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Framing Your Future

Framing Your Future Career Conference for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

Career Conference for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 • Bond Life Sciences Center

Framing Your Future
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Conference Schedule

1-1:45 p.m.
Building Your Brand With Social Media
Monsanto Auditorium

Learn to harness the power of your social media presence to build your professional network. Discover how to cultivate your social media profiles into a professional brand. Building your professional brand can facilitate the job search process by enticing employers to seek you out. Bonus: Hear from a scientist and Mizzou alumnus who actively engages with social media.


Laura Peiter, MA
Support Specialist II, MU Career Center

Joanie Straub, MS (MU BJ & BS 1994)
Director of Planning and Communication, Missouri School of Journalism

Jared Decker, PhD (MU 2012)
Associate Professor, Animal Sciences


2-2:45 p.m.
Individual Development Plan (IDP): What Is It? Discover Its Power!
Monsanto Auditorium

Individual Development Plans are the blueprint for your success in the academic world, and lay the foundation to propel you towards your ideal professional career. Discover the benefits of creating, and using, an IDP for goal setting and skill building during graduate school. Using the new IDP template created by the MU Graduate School, discussion will cover the critical step of transitioning from goal setting to building actual skills, and how to seek assistance from your advisor and/or faculty mentor.


Laura Page, PhD (MU 2017)
Director of Professional Development & Leadership, MU Graduate School
Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis


3-3:45 p.m.
Grad School Life Hacks: Recharging Your Purpose & Career Self-Care Tips
Monsanto Auditorium

The academic, research and professional development aspects of graduate school can be stressful. There’s also the challenge of finding time for yourself. In this workshop, two Mizzou alums will describe their experiences and give specific strategies that promote work-life balance and reignite personal energy and purpose. Andrea Kimura will address how mindfulness, meditation and yoga work alongside with academic pursuits and self-fulfillment. Stephen Shannon will share his academic and personal journey, a prime example of the power of perseverance.


Andrea Kimura, M.Ed (MU 2013), CHES*
Health Educator, MU Student Health Center, *Certified Health Education Specialist

Stephen Shannon, PhD (MU 2012)
Medical Writer at ETHOS Health Communications


3:45-5:45 p.m.
Mizzou Resources and Networking Career Fair & Reception
McQuinn Atrium (upstairs from Monsanto Auditorium)

Featuring companies, potential employers and university resources with information relevant to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Join us for refreshments during this event.

The Networking Career Fair is organized by ACES – Alternative Career Exploration in the Sciences – Mizzou graduate student & postdoctoral fellow organization.


McFarland Graduate Student & Faculty Endowment in Science
MU Graduate School
MU IMSD Program
Bond Life Sciences Center
ACES (Alternative Career Exploration in the Sciences)
Bond Life Sciences Center Graduate Initiatives