About Me

Dr. Ryan Raver, the founder of The Grad Student Way, is a PhD Graduate in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology program at UW-Madison. He is an experienced  Entrepreneur, Author, Career Speaker, Product Manager, and former Scientist.

You can read more here about the intentions, history, experiences, and purpose of this blog.

With the help of Science Careers Magazine and Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (along with many other collaborators), Dr. Raver has a passion to help other graduate students and post-docs with career counseling. The lack of Professional and Career Development within Universities and grad schools is the main reason why he decided to create and launch The Grad Student Way. In addition, he felt compelled to make others aware of graduate school hardships (prospective or current students) and provide solutions, advice, and insights. Dr. Raver’s hope is that whatever stage you are at in your career, that you will find this blog and website useful. Feel free to contact for any resume, grad school, career advice, or speaking/consulting opportunities. 

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Speaker/Panelist Presentations

  1. Rush University (Chicago): PhD to Industry (March 2023) – Virtual
  2. ASBMB Conference: The career journey from academia to industry and on to entrepreneurship: How to find a job and build a career and/or a company outside of the ivory tower (April 2020), San Diego
  3. STEM PhD Career MiLead Consulting Seminar (Nov 2019),  Ann Arbor
  4. University of Maine: Science and Business Careers in Industry for STEM PhD’s Seminar (February 2019)
  5. Science and Business Careers in Industry for STEM PhDs (2017)
  6. UW-Madison Life Science Career Day (April 2016), Madison WI
  7. Beyond the Professoriate: For PhDs In Career Transition (2014)
  8. AAAS Web Exclusive: Transitioning Your Career From Lab To Management (2014)
  9. Postdoctoral Conference on Professional Development: Building a Power Network (2013)

A career and PhD in the Sciences (STEM field) can open up a world of opportunity. Time invested at the lab bench can be one of the most fulfilling opportunities for those who strive to innovate, make new discoveries, and ultimately better the quality of human life. But you may be at a point where you are ready for a new challenge, and one that fully utilizes and hones in on your interpersonal, business, and leadership skills. That’s why it is important to be aware of the steps one can take NOW, along with having deeper knowledge and insights into the business side of Science and its long-term (and short-term) benefits.

*Please contact regarding potential University hosted events on Career and Professional Development, or STEM Webinar Career Series. I am interested in consulting opportunities, and happy to give talks on PhD/grad school networking, industry hiring, resume/CV, and professional/career development for PhDs or postdocs.

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