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Life Sciences Week

Framing Your Future

Career Conference for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

Wednesday, April 12


11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session: STEM Job Talk Prep
171 Bond LSC

Join us for a panel discussion on how to create an effective job talk seminar for campus interviews from STEM experts.
Hosted by MU Graduate Student Association

Yves Chiswili Chabu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences

Dr. Chabu is a developmental and tumor biologist. He recently joined Mizzou from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Chabu’s lab uses genetics, cell, and molecular biology approaches to understand how cell-cell communication control tissue size and shape during normal development. In addition, his lab investigates how cell-cell interactions in the tumor microenvironment promote tumor overgrowth and metastasis.

 Christine Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Youth Conservation Education, School of Natural Resources

Christine Li recently received her PhD in Conservation Education and Program Development at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in conducting collaborative and interdisciplinary research that promote conservation and education, designing education and outreach to engage public and K-12 students in sustainability, and strengthening educational research and evaluation methodologies in sustainability. 

Rebecca North, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Water Quality, School of Natural Resources

Rebecca is an emerging researcher in aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry, with expertise on nutrient and algal dynamics in water bodies. She addresses questions regarding the sources and timing of nutrient loading from land to lake. Rebecca earned all of her degrees at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. 

Michael Podgursky, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics

Dr. Podgursky served as department chair from 1995-2005.  His research focuses on the economics of education.  He has written many articles in the area, with a primary focus on school finance, educator compensation, and human resource policy in schools.    He serves on the board of editors of several academic journals including Education Finance and Policy and Education Next,  advisory boards for various statistical agencies, research institutes, and education organizations, and was a fellow of the George W.Bush Institute from 2010-2013.  He is a co-investigator at the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University, and the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at AIR,  two national research centers funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.  He also serves on the boards of the Missouri Show Me Institute and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.


1-1:45 p.m.
Session 1: Navigation Towards Internships
Monsanto Auditorium

Three experienced career services professionals l guide us on the journey of learning and gaining experience through internships. These opportunities are common for graduate students in many fields, but not so in others. Topics discussed include where to find internships, how to discuss internships with your adviser, what to expect during an internship, and more.

Linda Lorenz, M.Ed, M.S.
Director of Career and Alumni Services, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs

Linda is a career development professional who enjoys guiding and empowering students to successfully reach their goals through intentional choices. Assist students in developing the professional tools needed to build and manage their own careers. Linda earned a M.Ed. from the University of Alabama and a M.S. in Spanish Education from Delta State University.

Emily Mahler, M.S.
Senior Student Services Coordinator, Office of Experiential Learning, Department of Health Sciences, School of Health Professions

Emily is an educator specializing in experiential learning, student development and career preparation. She helps people connect through: internships, service and campus/community engagement. Emily serves as a liaison between industry and academia. She assists students in developing professional, social and cultural capital. Emily earned a M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

Meredith Shaw, M.Ed.
Director of Crosby MBA Career Services and Corporate Outreach, Trulaske College of Business

Meredith is a career professional who specializes in connecting students with employers; guides students as they develop their personal tools and build their career network, and helps each student realize their potential as an applicant by exposing them to new ideas and industries appropriate for their background.  Meredith has a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Education at Mizzou.


2-2:45 p.m.
Session 2a: A Recruiter’s Strategies and Tactics to Negotiating
Monsanto Auditorium

Tim McIntosh, a former headhunter and current higher education leader in recruitment will help you understand how to build leverage in order to find success negotiating during your next job or promotion.

Tim McIntosh, SHRM-CP, PHR
Director, Greater Missouri HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium) and University of Missouri System Executive Initiatives, Office of VP Human Resources

This will be Tim’s third time addressing the Framing Your Future audience since he’s come to the University of Missouri in 2008 as the Assistant Director of Business Career Services in the Trulaske College of Business. There he served as a job seeker advocate and the subject matter expert in recruiting. Tim advanced from this position to Manager of Talent Management at MU, followed by his current position with UM System and HERC. Prior to coming to Mizzou, Tim was employed as a Recruiter Lead for Aerotek, a multi-billion dollar private staffing firm. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Knox College and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).


2-2:45 p.m.
Session 2b: Employment Tips for International Graduate Students
171 Bond LSC

This session will provide an overview of work authorization options for international graduate students in the STEM fields.  Topics will include curricular practical training, optional practical training, and the H-1B employment status.

David Currey, M.S.Ed.
Assistant Director of the MU International Center and Director of International Students and Scholars Services

David has worked at Mizzou since 2001, and in the field of international education for more than 24 years. He holds a master’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration from Middle Tennessee State University. David has held several leadership positions in NAFSA: National Association of International Educators. In 2005, David participated in the Fulbright International Education Administrator Program in South Korea He also participated in the State Department-funded Reconnect-Plus Indonesia program in 2009 to increase student mobility between the U.S. and Indonesia. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Kristen Albrecht, M.A.
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars Services.

Kristen earned a master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University in Boston. She is originally from Michigan, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in international relations at Grand Valley State University and studied abroad in Poland and Mexico. Kristen has participated in the Chancellor’s Emerging Leaders Program and NAFSA Management Development Program, and she recently wrote a guest blog on how the center’s international student and scholar services team implemented the NAFSA competency model. Kristen serves as a NAFSA Trainer Corp trainer, leading workshops on F-1 regulations at regional and national conferences.

Lauren Sellers
Scholar Coordinator, International Students and Scholars Services

Lauren has a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in international management from Missouri State University. During her undergraduate program, she studied abroad in Costa Rica. Lauren has experience as an educator in both community and public schools, and she spent a year and a half in Laos working in the management of a local company. Upon her return to the U.S., she taught business skills and culture to visiting scholars through the MU Asian Affairs Center before joining the International Center.

 Miha Britt, J.D., M.B.A.
Britt Immigration Law, LLC

Mihaela (Miha) has 10 years of experience in higher education working with international students and scholars on immigration issues. She has detailed knowledge in both student and work immigration visas. An immigrant herself, Miha has navigated the complex immigration system and is ready to help others navigate it to realize their dreams. Miha received an MBA and a JD both from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and admitted to practice in the Western District of Missouri. Miha is a member of National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). As a NAFSA member, she is also part of the training team (Trainer Corp). Miha has taught H1B and J-1 workshops both at regional and national level. Miha is frequently a trainer and a presenter a both regional and national conferences.


3-3:45 p.m.
Session 3: Conflict Management/Resolution in the Lab and Workplace
Monsanto Auditorium

We all occasionally experience conflict in the lab and workplace.  How we communicate and problem solve in these situations can determine whether there is a constructive outcome.  In this workshop we will explore principles of cooperative problem solving and effective strategies for managing difficult conversations.

Prof. Paul Ladehoff, J.D., M.S.
Director of LL.M in Dispute Resolution Program and Director of the Campus Mediation Service, MU School of Law

Paul is a 1994 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, and litigated environmental cases for the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to coming to Columbia, he was Executive Director of The Central Mediation Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Paul also holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.


3:45 – 5 p.m.
Networking Reception & Resource Fair for MU Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
McQuinn Atrium

Please join us at the Networking Reception for tasty refreshments and continue the conversations sparked today. The Resource Fair will feature MU graduate student and postdoctoral fellows organizations and several employers.
Bonus: Four lucky conference attendees will receive a special gift bag during the Networking Reception. Must be present to win and have attended at least one conference session.