Creating Connections Consortium (C3): Deadline Extended!!

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The C3/LADO Diversity conference and job search event is an incredible opportunity to speak with and engage with faculty and administrators from various liberal arts colleges about open positions at their institutions as well as network with people really committed to diversifying the professoriate.

Click on the link below to see this year’s faculty positions and fellowships.

C-3_LADO Faculty Positions Fellowships

To learn more about these positions, please register for the event here.

Date and Time:  From Monday, September 28 at 10:00 am through Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm EDT
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus

For more information about the conference visit 
If you have any questions, please contact GSAS Office of Academic Diversity by sending an email to or by calling 212-851-9851.

Fall Happy Hour 2015–Morningside

Update: Thanks so much to everyone who came out on Thursday! I know I had a great time, and I’m glad there will be more opportunities to get to know everyone better. If anyone has forgotten an umbrella or a sweater, please check with the hostess station at Mel’s, we have a bit of a collection. Sign of a good happy hour, I say….







Back to business, Columbia! We’re kicking off the new year with a happy hour at Mel’s Bar.  ALL* are welcome to come make new friends and catch up with old ones over FREE drinks. Don’t forget to sign in and get a nametag!


*That means YOU, doctoral candidates, med students, post-docs, MA students, technicians, faculty, and especially articulate talking dogs. Male or female, from any Columbia campus: if you have a bachelor’s degree and support women in science then we hope we see you there!


If you can’t make it this time, be sure to head uptown for the CUMC Fall Happy Hour on Thursday, Sept 17!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Time: 6:00PM–8:00PM

Location: Mel’s Burger Bar, 2850 Broadway (at W 111th St)


Questions? Comments? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Ask the organizer: Caroline Patenode

3rd Annual Alumni Networking Reception

Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2015

Time: 6:00PM–8:00PM

Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, Morningside Campus, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

RSVP Required:



You are invited to attend Women in Science at Columbia’s third annual Alumni Networking reception! This is an opportunity for current WISC members to connect with graduates of Columbia STEM departments who are now working in fields as diverse as biotech, consulting, and science writing.

Refreshments will be served.

Questions about alternative career paths? Have advice to pass on to the next generation? We hope to see you there!


This event is supported in part by the generosity of the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

Organizer: Caroline Patenode, WISC Co-President

For more information about this event please email


Madeleine Jacobs: Ten Lessons Learned From a Lifetime of Science

Update: Thank you to everyone who came to Ms Jacob’s talk! I hope you all learned as much as I did! 20150311_151350



WISC is pleased to announce that we are hosting Madeleine Jacobs, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, formerly Executive Director/CEO of the American Chemical Society, for a lecture on science culture with Q&A to follow.

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM, Garden Room, Faculty House,  Morningside Campus (Entrance on W 116th between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Drive)



Drawing on nearly 45 years as a communicator of science and chemistry, Madeleine Jacobs describes what she has learned about work and life. This talk is about how to build a satisfying career while balancing a demanding professional life with a personal life and staying true to one’s core values. Be prepared to nod with recognition, laugh, and even cry, from her first tip, “Never do anything just to please your mother,” to Lesson Number 10, “Experiment!”

Abbreviated Jacobs Biography: 

Madeleine Jacobs has been Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society since 2004. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, with more than 161,000 members worldwide. Jacobs served for 10 years as Managing Editor (1993-95) and Editor-in-Chief (1995-2003) of ACS’s weekly newsmagazine, Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), where she also worked early in her career (1969-72).  She has also worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1972-74), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1974-79), and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, where she was chief science writer (1979-87) and director of the Office of Public Affairs (1987-93).

Jacobs received a B.S. in chemistry with honors and distinction from George Washington University in 1968. She completed a year of graduate study in organic chemistry at the University of Maryland in 1969.

Jacobs has received a number of awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences Women’s History Month Award (2002), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences (2003), the American Crystallographic Association Public Service Award (2004), and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) President’s Award (2010). She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. In 2012, Jacobs was chosen as one of 100 Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by STEMconnector™.

Jacobs retired in mid-February 2015 from ACS. She became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents on March 1, 2015.


Organizer: Caroline Patenode, WISC Co-President

WISC Spring Happy Hour 2015

Date:  Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

Time: 5PM-7PM

Location: The Heights Bar & Grill (Broadway between 111&112th street, Map)

Take a break from blizzards and the new semester work, and come join WISC for our spring happy hour. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet some of our newer WISC members. Enjoy free drinks and light appetizers! (Photo IDs required)

Questions about this event? Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Ju Yang (

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

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: