Current version of the schedule: PDF

Current version of the program: PDF

 Saturday, April  2nd – Kansas Union - Jayhawk Bvd  

8:30 AM Registration and Refreshments 

Alderson Hall, Level 4

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction of 1st Keynote Speaker   
  Alex Erwin, EEB GSO Vice President  
9:05 AM 1st Keynote Speaker - Dr. Meredith Drosback   
  Assistant Director for Education and Physical Sciences   
  White House Office for Science and Technology Policy   


9:50 AM Introduction of 2nd Keynote Speaker  
  Boryana Koseva, EEB GSO Member   
9:55 AM 2nd Keynote Speaker - Dr. Genevieve Smith  
  Program Director at Insight Data Science   
10:40 AM Break (Panel 1 setup)  
10:50 AM  Panel 1 - Industry & Research Organizations   
  Dr. Young Wha Lee, Geneticist, Monsanto   
  Dr. Carol Saundres, Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Children's Mercy Hospital   
  Dr. Angela Ferguson, Co-Director of Clinical Chemistry & Point of Care Testing, Children's Mercy Hospital   
  Dr. Bria Kettle, Microbiologist, Bayer Crop Sciences   
  Dr. Stephen Voght, Science Writer and Editor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center   
11:35 AM Lunch  Jayhawk Hall, Level 5 
1:00 AM Panel 2 - Science Education, Outreach, & Administration  Alderson Hall, Level 4 
  Dr. Dyan Morgan, Assistant Director at the Center for Undergraduates Research, KU  
  Julie Bergene, Public Education Coordinator at Dole Institute of Politics   
  Lynn Villafuerte, Program Coordinator IMSD/PREP, Director of the PLUS Program & KS DNA Day, KU  
  Bekkah Lampe, Museum Educator, Natural History Museum, KU   
  Dr. Rebecca Peterson, Director of Research Collaborations, KU  
1:40 PM Break (Panel 4 setup)  
1:50 PM Panel 3 - Miscellaneous   
  Dr. Karthik Ramachandran, Vice President and Co-Founder, Likarda   
  Dr. Karen Deak, Patent Agent and Director of the Master of Science in Patent Law Program, University of Notre Dame   
  Matt Chtistopher, Business Development Manager at Truebold Paleontology   
  Tom de Man, Microbial Bioinformatician, Centers of Disease Control   
  Dr. Barbara Keller, Elk Research Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation   
  Laura Peek, Principal Scientist and Assistant Laboratory Director for Oncimmune   
  Robert Gronke, Senior Principal Scientist in the Technical Department at Biogen, Inc  
2:35 PM Break (setup for Lightning Talks)  
2:40 PM Introduction of Lightning Talks   
  Haifa Alhadyian, KU Graduate Student, GSA Education Committee   
2:45 PM Haifa Alhadyian, The Benefits to Becoming a GSA Member   
  Dr. Rita-Marie McFadden, Resources to Gain Leadership Skills   
  Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, COMPASS:Utilizing Opportunities Through Scientific Societies   
  Kara Hinshaw, Internships: Not Just for Undergrads   
  Dr. Christopher Hamm, Teaching the Class I Wish I Had When I Began Grad School   
3:20 PM Dr. Mark Jakubauskas, Professional Skills for Professional Scientists: Thr KU Science Managers Program   
3:30 PM Career Fair  Main Lobby, Level 4 
4:30 PM Social Networking Event   
  Due to KU policy, undergraduate students will not be able to attend this event.   



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