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!

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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  (

·      Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (

·      Preparing for a career in teaching presentation

·      Complete and Individual Development Plan (


Day 2: Taking the next steps in academia

·      “Postdocs: Why and How?” presentation ( 

·      Register for the Faculty Job Search Retreat on July 31st (

·      Search the Fellowship Finder to identify funding opportunities (

·      Read this blog post describing how to best use the Fellowship Finder tool (

·      Check out this collection of the best online resources for proposal writing curated by The Graduate College:

·      International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS):


Day 3: Developing your skills away from the bench

·      How to talk about your research presentation ( )

·      CV to Resume presentation ( ),

·      Additional resources for CV/Resumes (

·      Make a 30 minute CV or resume review meeting at The Graduate College (

·      Time management resources from Michele Guerra (

·      Set SMART goals for time management (

·      If you are struggling with time management, you are not alone! The Counseling Center may be a great resource for you (


Day 4: Entrepreneurship

·      Complete the Fox Family Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (

·      Meet with someone at IllinoisVENTURES (

·      Translating Research From the Lab to the Market presentation from Tom Parkinson, Senior Director at IllinoisVENTURES: ( )

·      Research Park, UIUC: (


Day 5: Tech transfer with Dr. Jen Rice

·      Document reviewed during the workshop (

·      Discussion questions: (

·      Office of Technology Management (

·      Harvard Office of Technology Development (

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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:

**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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MCB GSA Career Development Week 2018

MCB GSA Career Development Week is coming up from May 7th – May 11th!

Take a look at the schedule to view the offered modules and to RSVP.

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Have you checked out our Fall 2017 Newsletter yet? Take a look at all of the great things MCBees accomplished last semester, and see what is coming up this term!

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January 2018 Journal Club

Our next Journal Club is coming up soon! Join us on Wednesday, January 24 at 5 PM (location TBA). Please RSVP here by Monday, January 22.

Topic: Microbiomes, antibiotics, and their impact on immunotherapeutics
Faculty facilitator: Dr. Brenda Wilson, Department of Microbiology

Mini-review: Kaiser J “Gut microbes shape response to cancer immunotherapy” Science (2017) 358(6363):573
Key Paper #1: Gopalakrishna V et al. “Gut microbiome modulates response to anti-PD1 immunotherapy in melanoma patients” Science (2017) Nov 2
Key Paper #2: Routy B et al. “Gut microbiome influences efficacy of pd-1-based immunotherapy against epithelial tumors” Science (2017) Nov 2

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Resources to Contact Illinois Representatives

Dear MCBees,
Congress is currently working to reconcile the two versions of tax reform legislation that were recently passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The final version could include a provision that would subject graduate tuition waivers to taxation as income. Passage of such legislation would make graduate education less affordable and would undoubtedly have negative consequences for current and future graduate enrollment.

This potential tax reform is understandably a topic of concern for all of us. We agree with the Graduate College that these provisions would have a considerably negative impact on graduate students at the University. The Graduate College has contacted all graduate students to highlight how the University is responding to the bill and to encourage us to contact our representatives. We write to you today to provide specific resources for you to make your voice heard. Please find below the contact information for our local and state legislators. You may also find an example e-mail here that you may adapt to your own needs, or use as a template when contacting your representatives. 



Congressman Rodney Davis
Email form:
Champaign Office: (217) 403-4690
DC Office (202) 225-2371

Senator Tammy Duckworth
Email form:
DC Office: (202) 224-2854

Senator Richard Durbin
Email Form:
DC Office: (202) 224-2152



Yours truly,
The MCB GSA Board

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