Biotechnology PhD Training Program

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BIMS Diversity Day

2017

September 26, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm: 25 MARC students from North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Hampton University participated in Diversity Day.  Organized by Assistant Dean Janet Cross and the Infectious Diseases Training Program. 
10 - 10:45 am: Welcome and Introductions (Janet Cross, Barbara Mann, Keisha John, Amy Bouton.
11 am - 12 pm: Students divided up into two groups for a one-on-one faculty interview (BTP mentors Chris Deppmann, David Kashatus, Gordon Laurie, Jeff Saucerman, Sylvia Blemker and Tajie Harris met with students) and a UVa facilities tour, or a lab hands-on experience. BTP trainees Alexandra Harris and Faith Karanja offered lab experiences.
12 - 1:30 pm: Lunch with introduction from Greg Townsend, followed by panel discussion with four graduate students (Shahzad Khan [Neuroscience], Laryssa Manigat [BTP], Aldo Nascimento [Microbiology], Tiffany Shand [Microbiology]
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Two student groups switch to one-on-one faculty interview and a UVa facilities tour, or a Microbiology lab hands-on experience.
2:30 - 3:30 pm: Training Grant Roundtable discussion, including participation of the BTP with director Gordon Laurie.
3:30 pm; Closing remarks and final questions.
3:40 pm: optional UVa grounds tour by BTP administrator Mary Hall.  Download pdf.


2016

October 25, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm: 35 MARC students from North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Hampton University participated in Diversity Day.  Organized by Assistant Dean Janet Cross and the Infectious Diseases Training Program. 
10 - 10:45 am: Welcome and Introductions (Janet Cross, Barbara Mann, Keisha John, Amy Bouton.
11 am - 12 pm: Students divided up into two groups for a one-on-one faculty interview (BTP mentors Chris Deppmann, David Kashatus, Gordon Laurie, Jeff Saucerman, Sylvia Blemker and Tajie Harris met with students) and a UVa facilities tour, or a lab hands-on experience. BTP trainees Alexandra Harris and Faith Karanja offered lab experiences.
12 - 1:30 pm: Lunch with introduction from Greg Townsend, followed by panel discussion with four graduate students (Shahzad Khan [Neuroscience], Laryssa Manigat [BTP], Aldo Nascimento [Microbiology], Tiffany Shand [Microbiology]
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Two student groups switch to one-on-one faculty interview and a UVa facilities tour, or a Microbiology lab hands-on experience.
2:30 - 3:30 pm: Training Grant Roundtable discussion, including participation of the BTP with director Gordon Laurie.
3:30 pm; Closing remarks and final questions.
3:40 pm: optional UVa grounds tour by BTP administrator Mary Hall.  Download pdf.


2015

October 2, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm: ~22 North Carolina A&T University and University of Maryland Baltimore County MARC students.  Organized by Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Young Hahn and Mary Hall of the BTP, with help from Keisha John (UVa Director of Diversity), Janet Cross and Amy Bouton.  Program includes: (i) Welcome from Shayn Peirce-Cottler and Young Hahn, and introduction from Amy Bouton.  (ii) Two lab-based small group show and tell and hand’s on experiences with graduate students.  (iii) Two one-on-one interviews with faculty mentors. (iii) Lunch welcome from Greg Townsend (Associate Dean for Diversity & Medical Education) followed by Q&A session with a panel of URM postdocs and graduate students.  (iii) Keisha John moderated round table discussions with training grant directors, followed by a brief presentation of UVa’s Summer Research Internship Program.  (iv) Closing by Janet Cross.  Download pdf.

January 26, 10:30 am - 4:45 pm: ~12 Hampton University MARC and pre-MARC students. Organized by Amy Bouton.  Program includes: (i) Welcome and introduction from Amy Bouton.  (ii) Two lab-based small group show and tell and hand’s on experiences with graduate students:  What is it like to be a graduate student.  (iii) Discussion lunch with graduate students.  (iv) Round table discussions with training grant directors.  (iv) Information on UVa’s Summer Research Internship Program.


Other BTP Diversity Initiatives

2015

September 15 - BTP Mentor Shayn Peirce-Cottler speaks to MARC students at Winston-Salem State University

September 22 - BTP Mentor Vic Englehard speaks to MARC students at Winston-Salem State University

September 24 - Mary Hall, BTP students Matt Biggs, Kelly Drews and Dan Nelson present to Gallaudet University undergraduates in Washington DC.  Gallaudet is a federally funded university for the deaf (picture at left).

November 11 - 14 - BTP Mentor attends ABRCMS