Sometimes it really is WHO you know.

Professional Networking

Make a point of meeting the people who can help you advance in your career.


UCSF Connect
An online networking platform with over 2,000 users, comprising current students and postdocs, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

Office of Career and Professional Development
Offers workshops throughout the year, including some on how to build your network.

Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA)
A focal point for many postdoc interest groups that will help you build your professional network as well as your social support system. 

Campus Organizations
There are over 150 registered clubs and organizations at UCSF, including many focused on exploring career interests and options. For example:

  • Concerned about science policy? Check out the Science Policy Group, dedicated to educating UCSF students and postdocs about science policy issues as well as taking action to support science advocacy.
  • Interested in science advocacy and communicating science? Get involved in Carry the One Radio. Founded by a group of UCSF graduate students and postdocs, Carry the One has developed a series of short podcast interviews with scientists, in order to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public.
  • Women in Life Sciences (WiLS) is a very active group group run by graduate student and postdoctoral fellows that is dedicated to promoting gender equity at UCSF.

Connect Socially
​​​​​Building a strong, supportive social network is also crucial to your success and wellbeing.