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Career Day, Etiquette Dinner give students taste of life after College of Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars learned about career options in the biomedical sciences and public health through a series of educational and networking events in Hershey.

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From left are Erika Dahl, Career Day co-chair; Michael True, facilitator and president of INTRUEITION; and Angela Snyder, Career Day co-chair, during the Graduate Education Etiquette Dinner on Oct. 18, 2019.

Career Services and the Office of Graduate Education hosted an etiquette dinner Oct. 18, 2019. The event featured an opportunity for students and postdocs to network with 22 alumni and other professionals while enjoying a three-course meal. Michael True, president of INTRUEITION, served as the facilitator and shared tips and strategies for effectively networking in dining settings.

At the 10th biennial Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Day on Oct. 19, 94 students and postdocs explored a variety of career options. The Career Day co-chairs, PhD candidates Erika Dahl and Angela Snyder, organized the event with guidance from Career Services.

Forty-one panelists shared their career experiences in education, research, policy, communications, business and administration. Penn State alumni comprised nearly half of the panelists and represented the College of Medicine, University Park and Harrisburg.

College of Medicine employee and alumna Alicia Hoke participated as a panelist and discussed her work with Penn State PRO Wellness and the Staffing, Mentorship and Research Training (SMaRT) program.

The next Career Day is scheduled for October 2021. For details, contact Jessica Kirkwood at or 717-531-5467.

Learn more about other career-development programs for graduate students here.

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Larry Mylin, Penn State College of Medicine alumnus and professor of biology at Messiah College, second from left, discusses his experiences during the teaching intensive panel at Career Day on Oct. 19. Joining him were, from left, alumna Shannon Nowotarski, Cary Leung, and alumna Melissa Carroll. Kelly Leon, PhD candidate, served as moderator.

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