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In the Spotlight: Erica Riddle, Ph.D.

Synthesizing science, academia, skills and interests in non-traditional ways results in a fulfilling new career

Stanford Affiliation: Graduate Student
Department: Immunology
School: Medicine
Degree: Ph.D.
Industry: Higher Education Administration
Director of Diversity and Outreach Programs for the Stanford Genome Training Program
Department of Genetics, Stanford, CA

What they don’t tell you is that bench science prepares you for any number of careers in a variety of fields.  The fact is that analytical thinking and problem solving skills, not to mention written and oral communication are skills are in high demand and can create many career opportunities that are considered “non-traditional.”  As a graduate student, I became actively involved in improving graduate student life and graduate diversity.  I have been able to turn my student leadership activity into a career and I’m lucky to be able to do what I love best:  convincing undergraduates that graduate school (particularly, at Stanford) is a challenging, but ultimately rewarding endeavor, and mentoring students that are currently here at Stanford.  If I had one piece of advice to humbly offer it would be this: work hard, make the necessary sacrifices, BUT remember to nurture your entire person.  You are more than your experiments.

Erica Riddle
February 3, 2006

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