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 […]

Home Buying Seminar Recap

We spoke with Real Estate Agent Kirk McCullen (314-951-1968; kirkmstl @ and Lender Drew Stiegimeier (618-779-7507; drews @ about what you need to buy a home while a graduate student. Most of the audio was recorded, and Kirk gave us a couple documents. Our notes of the event are below. Ultimate Home Buyer […]

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. 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 […]

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 @ 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 […]

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 ( 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 […]