Beyond the PhD: Schedule

 

8:30 am

REGISTRATION/CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 am

WELCOME

  • Carl Martellino, Executive Director, USC Career Center
  • Sally Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs & Professor, USC Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
9:15 am-10:30 am

KEYNOTE PLENARY: AT THE INTERSECTION OF ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Karon Jolna, PhD in Women’s Studies, Program Director, Ms. Magazine in the Classroom and Researcher at UCLA Center for the Study of Women
  • Rebecca Peabody, PhD in Art History, Head of Research Projects and Programs, The Getty
  • Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, PhD in Political Science, Professor, USC Department of Political Science and Founder, RISIST Consulting
  • Sheila Tejada, PhD in Artificial Intelligence, Teaching Faculty, USC Department of Computer Science & Founder, CSavvy
  • Christopher Stewart, PhD in Linguistics (French), Analytical Linguist, Google
10:45 am-12:00 pm

KEYNOTE PLENARY: APPLYING YOUR EXPERTISE

Moderator:

  • Damian Wang, PhD in Genetic, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Project Manager, 23andMe

Panelists:

  • Christopher Thornberg, PhD in Economics, Co-Founder, Beacon Economics Consulting
  • Tiffany Raymond, PhD in English, Senior Manager of Global Experimentation & Optimization, PayPal
  • Selma Hepp, PhD in Economics, Chief Economist & VP of Business Intelligence, Pacific Union International
  • Farhan Baluch, PhD in Neuroscience, Senior Data Scientist, Netflix
  • Cyrus Arman, PhD in Neuroscience, Director of Corporate Strategy, Amgen
  • Ritesh Mehta, PhD in Communication & Media Studies, Film/TV Script Reader & Freelance Story Consultant
12:00 pm-12:30 pm

LUNCH

12:30 pm-1:30 pm

CAREER WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Mastering Mentoring Panel

  • Andrea Hodge, PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Vice Provost, USC Undergraduate Programs
  • Raymond Stevens, PhD in Organic Chemistry, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Director, The Bridge Institute

Option 2: Navigating the Academic Job Market

  • Stanley Huey, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Associate Professor, USC Department of Psychology & USC Department of American Studies & Ethnicity

Option 3: Free Photo Session for Professional Headshots

(available from 10am-2pm)

1:35 pm-2:35 pm

NON-ACADEMIC CAREERS PANELS

Careers for STEM

Moderator:

  • Yuta Ando, PhD Student, USC Department Biomedical Engineering & President, USC Viterbi Graduate Student Association

Panelists:

  • Sarah Madsen, PhD in Neuroscience, Global Scientific Communications Manager, Amgen
  • Jordan Williams, PhD in Molecular Biology, Principal Scientist, Diversified Nano Solutions
  • Damian Wang, PhD in Genetic, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Project Manager, 23andMe
  • Claudia Aguirre, PhD in Neuroscience, Founder, Dr. Claudia
  • Parag Havaldar, PhD in Computer Science, Software R&D Lead, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Kubala Marta, PhD in Molecular Biology, USC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Careers for Social Science and Humanities

Moderator:

  • Inna Arnaudova, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Postdoctoral Research Associate, USC Department of Psychology

Panelists:

  • Chloe Bird, PhD in Sociology, Senior Sociologist, RAND Corporation
  • Kathryn Edwards, PhD in Applied Linguistics, Curriculum Support, LA County School District
  • David Levitus, PhD in Political Science, Founder, LA Forward
  • Philip Butler, PhD in Theology, Core Ethical Team Member, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  • Maytha Alhassen, PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity, Public Speaker
  • Raffaele Asquer, PhD in Political Science, Associate Project Manager, Internet Brands
2:40 pm-3:40 pm

ACADEMIC CAREERS PANELS

 Careers for STEM PhDs

Moderator:

  • Lee Daniel Gibbs, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, USC Keck School of Medicine

Panelists:

  • Dominique Duncan, PhD in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Assistant Professor, USC Department of Neurology
  • Zoe Pettway Unno, PhD in Biological Sciences, Head Librarian, USC Science & Engineering Library
  • Jennifer Dinalo, PhD in Molecular Microbiology, Medical Librarian, USC
    Keck School of Medicine Norris Medical Library
  • Megan McCain, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Gabilan Assistant Professor, USC Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Keyue Shen, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor, USC Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Stacey Finley, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Assistant Professor, USC Department of Biomedical Engineering & the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Careers for Social Science and Humanities

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Ryon Cobb, PhD in Sociology, Postdoctoral Fellow, USC Davis School of
    Gerontology
  • Allen Weiss, PhD in Marketing, Professor, USC Marshall School of Business
  • Teshia Roby, PhD in Education, Associate Dean, CSUF College of Education
  • A. James McKeever, PhD in Sociology, Chair, Pierce College Department of History, Philosophy & Sociology Department & Assistant Professor, Pierce College Department of Sociology
  • Katya Armistead, EdD, Dean, UCSB Student Services
  • Nathaniel Burke, PhD in Sociology, Coordinator, Campus Climate & Inclusion Services, UCSB Student Services
  • Lara Rann, PhD in Ethnomusicology, Lecturer, Scripps College Writing Program & Scripps Department of Music
3:45 pm

Raffle / Closing Remarks

  • Lori Shreve-Blake, Senior Director, Alumni & Students Career Services