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Alternative Careers for Graduate Students panel

Houchens 105

When Mar 04, 2014
from 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Where Houchens 105
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Contact Phone 502-852-5882
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Description. According to studies such as that in At Cross Purposes by Chris Golde, graduate students are not only unclear about their career prospects at graduation, but are not invited by their programs to consider the possibility or value of career paths other than those of tenure-track faculty. However, the current academic job market is such that fewer than half of PhD recipients will seek and obtain academic careers (not to mention the many Masters students who will seek non-academic careers). And, according to Golde, students desire more opportunities to consider alternative career paths.
In order to meet the needs of students who will not seek or obtain tenure-track academic positions, we are offering a panel discussion featuring successful PhD recipients who are working in non-profit or business sectors in our community. These alumni will discuss their alternative career paths, including what challenges they faced and how they were able to successfully translate their PhD research and skills to a non-academic context. The panel should be relevant to both Masters and PhDs who are considering careers off the tenure track. Time for audience questions will be included. 
Terena Bell is CEO of In Every Language, an language services provider offering translation, interpreting, and localization. She serves as Secretary of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), the international trade association for translation companies, and formerly served on the Association of Language Companies national leadership council.  Terena also sits on the Obama Administration’s White House Business Roundtable, which has taken calls with both the President and the Vice-President, as well as senior advisors and members of Cabinet.  She writes the popular column “Micro/Macro” for MultiLingual Magazine, and has been quoted by IncForbes, and CNN Money. Terena has lived in France and the United States.
Caroline Chan was a non-traditional student. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Biology, she married and became a full-time mother. With six children, she stayed home for 20 years. When she was ready to get back into the world, she knew she needed to update her knowledge base. Science has always been her passion, particularly freshwater ecology, but after lots of life experience, she realized that science that directly benefits people would sustain her. She went to University of Louisville and got her Master’s in Public Health, a field that takes scientific knowledge and applies it in ways that has lasting impacts on the lives of people. She continued on at UofL and got her PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences. Her dissertation project looked at how characteristics of watersheds affect the mercury concentration in fish and subsequently the impact on populations that consume fish from those waters. Since graduating, she has been working for the Kentucky Division of Water as an environmental scientist. Her primary responsibility is the analysis of data that has been collected for monitoring or regulatory purposes in order to inform the decision making process in protecting the waters of the Commonwealth. 
Dr. Brynn Dombroski earned her PhD in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is currently putting her knowledge and expertise in psychology and neuroscience to use as the Center Director of the Louisville-LearningRx in St. Matthews, a cognitive brain training center that helps struggling students, high-achieving students, career adults and seniors, as well as individuals with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) retrain their brains. 
Emilie Dyer: An indigenous Louisvillian, Emilie joined the Americana staff in early-August 2011. She holds a bachelor of psychology and a master of sociology from the University of Louisville. As a family coach, she provides support services and guidance to refugees, immigrants, and south louisville community members.
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