BBMB Graduate Learning Community (GLC)

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Learning community

COVID-19 Updates

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.


Meetings and Events

Fall 2020

August 19. Introduction to Individual Development Plan (IDP) for incoming graduate students. 11:00 am online.

August 26. Follow up IDP meeting. 11:00 am online.

October 9. Breakfast Meeting.  Monthly meeting led by Phil Dershwitz, GPSS senator for BBMB, to socialize and catch up with fellow students. 9:00 am outside MBB. Bagels and coffee

October 19: GLC activity for ISU Go Further fall conference sponsored by the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Facilitated by Yukti Dhingra, Education Outreach Coordinator, with assistance from Dan Kramer and Shravanti Suresh. Go Further Fall 2020 Flyer

October 29. Dr. Justin Greenlee, Research Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA. Jacques Lowe, host. 12:00-1:00 pm (online via Webex)

November 4. Dr. Puneet Juneja, Biotechnology Office. Dr. Juneja oversees the new Cryo-EM Facility located in the Molecular Biology Building. Warren Rouse, host. 12:00-1:00 pm (virtual)

Puneet Juneja

November 18. Jack A. Hartwigsen, PhD, MBA, Technology Marketing Manager, ISU Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT). Phil Dershwitz, host. Time TBD.

Jack Hartwigsen

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

Past Meetings and Events


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

Phil Dershwitz is the GPSS senator for BBMB and peer coordinator for the monthly breakfast.  He is a biophysics PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Dispirito.

Yukti Dhingra, along with Hannah, is the peer coordinator for education outreach.  She is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Sashital.

Daniel Kramer is the peer coordinator for social events. He is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Chen.

Lauren Kueffer, along with Jake, is the peer coordinator for recruiting, orientation and IDP Meetings.  She is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Andreotti.

Jacques Lowe is the peer coordinator for workshops and seminars with outside speakers based on IDP results. She is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Andreotti.

Collin O'Leary was the GPSS senator for BBMB through summer 2020. He is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Moss.

Jake Peterson, along with Lauren, is the peer coordinator for recruiting, orientation and IDP Meetings. He is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Moss.

Hannah Piper, along with Yukti, is the peer coordinator for education outreach. She is a biochemistry PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Chen.

Warren Rouse is the peer coordinator for meetings and seminars with internal speakers as needed (i.e., IT updates, diversity training, etc.). He is a biochemistry PhD student in the lab of Professor Moss.