The STEM Team at Middlebury College serves both students and alumni who are considering careers in Science or Technology. We work with students at every point in the exploration process, from academic advising, to securing research opportunities and throughout the entire graduate school application process. We work in tandem with faculty advisors to support our students in attaining their goal of becoming a research scientist, engineer, and computer programmer or field biologist.
What You Can Expect
Choosing to pursue a career in Science or Technology is a big decision. In addition to taking the prerequisite science coursework, you can affirm your career choice by doing internships, exploring research opportunities and speaking with alumni. Some careers in Science and Technology require post-graduate schooling and many require additional practical training in the form of a post-doc. It’s not uncommon for students to work in their prospective field for a couple of years before entering graduate school, testing their interests and learning valuable skills.
Think you can’t be an engineer if you attend a liberal arts college? Think again!! Each year a handful of students enter dual degree or 3:2 programs in which a student studies for three years at Middlebury College and two years at a partner institution. At the end of five years, the student receives a B.A. from Middlebury, and a B.S. from the engineering school. Language skills can be immensely useful in science and technology, and Middlebury College STEM students will often minor or double major in a language.
There are many paths to a rewarding career in Science and Technology. Some graduates will pursue a career in industry or a start-up, while others prefer small community based employment. Still others will elect to become faculty members and teach and run a lab. Depending on the particular graduate program and funding, professional school may be tuition free or in some instances, students may emerge with significant debt. Spending time learning about your possible career will help you understand the challenges and rewards of the occupation as well as the work-life balance typical of your intended path.
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