The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Past Semester - Fall 2015

students in discussion at poster session
Past Events for students to introduce a variety of science-based careers
  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    Because teaching assistants are situated in between faculty and students, the role requires skills in navigating potentially challenging situations. In this interactive workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, we'll consider several typical situations and discuss ways to resolve them.

     

    For more information and to register, please visit here.

     

    This seminar is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

  • 201 Chambers
    (Penn State)







    This session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We'll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day's activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • Assembly Room, Nittany Lion Inn
    (Penn State)







    The Graduate School is hosting a series of professional development workshops on grant writing for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the Fall semester. An introductory workshop that assumes no prior experience with grant writing will kick off the series. The workshop will emphasize the basic aspects of grant writing, including types and sources of funding, grant terminology, and characteristics of proposals that have been funded.

     

    Registration for this workshop is required. This introductory workshop is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, regardless of program, and can accommodate up to 250 attendees. Registration closes one week prior to the workshop date.

     

    For more information on these workshops, visit here. To register, visit here.

  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    This session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on some basic decisions that every instructor needs to make when planning a class session. We'll offer practical suggestions for answering the following questions: What do I want my students to learn? What is an appropriate pace for the day's activities? What methods will help my students learn? How will I know whether my students have actually learned?

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • 201 Chambers
    (Penn State)







    When planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it's also crucially important to think about what we'll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, we'll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    When planning a class session, we often focus on what we, as the instructors, are going to do. But it's also crucially important to think about what we'll ask the students to do to explore or apply the course content. In this session, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, we'll discuss active-learning strategies that help students learn.

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • Osmond Main Lobby
    (Merck & Company, Incorporated)







    Learn first hand from Christopher Kistler, Associate Principal Scientist at Merck Research Labs (Merck & Co. Inc) about what a career in bioprocess research and development in a pharmaceutical company is like. He will also provide details on what the work environment is like, and what types of equipment he uses, and will elaborate on the coursework and experiences that may be beneficial for exploring and getting into this career.  

     

    For more information, please visit here.

     

     

    Hosted by The Eberly College of Science Career and International Education.

     

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • 103 Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    On-campus prep workshops are designed to give students the opportunity to network with recruiters to gain the advantage prior to the career fair.

     

    For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • 112 Ritenour Building
    (Penn State)







    Receive tips on showcasing your credentials and get feedback on your resume. For more information, visit here.

     

    Hosted by the Eberly College of Science Career and International Education.

  • 2nd floor, Bank of America Career Services Center
    (Penn State)







    No appointment necessary - get your resume reviewed by HR professionals in preparation for the career fair. For more information, click here.

     

    This event is hosted by Penn State Career Services.

  • Bryce Jordan Center
    (Penn State)







    For more information on employers attending, schedule of events, what to expect, tips for success, and more, please visit here.

  • 201 Chambers
    (Penn State)







    Moments of conflict, questions you don't know the answer to, students who have not done the reading - the issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Research Associate Chas Brua and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

     

    For more details and to register, visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • Bryce Jordan Center
    (Penn State)







    For more infomation on employers attending, schedule of events, what to expect, tips for success, and more, please visit here.

  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    Moments of conflict, questions you don't know the answer to, students who have not done the reading - the issue is not whether these situations will occur in your class, but rather how to cope effectively when they do. Join Research Associate Chas Brua and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre for Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations.

     

    For more details and to register, visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • Willaman Gateway connecting Life Sciences and Chemistry Buildings
    (Penn State)







    Come meet company representatives in a casual setting to learn about careers. For more details, a list of employers attending, and to register, please follow this link.

     

    All Life Sciences related graduate students are invited to attend!

  • 112 Kern Graduate Building
    (Penn State)







    The Graduate School and the University Fellowships Office are sponsoring an informational session for students who are interested in applying to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Graduate Research Fellowships. A panel of faculty members will be on hand to offer advice on crafting stronger applications. The scheduled panelists are: David Spencer (College of Engineering), Stephen Schaeffer (Eberly College of Science), and Judith Kroll (College of Liberal Arts). A flyer with further information can be found here.

     

    The session is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Advanced registration is required! Please visit this site to reserve your seat. The sign-up deadline is September 15.

     

    The official NSF program solicitation for 2016 applications has been released and is available here.

  • Bryce Jordan Center
    (Penn State)







    For more information on employers attending, schedule of events, what to expect, tips for success, and more, please visit here.

  • 201 Chambers
    (Penn State)







    Finding mentors--and shaping collaborative relationships with them--is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Finding Good Mentors.

     

    For more details and to register, visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    Finding mentors--and shaping collaborative relationships with them--is one of the most important tasks faced by graduate students and postdocs. Join Senior Research Associate Kathy Jackson, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, for Finding Good Mentors.

     

    For more details and to register, visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • 110C Chandlee Laboratory
    (Penn State)







    Join us for an informal discussion where we explore the caveats of a scientist's profession.  Dr. Shearer is an Associate Professor of Nutritional Science at Penn State and specializes in dietary lipids and their role in health and disease, especially the global shifts in lipids brough about by western diet.  Dr. Shearer received his PhD from the University of California, Davis and worked as an Assistant Professor at Sanford School of Medicine prior to joining Penn State.  Dr. Shearer is highly accomplished in the field of lipid metabolism and holds a patent for a novel method of lipid analysis to predict heart disease. 

     

    Please RSVP for this event here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) as part of the Inside the Scientist's Studio seminar series.  

  • W306 Millennium Science Complex (MSC)
    (Geisinger Health System)







    Wondering about what you want to pursue after graduate school?  While it is common for people to reach for post doctoral positions, maybe you’ve also considered careers outside of academia. There are many career paths you could follow, including industry and research scientist positions.  Our HGSAC invited speaker will be discussing her career path that led her to become an investigator at Geisinger Health System, and will describe her work as a genetic bioinformatician. Open dialogue is encouraged.

     

    Dr. Sarah Pendergrass is an Investigator I in the Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program at Geisinger Health System.  Her work focuses on high-throughput data analysis and data-mining projects for uncovering the genetic architecture of complex human diseases and traits. This includes coupling genotypic data with de-identified electronic health record data, population survey based data, clinical study data, and pharmacological study data. She is interested in incorporating environmental exposure data in analyses of disease susceptibility, and analyses across ancestry. She has extensive experience developing novel methodologies and performing high-throughput analyses for discovery, such as those for Phenome-Wide Association Studies (PheWAS), which work to identify cross-phenotype associations and pleiotropy.  

     

    During her PhD at Dartmouth College, she worked on gene-expression analyses and bioinformatics, with projects leveraging the complexity of gene-expression data for biomarker and biological discovery for the disease Systemic Sclerosis. She is a former staff scientist of Dr. Marylyn Ricthie where she did GWAS studies and computational biology. Her masters work in Biomedical Engineering, and undergraduate degree in Physics, have provided her with additional technical and analytical expertise for complex data-driven projects.

     

    Sarah also has extensive experience with developing software tools aimed at analyzing and visualizing complex data including PhenoGram, PhenoGram-Genie, Synthesis-View, and PheWAS-View.

     

    This event is hosted by the Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC) and the BMB department as part of the Career & Professional Development Seminar Series.

  • 112 Borland Building
    (Penn State)







    This workshop will discuss some of the more common obstacles faced by non-native and multilingual speakers as they adapt to the conventions of academic written English. It will be divided into two sections: a discussion of the rhetorical strategies and tools to address common problems in terms of grammar, organization, and style, and breakout sessions that emphasize writing in the social sciences (APA citation style) and writing for the STEM fields. Participants are encouraged to bring two copies of an example of writing in their field and two copies of an original document they have written for their field.

     

    To register for this event, please visit here. 

     

    Hosted by The Graduate School as part of the Graduate Workshops on Writing.

  • 102 Kern Graduate Building
    (Penn State)







    The Graduate School is hosting a series of professional development workshops on grant writing for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the Fall semester. In addition to the introductory workshop on September 1, there is a series of discipline-specific workshops, including a workshop for those in the life sciences.

     

    Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers may attend only ONE of the discipline-specific workshops as attendance is limited to 50 participants per workshop. Thus, registration for this workshop is required. Registration closes one week prior to the workshop date.

     

    For more information on other discipline-specific workshops that are being offered, visit here. To register for these workshops, visit here.

  • 538 Davey Lab
    (Penn State)







    Are you debating what you want to do after graduate school?  Have you considered a career in scientific writing?  Learn about the pros and cons of science writing from Dr. A'ndrea Messer, a Senior Science Writer at Penn State.  

     

    To learn more about this event, please visit here

     

    This event is hosted by The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. 

  • W201 Millennium Science Complex (MSC)
    (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)







    DrHaaland will be skyping in with the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMIID) group to talk about his career path into governmental research and the CDC. He received his PhD from Baylor University in Molecular Virology and Microbiology and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. He is currently a microbiology researcher with the CDC and studies HIV shedding and transmission.  This event will be catered with snacks and refreshments.

     

    This event is hosted by the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMIID). 

  • Osmond Laboratory Main Lobby
    (Penn State)







    Drop by for 5-10 minutes, as you please, for this casual conversation session geared towards improving your interviewing skills.  

     

    This event is hosted by the Eberly College of Science as part of the Math and Science Career Corner.

  • 244 Ag Engineering
    (Penn State)







    Interested in learning how to improve your powerpoint presentation skills? A small, but growing, revolution is occurring in the way that scientists design their presentation slides. This revolution advocates alternatives (based on multimedia learning principles) that challenge PowerPoint's default structure of a topic-phrase headline supported by a bullet list of subtopics. One such alternative is the assertion-evidence structure, in which a sentence headline states the main message of the slide. That message assertion is then supported not by a bullet list, but by visual evidence.  Dr. Michael Alley, an Associate Professor in Engineering Communication at Penn State describes this alternative method.  

     

    For more information, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment as part of Science Communication Month.  

  • 101 Althouse Lab
    (U.S. Army's Edgewood Chemical and Biological Laboratory)







    Wondering about what career you want to pursue after grad school? Learn from Dr. Emanuel, a Penn State BMB Ph.D. alum, and Director of Research at the U.S. Army's premier biodefense facility about what his job entails .  At Edgewood Chemical and Biological Laboratory, 1500 personnel work towards protecting troops and civilians by developing technologies aimed at detecting, neutralizing and decontaminating chemical and biological agents. The diverse and ever changing nature of the research Dr. Emanuel oversees means this seminar may be of interest to students from any lab and research area interested in finding out more about careers in government laboratories and biodefense. 

     

    This event is hosted by the Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC) and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Department.

  • 202 Hammond Building
    (Penn State)







    This two-hour workshop coaches students on how to achieve a style of presentation delivery that is expected in engineering and science. In the workshop, attendees will prepare and deliver three short talks and receive feedback on each.

     

    Pre-registration is required and can be done by going here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Office for Research Protections as part of the Survival Skils and Ethics Series for graduate students and postdocs.

  • Various locations including Pattee/Paterno Library
    (Penn State)







    Dissertation and Thesis Boot Camp,  is designed to support graduate students working on their dissertations and theses to meet their writing goals by providing a quiet and supportive writing environment. The week long event includes workshops as well as dedicated writing time in the library to help participants better understand and practice healthy writing habits. Included in the $20 fee to participate is a light breakfast, lunch everyday and a support group of people who are also trying to achieve their writing goals.

     

    In order to participate in Dissertation Boot Camp, taking place from October 5th to October 9th, 2015, a completed application form must be submitted by Friday, October 2nd at Midnight. If you meet the qualifications for participation, you will be contacted by Sunday, October 4th. Please note that space is limited, and priority is given to those who are furthest along in their PhD or Masters program.  To apply, please visit here

     

    To learn more, please visit here or contact Casey Millburg at ctm175@psu.edu

     

    This event is organized by the Graduate and Professional Student Association's Professional Development Committee.

  • 201 Chambers
    (Penn State)







    This workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • w201 Millennium Science Complex (MSC)
    (Lilly Research Laboratories)







    Dr. Andrew Dahlem will present on the changing atmosphere of pharmaceutical research, fostering collaboration  between industry and academia.  Dr. Dahlem was named vice president and chief operating officer for Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) and LRL Europe in February 2007. He previously served as vice president of toxicology, drug disposition, pharmacokinetics, and Lilly Research Laboratories in Europe since January 2003 and is a member of Lilly senior management. Dahlem serves as adjunct professor of toxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at The Ohio State University.

     

    To learn more, visit here.

     

    This seminar is hosted by the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences as part of the Bortree Lecture Series.

  • 315 Rider Building
    (Penn State)







    This workshop, presented by Research Associate Chas Brua, and Graduate Consultants Lauren Brooks and David Favre, will focus on ways for participants to make sure their tests are functioning accurately and fairly in determining what students have learned.

     

    For more details and to register, please visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as part of the Graduate Student Training Series.

  • W201 Millenium Science Complex (MSC)
    (Penn State)







    Dr. Skulas-Ray is a Penn State research associate who recently accepted a tenure track-position at another university. She will be talking to us about her experience applying for tenure-track positions. Whether or not you are interested in staying in academia, this session will be beneficial to many since she will have valuable advice regarding job searching and the interview process in general. To see a list of some of her publications, visit here. This event will be catered with snacks and refreshments.

     

    This event is hosted by the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMIID). 

  • 244 Ag Engineering
    (Penn State)







    Skilled scientists and engineers must be equipped with not only technical expertise, but also with communication skills that can get others interested in their areas of research. This could mean the difference between—success or failure--in launching a new business, gaining a grant, or garnering support from the community at large regarding why your work matters. Learn strategies from a business communications expert to condense your key message into a "pitch" that can be given in the duration of a typical elevator ride.

     

    To learn more or register for this event, visit here.

     

    This event is hosted by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment as part of Science Communication Month.