Mar 2, 2018
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On February 26, 2018, the Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA) hosted the second event of their Navigating Graduate School Lunch Hour Series.
 
At the “Networking, the how and why?” event, a panel of UCLA faculty and postdoctoral fellows shared their experiences building professional relationships outside of the lab. The discussion included navigating conference opportunities, maintaining lab alumni relationships, and developing collaborations.
 
The event panelists included faculty and postdoctoral fellows from the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Professor Jose Rodriguez, Dr. Jennifer Oyler-Yaniv (Wollman group), and Dr. Yenni Garcia (Torres group).  Alumnus Dr. Alexander Patananan (Ph.D. ’15 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Steven Clarke group), currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Teitell group in the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was also a panelist.
 
(Left to right): Xiaofei (Fay) Lin, Dr. Jennifer Oyler-Yaniv, Dr. Yenni Garcia, Prof. Jose Rodriguez, Dr. Alexander Patananan, Prof. Steven Clarke.
 
The Navigating Graduate School Lunch Hour Series was initiated by Biochemistry Molecular Structural Biology (BMSB) graduate students Xiaofei (Fay) Lin, Joseph Ong, and Joanna Marshall, with support from Professor Steven Clarke, in an effort to explore topics of graduate school life outside of science research. 
 
This lunch hour series is scheduled to run throughout Spring quarter. Future topics include applying for fellowships, teaching and mentorship, and mental health in graduate school. gBSA provides lunch for individuals who RSVP.  
 
To learn more about the gBSA, visit their website.
 
Many thanks to Xiaofei Lin for writing this article and providing the photo.