BBMB Graduate Learning Community (GLC)

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GLC 2019-20
GLC Peer Leaders and Coordinators for the 2019-20 academic year (l to r):Anjali Shenoy, Lauren Kueffer, Jacques Lowe, Daniel Kramer, Hannah Piper, Ryan Andrews, Shivani Sharma, Dr. Reuben Peters (faculty mentor), Yukti Dhingra and Collin O'Leary

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.


Visit the BBMB Graduate Learning Community Blog for more information about GLC community events.

2019-20 Meetings

Fall 2019

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.

October 1. 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. 8:30-10:00 am, MBB 1102. Bagels and coffee.

November 13. Terese Rakow, Ph.D., Sr. Licensing Manager, Baylor University.  Dr. Rakow will talk about her career in technology transfer.  11:00 am, MBB 1102.  Lunch follows in the same room.

November 19. 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. 8:30-10:00 am, MBB 1102. Bagels and coffee.

December 11.  Ugly Sweater Holiday Party. Lunch provided. 11:30 am-1:00 pm, MBB 1102

Karthik Murugan
Karthik Murugan,
 2018 Ugly Sweater contest winner

Spring 2020

January 22. Brian Vanderheyden, Student Wellness Manager. 12:00-1:00pm, MBB 1102.  Lunch provided.

Past Events from 2018-2019 Academic Year


Leadership

BBMB Faculty Mentor

Reuben Peters, Roy J. Carver Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 4216 MBB, Phone: 515-294-8580. Professor Peters is the recipient of 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.