SEARCH Symposium

Week 1: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Keynote Address, 10 AM - 11 AM CST

Dr. Sarah Vickery, Vice President of Scientific Communications, R&D, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Panel - Merging Science with Other Fields, 11 AM - 12 PM CST 

Dr. Lenny Teytelman, CEO and co-founder, 

Dr. Aswini Betha, Licensing Associate, KU Center for Technology Commercialization 

Dr. Kayla Capper, Product Scientist, 23andMe

Dr. Joel Welch, Associate Director for Biosimilar & Regulatory Policy (Acting), FDA

Week 2: Saturday, November 7, 2020

Panel - Science Education, Outreach, & Communication, 10 AM - 11 AM CST

Dr. Frances Forrest, Manager of the Human Origins Educational Laboratory, American Museum of Natural History

Dr. Elizabeth Wenske-Mullinax, Former Project Manager of Continuing Medical Education, KUMC

Dr. Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, Former Career Academy Liaison, The Partnership for Regional Education Preparation - Kansas City

Dr. CJ Neely, Assistant Director of Career Education, Johns Hopkins Professional Development and Career Office

Dr. Mike Tarselli, Chief Scientific Officer, TetraScience

Panel - Industry & Research Organizations, 11 AM - 12 PM CST

Dr. Stephanie Pasas Farmer, President and Founder, Ariadne Solutions

Dr. Gada Al-ani, Principal Investigator, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Alison Gerken, Research Molecular Biologist, USDA

Dr. Nathan Lacher, Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc.

Week 3: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Breakout Sessions, 10 AM - 11 AM CST

"Diversity in Sciences and Programs" with Dr. Lena Hileman, Professor and Interim Director for the KU Office for Diversity in Science Training

"Getting Involved in Science Policy" with Dilara Kiran, M.S.DVM Candidate at Colorado State University 

Social Media and Promoting Yourself" with Dr. Hyunjin SeoAssociate Professor, Docking Faculty Scholar, and Founding Director of the KU Center for Digital Inclusion

"Navigating the U.S. Job Market as an International Student" Workshop, 11 AM - 12 PM CST

Madeline Cronin, Esq., Immigration Attorney, Iandoli, Desai, and Cronin P.C.

Michael Ediger, Associate Director, Retention and Programming, KU International Support Services


The SEARCH Symposium was partially funded by donations made to KU Student Endowment Board’s crowd-funding campaign, LaunchKU. If you would like to support our graduate student organizations and the 2020 SEARCH Symposium, please consider making a donation. Even the smallest donations make a difference. 


Thank you for supporting graduate students' efforts to promote science education and outreach, professional development events, and travel to professional meetings.

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