BBMB Graduate Learning Community (GLC)

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GLC Group Leaders 2018
Dr. Reuben Peters (second from left) with GLC leaders Reid Brown, Ryan Andrews and Shravanti Suresh

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.


Events and Activities 2018-2019

October 25, 2018Taking the Road Less Traveled Biodiesel Activity. Educational outreach with middle school girls led by Kenna Stenback, PhD candidate in Biochemistry in Professor Basil Nikolau's group, GLC peer leaders Hannah Piper and Daniel Kramer, Emily Knuth, senior in biochemistry, and BBMB teaching lab coordinators, Desi Gunning and Marcy Main.

February 2019. Chillaxing

Graduate Student Paint and Sip
Graduate students Daniel Kramer, Nicholas Nieto and Collin O'Leary enjoy an evening out organized by the GLC at a Paint and Sip event at the Torrent Brewing Company in Ames.

March 11, 2019. The GLC, led by Hannah Piper, partnered with the Undergraduate Biochemistry Club for an all-day educational outreach event with high-school students through problem solving lab experiments.


2018-19 Meetings

Fall 2018

August 28. First Individual Development Plan (IDP) meeting for new graduate students. 2:10 pm, 1102 MBB

September 4. IDP follow-up meeting to review individual plan results. 2:15 pm, 1102 MBB

September 19. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. 8:30 am, 1102 MBB. Bagels and coffee.

October 4. Meeting with Levi Baber, LAS research IT director, and Tracy Di Marco White, BBMB IT support specialist, on server usage. 12:00 noon, 1102 MBB. Lunch served.

October 24. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. 8:30 am, 1102 MBB

October 26. Meeting about industry internship experiences with Liza Alexander and Naazneen Sofeo, Ph.D. students in Prof. Nikolau's lab. 12:00 noon. Lunch provided.

November 14 or November 28. Peer-led inclusion workshop facilitated by the BBMB GLC. Students should plan to attend one of two sessions scheduled as this workshop has been made mandatory by BBMB. 9-11am, 1308 Beyer Hall. 

November 20. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. 8:30 am, 2034 MBB.

December 17. Monthly meeting that included an ugly holiday sweater contest.  The winner, who was chosen by the students at the meeting, was Karthik Murugan (pictured below), an MCDB Ph.D. student in Professor Sashital's lab. As the winner he will receive a $20.00 Amazon gift card.

Karthik Murugan

Spring 2019

January 22. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. Come and go as your schedule allows. 8:30-10:30am, 1102 MBB.

February 19. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. Come and go as your schedule allows. 8:30-10:30 am, 1102 MBB.

March 13. Graduating Student Recognition Reception. 2:00 pm, 2034 MBB.

March 19. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Collin O'Leary, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. Come and go as your schedule allows. 8:30-10:00am, 1102 MBB.

March 29. Career and professional development information meeting. Time and Location TBD. Lunch provided.

April 12. Seminar. Christine M. Blaumueller Ph.D., Scientific Editor and Writing Consultant, University of Iowa. Time and Location TBD.


Leadership

BBMB Faculty Mentor

Professor Reuben Peters, 4216 MBB, Phone: 515-294-8580. Prof. Peters received the LAS Excellence in Graduate Mentoring award in fall 2017. This award 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 Leaders

Ryan Andrews. Ryan is a third-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Walter Moss. He received his B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Reid Brown. Reid is a third-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Reuben Peters. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at Iowa State University.

Daniel Kramer. Daniel is a third-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Stone Chen.  He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

Lauren Kueffer. Lauren is a second-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Amy Andreotti.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Collin O'Leary. Collin is a second-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Walter Moss.  He spent a year at ISU studying physics as an undergraduate and went on to UNI where he received his B.A. in Biochemistry.  Collin is also the GPSS senator for BBMB.

Hannah Piper.  Hannah is a second-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Stone Chen.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Anjali Shenoy. Anjali is a second-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Adam Barb.  She received her undergraduate degree in Engineering and Biotechnology from the R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.

Shravanti Suresh. Shravanti is a third-year biochemistry Ph.D. student studying in the lab of Prof. Dipa Sashital. She received her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Anna University in Chennai, India.