Career Day for Biomedical Sciences – October 12, 2017

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 is closed. If you wish to register late, please contact Dr. Kristen Sterba at

October 12, 2017 – Career Day 

7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

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

8:40 AM Introduction to the UAMS Graduate School
Kristen Sterba, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate School, UAMS

9:00 AM Unorthodox career paths that drive innovation and entrepreneurial success
Jeff Moran, PhD, CEO, PinPoint Testing LLC, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UAMS

9:30 AM Science and the Legal Profession
Joseph Underwood, JD, PhD, Associate Director of Licensing, Bioventures, UAMS

10:00 AM Coffee/refreshment break

10:30 AM Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Who gets to say how much is too much? And … why would they say such a thing?
John C. Lipcomb, PhD, DABT, Fellow ATS, Toxicologist, Cincinatti, OH

11:00 AM The Solopreneur PhD: Charting My Own Path through Self-Employment
Emily Roberts, PhD, Owner, Personal Finance for PhDs, Seattle, WA

11:30 AM Transitioning from Academic Research to Public Health: Working at the CDC
Jennifer Konopka-Anstadt, PhD, Team Lead, Vaccine Development Laboratory, Polio and Picornavirus Laboratory Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

12:00 PM The decisions that led me to academic science….and herpes
Craig Forrest, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UAMS

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-The Graduate Student’s Guide to Personal Finance
Emily Roberts, PhD, Owner, Personal Finance for PhDs, Seattle, WA