Career Day for Biomedical Sciences – October 6, 2016

2016 Graduate School Career Day_FINAL

This event is designed to inform graduate and undergraduate students about the variety of science career options available.  Speakers will discuss the job description, advantages, disadvantages, salaries, and opportunities for advancement within each career track.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with time for Q&A and discussion with speakers and participants.  Undergraduate students and faculty will also be provided information on various UAMS Graduate School programs (M.S. and Ph.D. programs), as well as the opportunity to meet with representatives and graduate students from programs.  Additionally, a short presentation will be given about summer undergraduate research opportunities at UAMS and the Graduate School.

Please contact Regina Dennis (; 501-686-5454) or Dr. Kristen Sterba (; 501-526-7396) with any questions.

Registration has closed. Please contact Dr. Kristen Sterba if you wish to register late.

October 6, 2016 – Career Day 

Location:  Stephens Spine and Neuroscience Institute – 12th floor Fred W. Smith Auditorium (map)

7:45 AM        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM        Welcome to the Event
Bobby McGehee, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School, UAMS

8:40 AM        Introduction to the UAMS Graduate School
Kristen Sterba, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate School, UAMS

 9:00 AM        The Information Revolution in Biomedicine
Meredith Zozus, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Programs, Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, UAMS

9:30 AM      Best Practices for Earning a Position at a Liberal Arts College
Laura Macdonald, Ph.D.. Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

10:00 AM    Coffee/refreshment break

 10:30 AM    Communicating Science and Medicine
Dorothy Graves, Ph.D.., Assistant Research Professor, Director of Research and Publications, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, UAMS

11:00 AM    My Story: Dream to Reality
Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

11:30 AM    Administrative Careers in Academia
Nathan Vanderford Ph.D., M.B.A. Assistant Professor, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, Assistant Director for Research, Markey Cancer Center, Assistant Dean for Academic Development, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

12:00  PM   Industry Opportunities: From Startups to Fortune 10
Kevin Coker, M.S., J.D./M.P.H.. CEO, MolecularMatch

 12:30 PM    Luncheon and panel discussion

1:30 PM      Tour of UAMS
Undergraduate students

1:30 PM      Career Development workshop for graduate students and postdocs-Essential skills for the workplace
Kristen Sterba, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate School, UAMS