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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

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

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

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 […]

Summary: COVID-19 Response Survey Results

Click the button below to see our presentation of the survey response data and meeting notes from our meeting with DBBS leadership. Summary Majority of students want the eligibility for testing to be expanded. The restricted testing has created feelings that students and medical campus employees are not as valued, compared to undergraduates. Many students […]
Visa Policy changes: How you can help – October 2020

Visa Policy changes: How you can help – October 2020

tl;dr: support your international student and post-doc peers by emailing this letter to your senator, calling your senator, or submitting a comment on the proposed changes. On September 24, 2020 DHS proposed a set of rule changes to F, J and I visa procedures. If these rules are accepted this would directly affect current and […]
Home Buying Seminar Recap

Home Buying Seminar Recap

We spoke with Real Estate Agent Kirk McCullen (314-951-1968; kirkmstl @ gmail.com) and Lender Drew Stiegimeier (618-779-7507; drews @ frontierstl.com) 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 […]
SAC’s Guide to Voting in the General Election

SAC’s Guide to Voting in the General Election

by Nicolette Laird The general election is coming up and it’s time to exercise your right as a US citizen to vote! This year on November 3rd, you have a few options to cast your vote: mail-in, absentee, or in-person. Confused about the differences between these options? SAC is here to help! Click on the […]
The Petri Dish featuring Dr. Thi Nguyen

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

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 […]