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Virtual VSSA | Summer 2020

Because we cannot provide the research experience we intended, we want to focus on enhancing your exposure to the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) community. To accomplish this goal, we have planned seminars from individuals on different post-undergraduate paths. The presenters will discuss both their personal journey, explaining their motivations, goals, and reasons for pursuing their path, as well as a professional story that illustrates their passion. During each seminar hour, two individuals will present so that you build an understanding of the diversity of the community. We will complement these seminars with professional development seminars to help you know how to prepare for your next step!


Note for June 10th seminar:

In support of the #shutdownSTEM and #strike4blacklives movement, we would like to postpone our seminar Wednesday, June 10th, until the day after, Thursday, June 11th, at 12:00 CST. We will be recording the seminar if you are unable to attend at the new time.
Because we will not be meeting at 12:00 tomorrow, we would like to encourage you to visit to learn more about this initiative. The organizers have provided action steps various leaders in STEM can take tomorrow, including you a student: They have also collected a lot of resources to help scientists begin to understand structural racism, racial injustice and anti-racism: A few resources we’d like to share are below:
Thank you for your engagement and we look forward to seeing you Thursday!
Beth and Christina


June 1-5Ben Park, M.D., Ph.D.

Maria Hadjifrangiskou, Ph.D.
No recording available Beth Bowman, Ph.D. & Christina Keeton, Ph.D.

Presentation slides
June 8-12Kellie Wilson, IGP PhD Graduate Student

Geena Ildefonso, QCB PhD Graduate Students
Kianna Jackson, MD

Kaitlyn Reasoner, MD
Jennifer Steffen Kimble, M.Ed
June 15-19Rachelle W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Danny Winder, Ph.D.
David Wu, MSTP StudentMegan A. Williams, Ph.D.
June 22-26Tulo Omokehinde, Ph.D. Student

Sam Doonyema, IGP PhD Student
Adrian Cadar, MD Student

Ben Osher, MD Student
Kim Petrie, Ph.D.
June 29-July 3James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D.

Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D.
Danny Sack, MSTP student.