CSUPERB hosted the most inspiring Summer Faculty Consensus Group (FCG) meeting in recent memory on Monday, August 5, at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach. We invited back 22 Cal State alumni working in biotechnology to come back and school the FCG on what it’s like to work in R&D organizations beyond the CSU, how to search for jobs, and what is critical for successful graduate school applications. Of course, the consensus was clear - research experiences are critical for student success after graduation! Read more here and see the photo gallery.
As a result of all the good vibes and constructive feedback, the Strategic Planning Council decided to create a CSUPERB Alumni Relations taskforce going forward.
The first CSUPERB Ideas Lab
will be held at CSU Fresno Sept. 14-16. The call went out for faculty interested in solving research problems related to the Ecosystem-Food Production-Human Health Trilemma. We are looking forward to working with faculty members from 14 different CSU campuses with a wonderful mix of disciplinary expertise from big data to sensing technologies to metagenomics to agricultural business. The 3-day workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and the hope is that proposal writing teams will form in response to open solicitations from NSF, NIFA and EPA.
A final reminder - poster abstracts for the 32nd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium are due Monday, September 16th at 5 pm
! Eden and Nagel Student Research Award nominations are due at the same time. Attend the “Abstractology” Webinar on Sept. 6th (details below) if you’re interested in learning how to write a competitive poster abstract (or check out the symposium website
). We’re projecting a 70% acceptance rate this year. We’re sending out symposium posters this week to all FCG members to post on campu!