Graduate Leadership & Development Committee

The mission of the Graduate Leadership & Development Committee (GLDC) is to contribute to the professional development of Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) graduate students in a holistic manner by creating opportunities to foster research, scholarship, career development, and community engagement skills. We provide organized mechanisms for graduate student professional development and service to the IPiB and greater Wisconsin communities. Additionally, we promote an inclusive and tightly-knit community of students and faculty through recruitment of future graduate students, the annual IPiB Retreat, and departmental social events.

Read below for more info on each sub-committee and we hope you’ll come to one of our meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m.

Operations Chair

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Kimberly Huggler

The Operations Chair will maintain the general operations of GLDC. They help schedule and email reminders for GLDC meetings to the GLDC officers and the IPiB community, and prepare and fill in the GLDC meeting agenda during the meetings. The Operations Chair has access to the GLDC flexible spending account and facilitates the use of flexible spending funds.

Steering Committee Representative

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Andrea Killian Wegrzynowicz

The Steering Committee Representative serves as the representative of the graduate student body of IPiB at monthly Steering Committee meetings. They present updates to the Steering Committee on GLDC functions and activities, and provide a student voice in Steering Committee discussions. They are expected to attend the monthly Steering Committee meetings and report back to the students at the monthly GLDC meetings.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Representative

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Rachel Cueny

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Representative shares the activities, proposals, and plans of the IPiB DEIC with the GLDC, and solicits their input, suggestions, and hopes for future planning and programming that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in IPiB.

Career Chairs

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Kyle Flickinger
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Gina Wade

The Career Chairs are responsible for planning career development events for IPiB graduate students to expose students to the variety of careers available to them. Examples of past events include: panel/roundtable discussions with guests from industry, academia, patent law, science writing, and public policy; social hours with representatives from different career paths in Madison; sessions with IPiB alumni; science-focused professional development workshops and mock interviews. The chairs also inform IPiB students of career events hosted by the University, Graduate School, and IPiB.

Social Chairs

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Nithesh Chandrasekharan
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Clara Frazier

The Social Chairs are responsible for planning departmental social gatherings for incoming and current students and faculty. The major events planned by this committee are: New Student Welcome Picnic (September), Winter Reception/celebration of year-end department successes (December), and Awards in Research and Teaching Reception (June).

Recruiting Chairs

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Alexander Duckworth
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Kim Huggler
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Anna Zmich

The Recruiting Chairs help to recruit future students of IPiB. The Chairs organize the recruiting kick-off meeting, work with point-people to help plan recruiting weekends, participate in the recruiting weekends, and facilitate communication between point-people, staff, and the faculty Recruiting Chairs.

New Student Orientation Committee Representative

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Rachel Cueny

The NSOC Representative sits as the student representative on the New Student Orientation Committee, which oversees assignment of first-year students’ rotations and thesis lab choices.

Lunch Symposia Chairs

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Kyle Flickinger
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Gina Wade

The GLDC Lunch Symposia is a student seminar series that gives IPiB students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research in a casual setting in front of their peers over lunch. The Lunch Symposia Chairs prepare a schedule of student and outside speaker presenters each semester. Additionally, the Chairs organize practice preliminary exam lunches for second year students to gain practice and get feedback from their graduate student peers before their preliminary exam.

Student Invited Speaker Chair

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Nina Bonde

The SIS Chair coordinates the selection, invitation and visit of a seminar speaker to present as part of the program seminar series. During the fall semester of their term, the Chair collects speaker nominations and facilitates voting by IPiB students. Once a speaker is selected, the Chair formally invites the speaker and is involved in planning the details of the visit, including selecting a date, reserving the appropriate accommodations for the speaker (in collaboration with office staff), scheduling meetings with IPiB labs, and hosting a lunch, reception, and dinner with the speaker and graduate students.

Outreach Chairs

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Aspa Amiridis
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Andrea Hunger
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Lauren Mazurkiewicz

The Outreach Chairs plans and organizes community outreach with two major goals: communicating science to the Madison community and organizing opportunities for IPiB graduate students to gain scientific outreach and communication experience. This committee organizes an outreach event on a monthly basis. Some of these events include hands-on experiment booths at Saturday Science at the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery and the Wisconsin Science Festival, mentoring UW-Madison STEM undergraduates through GradParent, hosting a competitive event for high school students at the Regional Science Olympiad, judging an elementary school science fair, and organizing science experiments with local elementary schools.

IPiB/Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Representative

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Aryel Clarke

The Curriculum Chair sits on the undergraduate curriculum committee and the IPiB curriculum committee as the student representative to discuss the undergraduate Biochemistry and IPiB curricula and direction of the programs.

IPIB Retreat Chairs

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Josh Mitchell
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Laura Muehlbauer

The Retreat Chairs are responsible for organizing and hosting the Annual Fall IPiB Retreat, an event essential for introducing new students to research performed by IPiB faculty, staff, and students and celebrating their research accomplishments. The Retreat Chairs work together with front office staff, the Department Chairs, and the MediaLab to assemble a list of speakers, design the event schedule, finalize logistics for the event, and host the Retreat on the day of.

Wellness Chair

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Rachel Cueny

The Wellness Chair aims to promote the health and wellbeing of our IPiB community by creating a supportive environment which allows graduate students to flourish as they progress towards their Ph.D. Academic science can be a challenging and stressful environment, and researchers/students are more creative and productive when they are respected and supported. Therefore, the Wellness Chair helps to create an environment in which everyone can thrive by promoting work-life balance and fostering discussions about environmental factors that impact our mental health.