Sign up to be a moderator at the Summer Research Conference

Dear Graduate Students,

As you may know, the annual UC San Diego Summer Research Conference (SRC) is taking place on Friday, August 18th here on campus.  It’s an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to discuss the research they’ve been doing in recent months.  This year, more than 300 undergraduates representing a wide range of academic disciplines will present their research at the SRC.

With only 10 days to go, we find ourselves in need of moderators for many of the 53 panels that will take place in the morning and afternoon of August 18th.  We initially asked faculty members to volunteer to serve as moderators, and now, still in need of many more moderators, we’ve widened our scope to include non-faculty postdocs and graduate students.

I’m writing to ask if you’d like to serve as a moderator of one of the panels at the SRC.   The topics of the various panels are listed below, as are the time slots during which they will take place; if you’d like to moderate one of the panels, please register at the link provided below, and let me ( or Conference Coordinator Jessica Davis ( know which panel you’d like to moderate (I don’t think there’s a way to specify this when you register).

Here is a list of the panels for which we still need moderators:

(the morning panels run from 9 – 11:45 am and the afternoon ones go from 1:00 – 3:45 pm)

Molecular Biology and Regulation (AM)

Bioengineering (AM)

Biomedicine (AM)

Brain Structure, Neuroscience, and Autism (AM)

Chemistry and Biochemistry (AM)

Claiming and Constructing Identity (AM)

Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Learning (AM)

Computational and Systems Biology (AM)

Creativity, Emotions, and Perception (AM)

Plant Biology (AM)

Chemistry and Biochemistry II (PM)

Ethnicity and Education (PM)

Heart and Muscle Disease (PM)

Materials Science Engineering (PM)

Metallo-organic Chemistry (PM)

Bioengineering II (PM)

Molecular Biology and Regulation II (PM)

Philosophy (PM)

Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry (PM)

Electrical Engineering: Impacts of Solar Energy and Electric Vehicle Charging (PM)

Politics and Media (PM)

Psychology and Psychiatry (PM)

Cell Biology (PM)

Substance Use and Abuse (PM)

Electrical Engineering: Medical and Research Applications (PM)

Semiconductors and Circuit Technology (PM)

Vision, Eye Gaze, and Image Manipulation (PM)

Please register by Friday, August 11 if you are able and willing to help us out and provide these hard-working undergraduates with a formative experience presenting their research.  Note that you will not be charged a fee to register as a moderator, and that moderators are welcome to join us for lunch from 11:45 – 12:45.

2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student

Dear Graduate Students,

We would like to invite you to present your ongoing, basic and translational biomedical research at the 2017 Southern California Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Symposium, hosted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, October 20. The goal of this symposium is to highlight and celebrate graduate research and to provide the opportunity to foster inter-institutional relations all across Southern California and throughout the state. It is planned by graduate students, for graduate students.

This year we are proud to present our keynote speaker, Brendan D. Manning, PhD. Dr. Manning is a professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases at Harvard University. He is also the director of Harvard University’s PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health. The Manning laboratory studies PI3K-mTOR signaling in cancer, aging, and metabolism. He is also the recipient of the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award.

The symposium will also feature a Q&A panel with industry experts including Dr. Janine Bilsborough, head of the Cedars-Sinai Drug Discovery and Development and formerly at Amgen, Dr. Laurens Kruideneir, head of GI Immunology at Takeda, and Dr. John Flygare, one of the head scientists at Merck’s new Bay Area site and formerly at Genentech.

We invite all who are participating to share their work and submit an abstract of no more than 500 words as part of their free registration. Masters and PhD students are encouraged to present a poster of their research, and outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations.  Additionally, cash awards will be given out for best posters and presentations.  For free registration to the symposium and to submit an abstract, please go to and please see the flyer for additional information. The deadline to register has been extended to September 1. Please email with any questions.

Thank you and we hope to see you and your research this year!

9. 2017 SoCal Grad Symposium Flyer

44th Semiannual Biotechnology Vendor Showcase – Aug 24

When:  Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Where: Price Center, EAST Ballroom

Time: 10:00 am   2:30 pm

Stop by the event to:

* Network with other Researchers

* View Product Demonstrations

* Connect with Industry Experts

* Discover New Research Tools

* Learn Troubleshooting Skills

* Hear About Laboratory Services

* Learn about Career Opportunities


Using the right tools for your research saves you time at the bench.


Visit the link below to find

* A list of exhibitors

* Save time by pre-registering on-line!

Strategic Grant Development Workshop – Aug 21-22

Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Understand the process of successful grant proposal writing in just two days! You will learn all important facets of the process including  researching the right funding sources to creating a budget and developing other crucial components of a winning proposal.

Register Today!


 Tuition for our Two-Day Grant Writing Workshop is $549 USD per person, with a $25 off discount for early sign-ups (10 business days or more before the workshop).

ACS Event – Guest Speaker Dr. Dwayne Carter – Aug 16

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Communicating Your Research Workshop – Sept 5-8, 2017

I’m delighted to announce that the transformative workshop Communicating Your Research (formerly Inspiring Research: Creative Strategies for Communication) will be offered in September 2017.  A component of the professional development program, grAdvantage, this intensive four-day workshop is facilitated by UCSD Theatre and Dance faculty member Professor Kim Rubinstein.


Building on her research, Professor Rubinstein incorporates elements of her Cultivating the Creative Mind course as well as strategies learned from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The workshop is designed to enhance participants’ abilities to communicate their research to a variety of audiences. During the final day, participants will be interviewed by an expert interviewer and filmed by a camera crew in a setting that resembles a professional media capture environment.


The next workshop will take place Tuesday, September 5, through Friday, September 8, 2017.  Please support your graduate students’ and postdoctoral scholars’ professional development by encouraging them to apply online by Friday, August 11th.

SWIGS Summer Networking

SWIGS Summer Networking Event Flyer