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GSBS Genetics & Epigenetics Spring Career Symposium

When & Where

May 20
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cooley Center (View in Google Map)


Event Description

9:00 am to 6:00 pm at The Cooley Center on the South Campus. Registration is closed but G&E community members may attend on a space available basis. Contact with registration questions. Contact the symposium co-chairs with program questions: Celine Kong (, Mabel Perez-Oquendo (, Jace Aloway (

Symposium Program


8:30 - 9:00am:  Registration

9:00 - 10:10am: Welcome and Keynote Address by Kun Zhang, PhD, Professor, UC San Diego and Co-Founder of Singlera Genomics

10:20 - 11:20am:  Breakout Session 1 (Select One Panel)
     #1 -Fellowships and Training Grants: What is Out There and How Do I Get One?
     #2 -Job Skills: Preparing for Interviews & Negotiation Skills
     #3 -Using a Postdoc as a Launchpad for Your Career
     #4 -Coffee with Dr. Zhang

11:30 - 12:30pm:  Workshop #1: Making Effective Figures for Publications, Jeannie Woodruff, Texas Heart Institute

12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch (for pre-registered attendees and speakers only)

1:30 - 2:30pm: Breakout Session 2 (Select One Panel)
     #1 -Career Exploration [panel + small group discussions with the four panelists]
     #2 -Maximizing Your Social Media Network
     #3 -Academic Lectures: How to Teach a Subject Rather than Just Present Your Data

2:45 - 3:45pm:  Workshop #2: Elevating Your Oral Presentation Skills (Select One)
     #1 - Chalk Talks with Swathi Arur, PhD
     #2 - Platform Talks with Michael Galko, PhD
     #3 - Flash Talks with Tamara Laskowski, PhD

4:00 - 5:00pm: Keynote Lecture by Arne C. Lekven, PhD, University of Houston

5:00 - 6:00pm: Closing Remarks and Reception