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MICaB Career Development Program 8 Ball

Coordinator: Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Tim Starr, Ph.D.

Tijana Martinov
Ashley Mooneyham
Sarah Namugenyi
Josh Thiede
Dylan White

Mission Statement

The mission of the MICaB Committee for Graduate Career Development is to promote education, opportunity, inclusion, and excellence surrounding the exploration of available career paths. Key elements of our mission include promoting open and candid discussions of career path options, providing a realistic rationale for choosing a given path that considers both the professional and personal needs of each student, and providing mentorship, resources, and guidance that will equip our students with the best tools to succeed within a given career path choice. Recognizing that career development is influenced by professional interests and opportunity as well as life-style and life-stage considerations, our goal is to assist our students in making the “next-steps” upon completion of our program as new PhDs.

Calendar of Events

Thursday March 29, 2018
2-102 CMRR
Lunch Provided

Zach Demorest, PH.D., Director of Operations Calyxt

Heidi Hau, Ph.D., Manager Ecolab

Aunica Kane, Ph.D.,
Dev. Associate III Takeda

"Careers in Industry
Strategies for Success"
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Anand Balasubramani, Ph.D.
Editor, Science Immunoilogy
Are you curious about what a scientific editor position looks like? Meet the Editor of Science Immunology
Friday, November 3, 2017,
12:00-1:00, 1-125 CCRB
Rebecca Diaz, Career Development Coordinator, College of Biological Sciences "Resume writing: Communicating your skills to apply for a non-academic job"
Friday, September 29, 2017,
12:00-1:00, 2-102 CMRR
Kristina Burrack, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Jameson Lab

Geoff Hart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Chelsea Lassiter, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Schwertfeger lab
"Finding your ideal postdoc: Strategies for success"
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
12:00-1:00, 2-102 CMRR
Barbara Nelson, Ph.D., M.B.A.,
CEO Nelson Biomedical, Co-founder Emerge Bioscience

Lauren Celano, M.B.A.
Founder and CEO Propel Careers
"Networking 101"
Thursday, April 13, 2017
2-102 CMRR
Phyllis Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.A. "Careers in Legislation and Policy"
Thursday, February 2, 2017
2-102 CMRR
Lee A. Jones, B.S., CEO and Co-founder, Rebiotix Inc

Ross Fulton, Ph.D., Senior scientist, Biothera

Britnie James, Ph.D., VP Imm/Onc Preclinical Lab, MD Biosciences
(MICaB alum)
"Careers in Pharmaceutical Industries"


Events Spring 2008/Fall 2008 and MICaB Student Survey May 2008 (PDF)

Events February 2011/July 2011

Events Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Events Fall 2012

Events January 2013-December 2013

Events February 2014 - June 2015

Events November 2015-December 2016

Links to Useful Information:

General Information for Graduate Students

General Career Information

General Information for Mentors





"A career is not a point in the space you have to get to, it is a journey, and you are allowed to change directions".

Dwight Nelson, Ph.D.