On Friday April 24th 2015, Dr. Jim Wedincamp, Chairman of the Department of Biology at East Georgia State College, participated in the Life Sciences Career Pathways Panel discussion at the Georgia Southern University Research Symposium held at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center. The Research Symposium is a conference style showcase of student and faculty research across multiple disciplines. The event included speakers, poster and presentation sessions from all academic disciplines. This marks the 14th year that Georgia Southern University has hosted the Annual Research Symposium showcasing graduate research efforts as coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies.
The Life Sciences Career Pathways Panel was sponsored by the Molecular Biology Initiative (MBI). Dr. Laura Regassa, Director of the MBI program, is a professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University. The MBI program offers professional enrichment opportunities, intensive mentoring and structured community outreach to area high schools. This program also supports 14 graduate student fellows each year who participate in mentor-directed research and course work, professional development, and community outreach. Fellows serve as content experts to area high school teachers. The Career Pathways Panel consisted of a diverse group of Georgia Southern University science alumni and fielded questions from graduate students regarding best practices and tips on career advancement in the sciences.
The Life Sciences Career Pathways Panel photo left to right: Dr. Jim Wedincamp, Professor/Chair Department of Biology at East Georgia State College; Dr. Marina Eremeeva, Associate Professor in Environmental Health Science at the Jiann-Ping College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University; Ms. Sherrie Cannon, Instructor of Biology at Savannah Technical College; Brett Rabenek, Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and Dr. Laura Regassa, Professor of Biology and Director of the MBI Program at Georgia Southern University.