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Balancing Non-Academic Career Pursuits While Pursuing A Ph.D.

A graphic for the "Balancing Non-Academic Career Pursuits While Pursuing A Ph.D." event on April 13, 2023.

Pursuing a professional career while in a PhD program can be a daunting task, but there are plenty of successful examples. Join us for a lively panel discussion from a variety of perspectives, from both inside and outside the academy.


Robbie Hable, Ph.D. (he/him/his) graduated with his Ph.D. at the end of 2018 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. After accepting a BS-level position at an Iowa biorefinery a few months after graduating, he was accepted, via a semi-cold connection request on LinkedIn, into a Ph.D. leadership development program with the large, global chemical corporation - BASF.

Dr. Susanna Harris is a science communicator and multimedia marketer specializing in health sciences company growth. Susanna has achieved success as a leader in scientific communications, community engagement, and optimizing social media platforms by bringing her passion as a researcher and spokesperson for Ph.D. students in mental health advocacy and the promotion of scientific education and accessibility

Alexandra (Ali) Massa (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cancer Biology and an Innovation Fellow at Dartmouth. Prior to graduate school, Ali worked in Boston, MA at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and immuno-oncology startup, Neon Therapeutics.

Eloïse Fairbank (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Her research focuses on the relation between social support and health among youth.

From left: Robbie Hable, Susanna Harris, Alexadnra Massa, Eloise Fairbank

This webinar is part of the Professional Development Series and is available to students through The Graduate School's subscription to VersatilePhD.


Careers Beyond Academia, Open to Alumni Attendees, Professional Adaptability, Professional Development, Self Awareness