Beyond Barnard website.

In Real Life

Majoring and Working in the STEM Fields

Student Speak: Akshaya Nataraj ’17

Akshaya Nataraj ’17 is a modern renaissance woman. Her dedication, ambition, and love for math and statistics opened doors for her at the Columbia University Medical Center, where she assisted leading researchers in answering important medical questions by independently developing statistical formulas and using self-taught coding skills. Outside of the lab, Akshaya found camaraderie and artistic expression through Columbia University Bhangra.

Paula Grammas ’76: Brain Saver

When Paula Grammas ’76 was a young scientist in the late 1980s, she proposed a radical idea in the field of neurodegenerative disease. At the time, most work on diseases such as Alzheimer’s was directed at exploring two well-known proteins that were present in the brains of those with the disease. Grammas, then an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, suggested instead that the brain’s blood vessels might play a crucial role. 

Prof. John Glendinning Publishes New Research on Fetal Alcohol Exposure

A new study authored by John Glendinning, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology, along with Ana Paula Morales Allende (’15) and Joyce Tang (’17) suggests that fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) reduces the taste system’s responsiveness to the bitter flavor and burning sensation of many varieties of alcoholic beverages.

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers

Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both of the California Institute of Technology, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for the discovery of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but had never been directly seen.