Spring 2021 Career Development Series: Session 1 OTM

Did you miss our first event in the Spring 2021 Career Development Series, or want to revist it? The video it now up on our Spring 2021 Career Development page! Check it out here: https://publish.illinois.edu/mcbgrad-gsa/virtual-career-development/

Spring 2021 Virtual Career Development Series


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MCB GSA Board 2020-2021

Welcome to all the new and returning board members! Want to learn more about your new MCB GSA board? Follow us on social media for introductions all this week (9/21-9/25)

President: Daphne Eagleman
Vice President & Social Events Coordinator: Savanna Sharum-Skeeters
Outreach Coordinator: Rachel Martini
Communications Chair: Sabrina Abdulla
First Year Liason: Adrika Raybarman
Department Representative: Henry Chen

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Black Lives Matter

Dear MCB Graduate Students,
We hope everyone is staying well with the return to lab, and through all the turbulence in the world right now.

As the MCB GSA, we would like to reinforce the statement that Black lives matter – not just now, but always. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others that deserve their stories be told.

We see and hear the struggles of the Black community and stand in solidarity. To our Black MCBees, we support you and are here for you. We condemn any form of racism, oppression, and hatred. Inclusivity and diversity have been a core value of the MCB GSA since our mission statement was written, but we need to do more than just that to ensure equity and justice.

For our non-Black MCBees, we encourage learning more to understand the struggles of your peers, and also to use your voice and privilege to help out. We have compiled a list of resources (here) that can be used as a starting point for self-education, and for ways to get involved in the movement.

During this time, many of the stories being shared highlight the struggles of the Black community. But we believe that it is also important to amplify, share, and learn about the important contributions black voices bring to science and our communities, so we have included some ways to learn about those as well.

To our Black community: we imagine that everything happening right now is challenging to juggle – we are here to support you, and to mention that taking time to care for yourselves is important. We hope that the mental health resources included can be helpful.

Finally, we welcome any suggestions about what else we as an organization can do to fight racism and promote inclusivity here on campus.

Stay safe and stand together,

Max Baymiller, Sabrina Abdulla, Imran Rahman, Savanna Sharum Skeeters, Anushna Sen, Daphne Eagleman, Rachel Martini

Find our full statement & resources here.



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DIY Saturdays with MCB GSA at Orpheum

If you enjoy communicating science and working with children, all MCBees are welcome to volunteer for the upcoming March #DIY Saturday, using the link below. We need 2-3 volunteers to help children (ages 4-10) conduct science experiments. The event will be on Saturday, March 14th from 2-4pm.

Sign up to volunteer here!

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MCB Semester Recap

Have you had a chance to take a look at the MCB GSA Fall 2019 Semester Update? Take a look at what we accomplished last semester, and get excited about our upcoming events this semester!

F19 MCB GSA Semester Recap

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MCB GSA Annual Newsletter 2018-19

Click here to view the Newsletter 2018-19 PDF version

In this issue:

  • A Letter from the President
  • MCBee Outreach: The busy hive keeps buzzing
  • The year that was
  • I am alumni with Dr. Mara Livezey
  • Career Development Week 2019 Recap
  • Becoming a liaison between research labs and industries with Dr. Jen Rice
  • Student Spotlight
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Career Week 2019 Resources

April 1-April 5

Day 1: Taking an Active Role in Career Development

·      Illinois Business Consulting  (http://www.ibc.illinois.edu)

·      Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (https://citl.illinois.edu)

·      Preparing for a career in teaching presentation https://bit.ly/2QKt7qX

·      Complete and Individual Development Plan (http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/)


Day 2: Taking the next steps in academia

·      “Postdocs: Why and How?” presentation (http://go.grad.illinois.edu/MCBslides) 

·      Register for the Faculty Job Search Retreat on July 31st (http://go.grad.illinois.edu/fjsr)

·      Search the Fellowship Finder to identify funding opportunities (https://app.grad.illinois.edu/fellowship-finder/)

·      Read this blog post describing how to best use the Fellowship Finder tool (https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/6397/403921)

·      Check out this collection of the best online resources for proposal writing curated by The Graduate College: https://grad.illinois.edu/fellowship/external-resources

·      International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS): https://isss.illinois.edu/


Day 3: Developing your skills away from the bench

·      How to talk about your research presentation (http://go.grad.illinois.edu/MCBslides )

·      CV to Resume presentation (http://go.grad.illinois.edu/MCBslides ),

·      Additional resources for CV/Resumes (https://grad.illinois.edu/careers/cv)

·      Make a 30 minute CV or resume review meeting at The Graduate College (https://grad.illinois.edu/careers/advising)

·      Time management resources from Michele Guerra (http://bit.ly/31so3wk)

·      Set SMART goals for time management (https://care.engineering.illinois.edu/time-management/)

·      If you are struggling with time management, you are not alone! The Counseling Center may be a great resource for you (https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/outreach-consultation-prevention/cultural-diversity-outreach/first-generation-students/studying-time)


Day 4: Entrepreneurship

·      Complete the Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (https://www.igb.illinois.edu/acquainted/fox-family-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-certificate-program)

·      Meet with someone at IllinoisVENTURES (https://illinoisventures.com/)

·      Translating Research From the Lab to the Market presentation from Tom Parkinson, Senior Director at IllinoisVENTURES: (http://bit.ly/2WHX0hj )

·      Research Park, UIUC: (http://researchpark.illinois.edu/)


Day 5: Tech transfer with Dr. Jen Rice

·      Document reviewed during the workshop (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26056274)

·      Discussion questions: (http://bit.ly/TechTransferQuestions)

·      Office of Technology Management (https://otm.illinois.edu)

·      Harvard Office of Technology Development (https://otd.harvard.edu)

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MCB GSA Research Symposium 2018 – Schedule

The schedule for the 2018 MCB GSA Research Symposium is now available! Stay tuned for more details. Don’t forget to register or submit an abstract for the poster session by Friday, August 3rd.
Register here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2351293

**Please register if you plan to attend even if you are not submitting an abstract so that we may get an accurate count of attendees.

MCB GSA Research Symposium Schedule

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM Symposium Opening Remarks
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Invited Talk One: Anna SantaMaria
Dr. Burke – Biochemistry
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Invited Talk Two: Hao Sun 
Dr. Kemper – Molecular and Integrative Physiology
11:20 AM – 12:20 PM Poster Session One (odds)
12:20 PM – 1:50 PM Lunch
1:50 PM – 2:10 PM Invited Talk Three: Elizabeth Rowland
Dr. Whitaker – Microbiology
2:10 PM – 2:30 PM Invited Talk Four: Jeremiah Heredia
Dr. Procko – Biochemistry
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Invited Talk Five: John Li 
Dr. Brieher – Cell and Developmental Biology
2:50 PM – 3:50 PM Poster Session Two (evens)
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. In-Hyun Park, Yale University


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Career Week Material

Material from Career Week workshops have been uploaded and can be found here. Check out our most recent newsletter for a version of the Career Week game is you weren’t able to get around to completing it during the semester. It’s never too late for professional development!

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

We are excited to present our Spring 2018 newsletter! Take a look to see what MCBees have been up to this semester, upcoming events for this summer, and a special MCBee Spotlight.


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