A Brief Guide to Qualifying Exams

Qualifying exams encompass a stressful time during your Ph.D. We know, we’ve experienced them. It can feel like an insurmountable mound looming in the distance. But this doesn’t have to be the case, and we know you will pass. DBBS Interim Associate Dean Steve Mennerick has written up the following document as a means to […]

Wellness Week 2021 – Feb 22nd-26th

We’d like to invite you all to Wellness Week 2021, happening Feb 22-26, brought to you by SAC Health and Wellness Committee, Connections, and DEISAA of DBBS.   You can register here for your free Wellness Care Package! Monday Meg Krejci, a Wellness Consultant for Mindfulness, will lead us through a Make-your-own Mandala workshop. We’ll […]

The Petri Dish Featuring Dr. John Novembre

Dr. John Novembre is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics, and Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. John received the Macarthur fellowship in 2015 for his pioneering work as a Computational Biologist. John’s work on uncovering fine-scale population structure and variation has been essential towards understanding human genetic variation and diversity. […]

DBBS Student Stipend History

Spearheaded by DBBS Graduate Student, Sadie VanHorn, SAC has put together data on the lack of stipend increase for DBBS graduate students over the past 3 years. This oversight has led to a drop in Standard of Living by 4.2%. SAC shared this information with DBBS administration, who are strongly on board to remedy this […]

Estimated Tax Seminar 2020

Speaker: Chanel Lyon, ASFP, from Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. Slides from the talk: Estimated Taxes Seminar 2020 Basics of how to calculate taxes: First, know your sources of income. Taxable income depends on sources of income. Most sources of income are taxed the same. Talk to your personal tax preparer for this, because every situation […]

COVID-19 Survey Data and Admin Discussion Notes

We have published the data from our COVID-19 survey and it is accessible to all with a WashU login. Additionally, we are in regular communication with DBBS Admin to address these issues. We are publishing the notes from these meetings.

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Thi Nguyen

Thi Nguyen, PhD is a neuroscientist, virtual learning consultant, and career coach. She creates supportive and inclusive learning environments for students. She teaches about strategic career planning, storytelling, and presenting your professional self authentically. She has worked with professionals across corporate and non-profit spaces in the Bay Area, Boston, and now St. Louis. She has […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Erin Clark

This week we were joined by Dr. Erin Clark, Senior Scientist. Dr. Clark graduated from UT Austin with a BS in Biology and a BS in Biochemistry. She received her PhD from Harvard University and did her postdoc work at Brandeis University. While she was earning her degrees and working as a postdoc she taught […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Gladys Smith – WashU Mental Health

Dr. Gladys Smith is a licensed Psychotherapist, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Gladys is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a Chief Petty Officer (HMC) Hospital Corpsman and Sexual Assault Therapist, Substance Abuse Counselor, and […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews

Dr. Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD is the founder and CEO of Diggs-Andrews Consulting, LLC, a consulting and media company whose goal is to broaden accessibility to science careers through science outreach, diversity training, and professional development. She is also a Master Facilitator with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and a Certified Trainer with the Center […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Kathleen Chaffee

We brought in Dr. Kathleen Chaffee from WashU’s Office of Technology Management (OTM) to speak with us about her path from science to patent law. Dr. Chaffee has a PhD in Chemistry, did a postdoc at WashU in imaging, then switched gears and joined Dentons Law, finally landing at OTM. She has been practicing Patent […]

SAC Elections for 2020-2021 are underway!

SAC Call for Applications

The Student Advisory Committee Elections for 2020-2021 are underway and we hope you will consider joining us in our commitment to bettering the lives of DBBS graduate students. Applicants can submit their info using this short, 3-question form. Deadline to submit is June 5th, with voting open from June 8th-15th. We have 4 open Committee […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. PJ Buske

On May 8th we had WashU Alum, Dr. PJ Buske. Dr. Buske graduated from the (now) Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology program in 2013, then did his postdoc in the lab of Dyche Mullins at UCSF, both times working on bacterial cell biology. In 2017, he transitioned to industry and joined the Bioanalytical group as […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Michelle DeLair

This week The Petri Dish brought on Dr. Michelle DeLair, Assistant Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Development at the WashU Career Center. Dr. DeLair (mdelair @ wustl.edu) specializes in working with graduate students and postdocs at any stage of their career. She helps explore career options, fine tune interview skills, and specializes in written […]

Virtual WIPs with The WashU Postdoc Society

In collaboration with the WashU Postdoc Society (WUPS), SAC is excited to bring the Virtual Work in Progress to life! You can sign up here should you want to present! We’d love to have you.

Taxes for US Citizen and Foreign Permanent Resident Students

DISCLAIMER: We are not tax experts and cannot be found liable for taxes filed incorrectly. We are excited to share the Tax guide for US Citizen and Foreign Permanent Resident Students (IRS defined: US Citizens, US persons, and US Resident Aliens). In it you’ll find examples of how to calculate estimated taxes for Federal and […]

The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Petra Levin

This week on The Petri Dish we caught up with Dr. Petra Levin, Co-Director of Plant and Microbial Biosciences here at WashU. Not only is she an experienced mentor and scientist, but she is also an innovator of education, working to generate graduate student courses which seamlessly bleed into the graduate skill building. I invited […]

The Petri Dish

The Petri Dish is a weekly chat-session hosted by DBBS SAC members. This informal chat allows for social interaction in a time of social distancing and brings in guests who can help us continue to be productive (or just survive) during our lab-free lives. We send out weekly reminders on Friday morning with the Zoom […]

Managing Coronavirus Stress

We know this is a stressful time, with constant changes to our day-to-day lives and disruptions to our science. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of resources focusing on wellness, health, and scientific progress. Mental health and Meditation Have anxiety about Coronavirus? Check out this article in SELF (https://www.self.com/story/coronavirus-anxiety) suggested by our […]

Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) Panel – March 9, 2020

The Future Educators hosted a Mentored Teaching Experience (MTE) panel for first-year graduate students to answer questions about the required MTE. Click here to download the slides from the MTE panel 2020-03-09. Below you’ll also see some other takeaways. If you want the best chance of getting your top class pick then email the coursemaster […]

Tax Infographic

We’re not really graphic designers (some of us have a bit of experience), but we are grad students. So with that knowledge, please enjoy our tax infographic for how to file taxes for US Citizens. International students should look for help from the Office of International Students and Scholars, who have teamed up with The Law […]

Joining a Lab – A Question Guide

Congrats, first-years! It’s time to join a lab! SAC has put together a list of questions that may help you in your decision making process.

Complimentary NYTimes Access

Did you know that you have free access to the NYT sponsored by Student Union? Follow these instructions from the Graduate Professional Council: Complimentary Access to The New York Times with link http://nytimesaccess.com/washingtonuniversity/ Notes: This is a test trial for graduate students and if a lot of interest is shown, we may be permanently added […]

SAC Breakfast Recess

Congratulations! The semester is almost over! We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you’ll join us on Dec 17th, 8:30-10am in Needleman for free breakfast! We’ll provide coffee, fruit, bagels, donuts, etc!

Voting – Tuesday Nov. 6

There is less than 1 week until the midterm election and many items on the ballot in Missouri. We recommend you craft a plan to make sure you successfully vote. This means decide how you will vote in advance (feel free to write them down and bring with you) and when you are going to the polls. […]

2018-10-01 SAC Meeting Minutes

Oct 1st, 2018 – SAC Meeting Minutes Ice cream social – October 4th McDonell Courtyard. 4:30-6. Please remember to fill out the climate survey that you received! First year representative elections will be happening soon – stay tuned! SAC is looking to form a SAC communications task force to help increase the visibility and usability […]

Ice Cream Social This Week!

Hi all! We hope you can join your classmates and SAC for an Ice Cream social. We’ll have ice cream, toppings, sorbet, games, and relaxation time outside of lab. We hope you can join us!

2018-09-10 SAC Meeting Minutes

Sept 10th, 2019 – SAC Meeting Minutes SAC has a speaker and microphone set up which is available for all student group use. Please contact Joel Dalton to schedule use. Recap of Orientation week activities, including panels, table fair, and end of week party. If you have any input, please reach out to us and […]