9th Annual GSPS Career Symposium Speakers

This Monday, October 30th from 11AM-3PM in the Coverdell Center the following speakers will be presenting at the 9th Annual GSPS Career Symposium*:

Bill Edens PhD, MBA
VP Operations
RayBiotech, Inc.

Clifford Michaels PhD, CLP, RTTP
Assistant Director, Licensing
Emory University, Office of Technology Transfer

C. Taylor Gilliland PhD
Health Science Policy Analyst
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Steven Stice PhD
Co-Founder, ArunA Biomedical
D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia

Brian Giles PhD, JD
Biotechnology Patent Attorney
Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP

Michelle Foulke
Career Consultant, UGA Career Center

*Don’t forget! Boxed lunches will be provided to those who have registered for this event.

Register for the 9th Annual Career Symposium

Registration for our 9th Annual Career Symposium, which will be held on Monday, October 30th from 11am-3PM is now open! This event will have 5 PhDs representing various fields talking about what they do in their current position and how they got to where they are today. The finalized list of speakers will be sent out on the GSPS Listerv. There will also be a panel discussion where you can ask questions to the speakers about their career paths.

Please register by 10/24 if you would like to have lunch on us during the event. Coffee and light snacks will also be provided.

Questions regarding the event can be directed to the GSPS email.

Link to register:

9th Annual Career Symposium

GSPS Announces its 2017-18 Exec Board

Board members for this academic year:

Executive Chair – Sadie Nennig – Neuroscience
Associate Executive Chair – Rachel Earls – Neuroscience
Treasurer – Madelaine Wednzik – Neuroscience
Secretary – Anna Nichenko – Kinesiology
Fundraising Chair – Christian Anderson – Toxicology
Community Service Chair – Brian Jurgielewicz – Neuroscience
Social Chair – Meghan Logun – Neuroscience

Congratulations to all! For more information about GSPS, be sure to check out our “about us” page.

First GSPS Social of the Year

Welcome to our new members & welcome back to our returning members!

We will be having our first social of the year at Terrapin this Friday (8/25) starting at 5pm. Come have a beer, meet the exec board and other GSPS members, and talk about all things GSPS! We have some open executive board positions this year as well so if you’re interested please stop by and introduce yourself!

Unfortunately, GSPS will not be providing alcohol, however the event is free to those who do not drink!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email!

Registration for 8th Annual Career Symposium

We are opening up registration for our 8th Annual Career Symposium on November 2nd, 2016 from 8am-1pm. This will be a great event co-sponsored by GSPS and the UGA Career Center, and will have speakers from various areas of science including industry, academia, and government. Breakfast and snacks will be provided, but please register in advance!

Let us know if you have any questions regarding the event. Once we have the speakers finalized, we will send an additional registration email with the speakers listed. While it is scheduled from 8am-1pm, you’re more than welcomed to come and go between talks in order to attend class/other obligations.

Link to register:

8th Annual Career Symposium Registration

GSPS to attend Graduate School Info Fair – Aug 8th

Welcome to UGA, incoming graduate students!

GSPS will be at the Graduate School Information Fair on Monday, August 8th from 9-11:30am to talk about what we are all about, upcoming events for the year, and open executive board positions! Come check us out!

Thank you for attending Research Day

Thank you to those who attended Research Day, and everyone who contributed to make it successful!  The GSPS board would like to thank all students and postdocs for their participation, the faculty who volunteered their time and expertise as judges, and Dr. Todd McDevitt for joining us from California as our keynote speaker.  For those that missed the awards ceremony at the end of the day, the winners were:

Poster winners: Anat Florentin and Phillip Knutson

Poster runner-ups: Kawanda Foster, Anna Nichenko, and Ruchi Yadav

Talk winner: Caitlin Conn

Talk runner-up: Bijoyaa Mohapatra


Research Day Registration Now Open

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science (GSPS) at UGA will be hosting its 6th Annual Research Day on Monday, March 28th, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 5PM at the Coverdell Center. Attendance is not mandatory for the full day, although it is encouraged. Thanks to our sponsors across campus, registration to the event is FREE for all students, postdocs, and faculty to attend. Registration will be open until March 11th and the highlight will be a keynote address from Dr. Todd McDevitt, a prominent scientist in the engineering technologies of stem cell research.

If you have any questions please feel free to email gsps.uga@gmail.com.

To register: complete the form 6th Annual GSPS Research Day 2016.

GSPS Social Event this Thursday, Jan 28th

The Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science are hosting a social event this Thursday, January 28th at 5:30pm. The event will take place at Athens’ very own Creature Comforts Brewery, located at 271 W Hancock Ave.

Officers of GSPS will be wearing grey GSPS t-shirts, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about GSPS or our upcoming Research Day.

GSPS Research Day set for March 28

Attention! Do you have research or projects that you are ready to show off to UGA? Then join the Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science for our upcoming sixth annual Research Day! Research Day is an opportunity for students to present posters and give talks on past, current, and forthcoming research that they are working for the University of Georgia. We will be awarding PRIZES to the best talks and posters according to our judge’s panel of university professors. It is a great experience for students to not only practice their presentation skills, but to also introduce the UGA community to the work that they are doing.

The highlight of Research Day will be a keynote address from Dr. Todd McDevitt, a prominent scientist in the engineering technologies of stem cell research (https://mcdevitt.gladstone.org).

Research Day will take place on March 28th. If you are interested in participating, please look out for another email which will tell you where and how to submit your abstract.  The GSPS board will then be in touch regarding specifics about the event.

GSPS will also be hosting a social event on 1/28 at Creature Comforts in downtown Athens, and as always, we are available to answer any questions you may have, so be on the lookout for future emails!

Good luck with the start of your spring semester, and good luck in all your research.

2015-2016 GSPS Executive Board Open Positions


Secretary: Role is to record and distribute minutes at our monthly meetings, handle all official correspondences, and manage the email/social media accounts.

Fundraising chair: Responsibilities include reaching out to various departments around campus and seeking donations for funds that are used to support GSPS events (travel expenses for speakers, catering for events, etc.) and updating the executive board on the progress made at the monthly GSPS meetings.

Post-doc chair: A representative member of the University’s science post-docs, involved in the planning of GSPS events. Responsibilities include attending monthly GSPS meetings and assisting with the recruitment of additional post-docs to the association.

Teaching chair: A liaison between the University and GSPS. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings with University Administrators (such as the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning), as well as advisement of Graduate School/University events that relate to teaching. Previous teaching experience is recommended but not required. Significant flexibility in determining his/her role because this is such a new position! Must also attend monthly GSPS meetings.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Kristy Zera at kzera@uga.edu.

7th Annual GSPS Career Symposium: March 25th, 2015

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science (GSPS) will be hosting its 7th Annual Career Symposium on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. Please join us at the Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.

GSPS Research Day – Postponed

Thank you  to all who who expressed interest in the 6th Annual GSPS Research Day.  However, after careful consideration we have decided to postpone the event, and are aiming to reschedule for some time in the second half of the Spring 2015 semester.  We hope that delaying the event will enable more of our members to participate and showcase their research efforts to the broader community of students, postdocs, and faculty in the sciences.
Please keep your eyes open for announcements about our 7th Annual Career Symposium and another Terrapin Social!

Building Civic and Community Engagement into STEM Coursework

Representatives of the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center for Innovation-South at UNC-Asheville will conduct a workshop presentation on Monday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, in the MLC Reading Room. Presenters will share what SENCER is doing with courses across the country, integrating real-world, community issues into STEM-related disciplines, and will lead discussions about lessons learned, effective practice, and ideas for implementing similar work here at UGA.

The presentation, titled “Building Civic and Community Engagement into STEM Coursework,” is free and open to any interested faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, staff, or others who want to know more about  integrating experiential learning into coursework in STEM fields. No advance registration is required. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning, the CIRTL network, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of STEM Education, and the UGA Teaching Academy.SENCER Flyer Oct 27

Postdoc Journal: Call for Contributing Editors




Postdoc Journal invites Contributing Editors

Postdoc Journal, a Journal of Postdoctoral Research (JPR) and Postdoctoral Affairs (JPA), is currently seeking contributing editors from multiple disciplines. JPR publishes original research papers, reviews, progress articles, commentaries, perspectives and research highlights in ALL disciplines postdocs conduct research in. The journal is chalked out to be a monthly publication set to release on the 20th of each month. Interested postdocs are expected to contribute, at the least, 4 peer reviewed articles per year. The work could be in any of the formats supported by the journal, i.e. commentary, research highlight, progress article, perspectives, review and original research.

Endorsed by an advisory panel of eminent scientists, and managed by a team of 60+ postdocs on the editorial board representing a range of universities and disciplines, JPR has been publishing papers since January of 2013. It is an initiative to highlight the significant contributions made by postdoctoral fellows around the world to ongoing research in ALL disciplines. To capitalize on the steady growth the journal has witnessed since its inception, Postdoc Journal invites applicants from ALL research disciplines to serve as contributing editors.

Interested postdocs may contact the editors-in-chief Dr. Nicole Billings (anb11@mit.edu), Dr. Zi Chen (chen.z@seas.wustl.edu), senior contributing editor Dr. Raj Loganathan (rlogana2@jhmi.edu) or any of the editors on the current board.

The journal also encourages postdocs to join the fast-growing editorial team by filling-out the required information on the portal. We soon plan to form specialty sections on the editorial board based on various research disciplines.


2014 GSPS Fighting Cancer Relay for Life is Friday April 4. Come join us!


Relay for Life benefiting The American Cancer Society is today April 4th (7pm – 2am)!  Due to the rain the event has been moved from the IM fields to the Ramsey Center.

You can register for our team (GSPS Fighting Cancer) or make a donation at the link below:


At the event, we’ll be doing henna tattoos!

Come support the fight against cancer!

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2014 Relay for Life

Relay for Life benefiting The American Cancer Society is rapidly approaching!  The event will be taking place on Friday, April 4 at the UGA Intramural Fields.

This is a great opportunity to serve the community and raise money for a great cause.

You can register for our team (GSPS Fighting Cancer) or make a donation at the link below:


At the event, we’ll be doing henna tattoos, which were a big success last year.

In addition, we’ll be holding a bake sale, next Tuesday, April 1 on the first floor of Pharmacy South.  Nurture your body AND mind by picking up some guilt-free treats.  After all, the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life :-)!


6th Career Symposium: Schedule of Events

6th career symposium

9:30-9:35am Welcome address

9:35-10:40am Resume and Career Building – Presented by the UGA Career Center

10:45-12:00pm Session 1

Dr. Beverly Purnell, Senior Editor of Science Magazine
Ms. Melissa Nikolic, Director of Education and Workforce Development at Georgia Bio. To download GeorgiaBio presentation click HERE
Dr. Gregg Hanold, Senior Director of Technology at Qbase

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:05pm-2:15pm Session 2

Dr. Biao He, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and GRA Distinguished Investigator and founder and president of Cyan Bio Inc.
Mr. Derek Little, Environmental Engineer at the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Mark Davis, ThermoChemical Conversion Platform Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2:20-2:35pm – Public Health Resume Review/Coffee Break

Mr. Bryan Mallory, Program Manager at Emory Clinic
Mrs. Marisa Rosen, Program Evaluator at Cassandra Drennon and Associates, Inc.

2:40-3:25pm – Session 3

Mr. Bryan Mallory, Program Manager at Emory Clinic
Mrs. Marisa Rosen, Program Evaluator at Cassandra Drennon and Associates, Inc

3:30pm-4:00pm WorkReadyGrad Presentation – a company which specialized in connecting graduate students to employers prior to obtaining their degrees

4:05-4:10pm – Closing remarks

4:10-4:30pm Reception

Tentative Schedule for the 6th Career Symposium

9:15-9:30am Coffee and seating for event
9:30-9:35am Welcome address
9:35-11:00am Resume and Career Building – Presented by the UGA Career Center

11:05-12:20 pm Session 1
1. Dr. Beverly Purnell, Senior Editor of Science Magazine
2. Ms. Melissa Nikolic, Director of Education and Workforce Development at GeorgiaBio

12:20pm-1:25pm Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm Session 2
3. Dr. Bian He, Adjunct Professor and Founder and President of Cyan Bio Inc.
4. Mr. Derrick Little,  EPA,
5. Dr. Mark Davis, ThermoChem

2:30-2:45PM Break/Refreshments

2:50-4:00 Session 3
Speakers are to be announced shortly

4:05-4:10 Closing remarks
4:10-4:30pm Reception

6th Career Symposium Announcement

6th Annual Career Symposium will take place on March 21, 2014 at Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.


Sponsors of 2014 Career Symposium:

UGA Graduate School
UGA Career Center
Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
Biomedical Health Sciences Institute (BHSI)
Department of Bioinformatics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Department of Chemistry, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Department of Food Science and Technology
Department of Genetics
Department of Microbiology
Department of Plant Biology
Veterinary Medical Experiment Station (VMES)
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Psychology, Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine
Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO)
the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at UGA

Congrats to our newly elected GSPS Executive Board 2013-2014!

Executive ChairDylan Maixner – Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Associate Executive ChairAdam Rosen – Kinesiology
Postdoc ChairEvelina Basenko, PhD – Microbiology
Fundraising Co-ChairBrad Hounkpati and Rumit Singh – Entomology and Kinesiology
Social ChairWei Kang – Food Sciences
Community Service ChairSteven Foltz – Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
TreasurerLaura Hanold – Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
SecretaryNaga Sirisha Parimi – Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Harry Dailey – Biomedical and Health Sciences