WISC’s First Annual Graduate Research Symposium

WISC’s First Annual Graduate Research Symposium : Empowering Women and Fostering Innovative Science – Saturday, April 23, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University (Morningside Campus)

The WISC Graduate Research Symposium (WGRS) is a multi-disciplinary research conference that aims to highlight and celebrate emerging research conducted by women graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

We want to highlight your research! Call For Abstracts deadline has been extended to March 18th. We will have awards for best poster and presentations. These awards will include monetary compensation. Please visit here for more information.

Register to attend the conference for FREE by visiting https://bitly.com/WGRSRegister

Navigating Academia: Pathway to Professorship

Women in Science at Columbia (WISC), GSAS Students of Color Alliance (SoCA), and the New York Academy of the Sciences Minority Graduate Student Network (NYAS MGSN) present Navigating Academia: Pathway to Professorship.

Hear young professors in STEM fields share their experiences on the path to professorship and the challenges they have encountered and overcome (ie. diversity, work-life balance, networking, negotiating, and more).

Save the Date!

Date: Wednesday, March 25th,

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus: Havemeyer Hall, Room 711.

RSVP Here!

Organizer: Gabriella Sanguinetti, Professional Development Chair, gps2118@columbia.edu

Career Panel Discussion: Getting into and Succeeding in the Computer Science Industry

Date:  Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Performance Space, Morningside Campus
RSVP required

Join us for our Career Panel Discussion: Getting into and Succeeding in the Computer Science Industry. Our panelists are currently working at top companies in the pharmaceutical, financial, and tech industries. They will be talking about their perspective on the field, their work environments, and the products they are developing.  We will also discuss industry directions and what it takes to become a competitive applicant. The event is open to all students who are interested in the computer science industry.

Participating Panelists:
Gloria Yuan: Software engineer at Google NYC
Gloria is currently a software engineer at the Google NYC office. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science in 2012, and has been working at Google for 2.5 years. Her product area is Display Ads, specifically the DoubleClick for Publishers product. DFP is an ad trafficking and serving platform that brings publishers valuable ad revenue to keep their business running.

Jiyang Ju, PhD: Senior Scientist at Pfizer
Dr. Yu received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Zhejiang University, China in 2006. In 2008, he started his PhD in Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. He then joined Califano lab for his dissertation and received the PhD degree in 2012. His thesis work was on integrating systems biology and functional genomics to identify drivers and therapeutic targets of human cancers. His PhD work was published in top journals such as Cancer Cell. Right after his PhD, he joined the computational biology group at Pfizer Oncology as a senior scientist. His current work at Pfizer is to develop software and algorithms to analyze functional genomics NGS data and to integrate with large-scaled genetic/genomic data for pharmacological target identification of human tumors.

Yuan Du: Software Engineer at Facebook
Yuan is a software engineer in Facebook. She graduated from Columbia University in Dec 2012 and got her master degree in CS major. She has worked at Facebook New York office for almost two years since then. She worked on web development in last year and now she is focusing on Android app development.

Mia (Mi) Zhou: Software Engineer at Bank of America
Mia is currently working in Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. Her team is called Quartz Core, which is known as an integrated platform for both Global Market trading and risk management, from front to back, across all financial assets. Before that she enrolled in Barclays’ technology rotation program for one and half year, working in Rates, Prime Service and Mortgage Securities. In addition to the financial industry working experience, Mia did a summer internship in the Bing Search team in Microsoft. She got a master degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Gabriella Sanguineti at  gps2118@columbia.edu

WISC Undergraduate Mentoring Event: Why Major in the Sciences?

WISC Undergraduate Mentoring Event:
Why Major in the Sciences?

Date: Thursday Nov 20
Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM 
Location: Fairchild, Room 700

Unlike the Majors Open House events that focus on specific requirements for completing the degree, we plan to focus on “bigger picture” reasons why studying science is gratifying and provide the opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about their potential field of interest  from current graduate students in STEM departments at Columbia.

For those who are interested, this will also be an opportunity to link undergraduates with potential graduate student mentors.

Dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP here if you plan to participate in order to receive more details on the agenda for the event.

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Undergraduate Mentor Co-Chairs Michelle VanTieghem: mrv2115@columbia.edu and Katherine Zee: ksz2014@columbia.edu

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Undergraduate Mentor Co-chairs Michelle VanTieghem: mrv2115@columbia.edu and Katherine Zee: ksz2104@columbia.edu.

Start-Ups: Opportunities, Resources, and Pitfalls

Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Time: 4:00p – 5:30p
Location: Davis Auditorium, Shapiro CEPSR
4:00p-5:00p: Panel discussion about entrepreneurship and start-ups
5:00p-5:30p: Network reception with coffee and snacks
Misti Ushio PhD in Biochemical Engineering, University College London
Managing Director and Executive Vice President – Harris & Harris Group, a venture capital firm
Nina Tandon PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
MBA, Columbia University – Innovation and Entrepreneurship at @Columbia
CEO of EpiBone – Harlem Biospace
Donna See MPH, Columbia University
MBA, Columbia University
Director of Licensing – Columbia Technology Transfer
Teresa Fazio PhD in Materials Science & Engineering, Columbia University
Licensing Officer – Columbia Technology Transfer
Ke Cheng PhD in Cancer Biology, Harbard Medical School
Founder/CEO – HistoWiz, a histopathology service start-up
Yuan Zhou MS in Applied Statistics, Columbia Teachers College
Co-founder/Director of Programs & Curriculum Development – RoboTerra, technology education start-up
All are invited regardless of gender. Please direct questions to Haoqian Chen at: hc2365@columbia.edu


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Successfully Navigating a Career Fair, But Didn’t Know to Ask.

Part 1: Workshop on the Fundamentals

Date: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Time: 6:00p – 7:30p
Location: Havemeyer Hall, 7th floor lounge
 – 30 min presentation on the key take-away points
 – 1 hr mock career fair to practice with board members and Columbia alumni as mock employers
Part 2: Professional Head Shot Service
Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014
Time: 1:00p – 4:00p
Location: 602 NWC Building
Cost: $8 in-advance; $10 walk-ins (no refund) 
You will reserve a spot within a 20-min window
during which your photos will be taken, NOT a 20-min private photo shoot.
Reserve your spot! Photographer will take 3-5 photos for you, and you’ll review the photos before they are sent to you via email.
Please arrive 5 minutes early to sign in.
Business attire is highly recommended. Due to expected high demand, photographs will be first-come, first-served.
All are invited regardless of gender. Please direct questions to Haoqian Chen at hc2365@columbia.edu