SEARCH Symposium

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Burge Union, Lawrence, KS

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration opens
8:30 am - 9:00 am Light breakfast & coffee
9:00 am - 9:05 am Welcoming remarks
9:05 am - 9:45 am Keynote - Dr. Sarah Vickery, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Panel 1 - Industry & Research Organizations

Dr. Scott McVey, Director of Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, USDA

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

Dr. Hasan Dindi, Technical Fellow, DuPont

Dr. Gada Al-ani, Senior Scientist II, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Panel 2 - Science Education, Outreach, & Administration

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

Dr. Elizabeth Wenske-Mullinax, QA Manager of Operations, Ceva Biomune Animal Health

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

Nick Kramer, District Fisheries Biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism


11:45 am - 12:00 pm Transition
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Panel 3 - Merging Science with Other Fields 

Dr. Lenny Teytelman, CEO and co-founder, 

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

Dr. Kayla Capper, Product Scientist, 23andMe

Dr. Lakshmi Sundararajan, Genomic Scientist, Nashville Biosciences

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Roundtable Discussions

International Student Workshop

Leadership & Outreach Opportunity Fair

Career Fair

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Social 


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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