NOV. 15, 2006 | How about a career path in private industry or academia? Should I teach or focus on research? How will a graduate degree help me?
The day featured speakers covering some of the career choices available to graduate students. Booths also were set up with information on each of the 16 programs in the Graduate School.
“The idea behind Career Day is twofold,” said Graduate School Dean Robert McGehee, Ph.D. “For undergraduates, we want to introduce them to the
“For graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, we have career advice and a slate of speakers representing some of the career paths available.”
Speaker Larry Suva, Ph.D., an associate professor of orthopaedics and physiology and biophysics in the UAMS College of Medicine, has worked for giant pharmaceutical companies, including Merck. He also has spent more than one stint on the faculty at universities including UAMS and Harvard.
“There is no right or wrong answer, only that which is right or wrong for you,” he said of the question of a career in the private sector versus academia.
Joseph Underwood, Ph.D., J.D., a patent attorney with the Williams and
For Underwood, an interest in patent law arose out of working for Tim O’Brien, Ph.D., then director of UAMS BioVentures, the state’s first biomedical business incubator, while in graduate school. Underwood said that at the time, O’Brien’s lab was involved with identification of genes associated with cancer. The researchers applied for patents, or exclusive rights, for their discoveries.
After graduating in 2000 with his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he said. He decided to take the law school admissions test and while in law school he remembered his interest in patent law.
Andrea Duina, Ph.D., an assistant professor in biology at
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