The Graduate College approved a BBMB graduate learning community (GLC) in Fall 2013. The focus of the BBMB GLC is to explore professional development and careers for graduate students studying in the area of biochemistry or biophysics. The BBMB GLC is supported by funding from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust award to the Department.
Purpose and Goals
The perception of most graduate students in BBMB is that they have two career options, academia or industry, and that jobs in these areas are highly competitive. The challenge for a graduate student is to figure out which career path to prepare for or to discover other career options that may be of interest where their advanced degree is useful.
The BBMB GLC is led by students and overseen by a faculty mentor and meet during the academic year to explore professional development and career planning. Results of the students' Individual Development Plan (IDP) are used to guide meeting topics and plan events that enhance the GLC members professional development and career planning.
August 27. Breakfast Meeting. Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GLC peer leader and GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. 8:30-10:30 am, MBB 1102. Bagels and coffee.
August 27. First Individual Development Plan (MyIDP) meeting for new graduate students. 2:00-3:00 pm, MBB 3034. Snacks provided
September 3. Follow-up MyIDP meeting to review individual plan results, 2:00-3:00 pm, MBB 3034. Snacks provided
September 11. Dr. Guru Rao will talk about his current role as ISU Associate Vice President for Research and share his experiences both as an academic and industrial scientist. 12:00 noon, MBB 1102.
Past Events from 2018-2019 Academic Year
BBMB Faculty Mentor
Professor Reuben Peters, 4216 MBB, Phone: 515-294-8580. In 2017, Professor Peters received the LAS Excellence in Graduate Mentoring award, which is to recognize the effectiveness of major professors who serve as mentors and who enrich the student-professor relationship by support and attention to detail which enables students to finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner.
BBMB Student Peer Leaders and Coordinators
Ryan Andrews is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Moss. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Yukti Dhingra is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Sashital. She received her undergraduate degree in biotechnology from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
Daniel Kramer is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Chen. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Lauren Kueffer is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Andreotti. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Jacques Lowe is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Andreotti. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from California State University-Long Beach.
Collin O'Leary is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Moss. After studying physics at Iowa State University, he went on to earn his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Northern Iowa. Collin is also the GPSS senator for BBMB.
Hannah Piper is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Chen. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Anjali Shenoy is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Barb. She earned her undergraduate degree in engineering and biotechnology from the R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.
Shivani Sharma is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Underbakke. She earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from Northwest Missouri State University.