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Career Development Symposium

2020 Symposium

The 2020 virtual edition of the Symposium was held on September 21st through September 25th, 2020 in celebration of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The event was catered to helping individuals in the STEM fields discover and network into a wide range of PhD career paths. This event was open to all and nearly 250 postdocs, graduate students, scientists from UIC and over 60 other institutions attended the event.

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Program Agenda

Monday, September 21, 20209:30-10:30 amOpening Academic Keynote Address: Zorina Galis, PhD – Chief, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIHRSVP
Tuesday, September 22, 202011:00-11:45 amCoffee Conversation with UIC Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Joanna GrodenRSVP
4:00-5:00 pmCareers in Academia Panel

Craig Goergen, PhD - Leslie A. Geddes Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University
Briana Konnick, PhD - Associate Director, Graduate Career Development at University of Chicago
Mark Maienschein-Cline, PhD - Director of the Core for Research Informatics at University of Illinois at Chicago
Giselle Sandi, PhD - Deputy Division Director at Argonne National Laboratory
5:00-6:00 pmInformal Networking with PanelistsRSVP
Wednesday, September 23, 20204:00-5:00 pmIndustry and Business of Science Career Panel

Brian Haldeman, PhD - Field Application Scientist at Cytiva
Shyama Majumdar, PhD, MBA - Science Venture Lead at University of Chicago
David Ryba, PhD - Scientist I, Pharmacology at MyoKardia
Eric Schiffhauer PhD - Scientific Collaboration Director at Northwestern University
5:00-6:00 pmInformal Networking with PanelistsRSVP
Thursday, September 24, 20204:00-5:00 pmScience Communications Career Panel

Minsu Kang, PhD - Senior Medical Science Liaison at Biogen
Kristoffer Myczek, PhD - Senior Medical Writer at Virgo Health
Ana Vicente Sanchez, PhD - Scientific Associate at PrecisionValue
Natasha Wadlington, PhD - Medical Writer at SB Pharma Solutions
5:00-6:00 pmInformal Networking with PanelistsRSVP
5:00-6:00 pm Virtual Booth with Lynn Hazan & AssociatesRSVP
Friday, September 25, 202011:30 am-1:00 pmClosing Remarks by UIC Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Joanna Groden and Keynote Address by Jim Sullivan, PhD -Chief Executive Officer at Chamisi & Vanqua Bio
Title: Delivering Transformative Medicines; Great Science and Teamwork as the Key Ingredients

Past Symposia

This unique annual symposium, organised by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) since 2017 and now in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), gathers postdocs and grad students from across the greater Chicago area to connect, network, collaborate and learn about different PhD career paths. The goal of this event is to educate postdocs and grad students about careers in academia, industry, communications, business, and beyond. We bring in outstanding speakers and panelists to come share their experience to inspire budding postdocs and graduate students into fulfilling careers.