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Alumni engage students during the Graduate School’s 2019 student research day

On June 27, the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School hosted its fourth annual GSBS Student Research Day (GSRD). This event featured a full day of competitions for Graduate School students, including oral and poster presentations and elevator speeches. It also provided our alumni a great opportunity to work with students and visit the campus.

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GSBS alumna Tamara J. Laskowski, PhD, pictured above, coached GSBS students for the elevator speech competition by hosting a workshop to help the students hone their communication skills for the contest. Laskowski is a senior research scientist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated from the Graduate School in 2014 with a doctorate in Human and Molecular Genetics. Her advisor was Brian R. Davis, PhD.

Photo of Dr. Haddad from 2019 GSRD

One of the judges for this contest included Yasmine M. Haddad, DDS, PhD, seen above with one of the contest's winners. Haddad has a private practice in Houston specializing in oral cancer and dentistry. She graduate from the GSBS in 2009 with a doctorate in Cancer Biology. Her advisor was David McConkey, PhD. 

And during GSRD, John J. Kopchick, PhD, met with the 2019 Kopchick Fellows and discussed plans for the inaugural Kopchick Symposium, which will be held on November 4. Kopchick graduated in 1980 with a doctorate in Virology and Gene Therapy. His advisor was Ralph Arlinghaus, PhD.

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For more information about upcoming events where alumni can lend a helping hand, please contact Associate Dean of Diversity, Career Development, Alumni Affairs Cherilynn R. Shadding, PhD.

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