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Friday, August 19, 2016 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
BBS Symposium: Connect. Collaborate. Create.

Join this year's displays and discussions to celebrate biological and biomedical sciences campus-wide, and to connect, collaborate and create.

We are excited to announce that the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program will be hosting its 15th Annual Symposium on Friday, August 19th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Stocking Hall (home of the famous ‘Dairy Bar’). 

NEW feature this year- “Breakfast Breakout Sessions” (9-10 am) You may attend two, and have breakfast!

A) Think-Learn-Do: Approaches and Resources For Your Career
Join Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director of the Cornell Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST ) Program, and Anne Poduska, Graduate & International Student Career Advisor in Cornell Career Services, to learn about the different stages of career exploration and what transferable skills you might acquire during your time here at Cornell. You will set goals for how to use several of these transferable skills in today’s symposium and learn about resources that will help you prepare for your future career.

B) Strengthen skills with your graduate student community: Graduate student clubs & organizations
Ever wonder about how to acquire the skills away from the bench needed for your dream job? Interested in science communication or consulting? Join Johary Rivera from Cornell Graduate Consulting Club (CGCC) and Victor Aguilar from SciComm@Cornell to learn about the opportunities for skills and career development available on campus.

C) Pioneer with your PhD: Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
Interested in translating your science and your scientific mindset to the marketplace? Join PhD students Tiffany St. Bernard, Ezen Choo, and recent graduate Wisler Charles who are already engaged in entrepreneurship on campus and learn how PhD training and skill sets are especially suitable in the startup environment.

D) Navigating Your First Year (student panel)
This session was specifically designed for first year graduate students to connect with each other and their more experienced peers on how to make the most of their graduate experience. Join our interdisciplinary student panel: Maggie Gustafsson (BMCB), Roman Spektor (GGD), Alicia Brunson (BBS), and Julio Sanchez (BBS) for invaluable perspective for first year students.

E) Bringing new technologies to the community: Light Sheet Microscopy (expert panel)
This special session is meant to drive discussion amongst key investigators on campus to initiate and accelerate the process of bringing light sheet microscopy platforms to Cornell. Join expert faculty, BRC core staff, and imaging technology representatives in a discussion on how these technologies facilitate and enhance research workflows. Faculty, post docs, technicians and senior graduate students, post-docs, are especially encouraged to attend, but any member of the community is welcome to register.

All breakfast sessions are meant to be small group discussions covering a variety of career/skills development topics and open to all students, postdocs, and faculty. Each session will last approximately 25 min and each registrant may attend two sessions during the hour. Spots are limited on a first come, first serve basis so please register for your top three sessions by emailing with A,B,C,D, and/or E to indicate your choices. Please register by Friday, Aug. 5th 2016. Breakfast buffet will be open to registrants of the breakfast breakout sessions only.

To showcase the diversity of fields in our research community both within and beyond BBS, our theme this year is “Connect, Collaborate, Create.” In line with this theme, we have designed a program to achieve the following goals:

  1. Promote interaction, discussion, and collaboration across fields, departments, and disciplines

  2. Orient incoming and current students not only to the breadth and depth of research but also to the human resources and communities integral for research progress and career success

  3. Empower students to take initiative and drive their individual scientific training and professional development

The 2016 annual BBS and Beyond symposium is being organized by a combination of students from BBS, BMCB, and GGD fields, and we invite all graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and faculty from across the entire Cornell research community to attend. We seek not only to introduce the breadth and depth of research within and beyond the CVM community to new and prospective students but to also highlight the value in communicating your work and collaborating within a multidisciplinary research community.

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