Alumni Speaker Series

Tuesday Talks with Alumni Speaker Series

This spring quarter speaker series is designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to informally connect with advanced-degree alumni who have successfully navigated graduate school at UC Davis and who come from diverse academic fields and professional backgrounds. Each alum will share their experiences and personal perspectives on a professional development topic of their choosing. See below for the list of speakers, presentation dates and times, and registration information.

Door prize drawing: with each talk attended, students earn one (1) entry into a drawing for one (1) of five (5) $50 VISA gift cards. Winners will be announced following the conclusion of the speaker series.

Professional Development as Self-Care: From Year 1 to Done

Presented by, Sarah Messbauer (Ph.D., '18, Music)

Research Development Analyst, UC Davis Office of Research Interdisciplinary Research Support team

April 6, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Listen Here


The Academic Job Search

Presented by, Laura Lindenfeld (Ph.D., '03, Cultural Studies)

Dean and Vice Provost, Stony Brook University

April 13, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Jobs Outside the Academy

Presented by, Alice Fitzpatrick
(Ph.D., '10, Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology; DVM, '07)

Principal Scientist, Fractyl Laboratories, Inc.

April 20, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Building Your Professional Network

Presented by, Donna Charlevoix (M.S., '97, Atmospheric Sciences)

Director, Education and Community Engagement at UNAVCO

April 27, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Online Teaching Strategies for Higher Ed

Presented by, Mustafa Ozilgen (Ph.D., '85, Chemical Engineering)

Professor, Yeditepe University in Turkey

May 4, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Work-Life Balance (in Covid era)

Presented by, Jennifer Nakayama (M.S., '00, Civil Engineering) and Karina Nakayama (Ph.D., '12, Bioengineering and Biomedeical Engineering)

President and Executive Director, Waikiki Business Improvement District and Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, respectively

May 11, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Academic Success in the Nonprofit World

Presented by, Mae Cannon (Ph.D., '14, History)

Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)

May 18, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here


Establishing Your Professional Profile

Presented by, Sarah Flores (M.S., '11, Geology)

Environmental Cooperation Program Administrator, the U.S. Department of State

May 25, 12:00-1:00pm | Zoom | Watch Here