Past Meetings and Notes

Please contact one of the officers to volunteer to present at a meeting.


  • Oct 28th: Dr. Laura M. Rey : Setting yourself up for searching success: organizing your research before you begin
  • Oct 5th: Dr. Yasha Hartberg Clement: Personal Knowledge Management for Academics Presentation
  • Jun 3rd: Dr. Tracy Clement (TAMU), Dr. Weihsueh A Chiu (TAMU), and Dr. Chi-Chun (Andy) Fang (Bio-Techne): Career Panel-Academia, industry, and beyond…
  • May 20th: Lisette Templin: Follow-up meeting on experiences on the breathing practice
  • May 6th: Lisette Templin: Meditation
  • March 30th: Dr. Melissa Kahl-KcDonagh, Dr. Jeffrey D. Cirillo, Dr. Sarah A. Hamer: COVID-19 research at TAMU (CVMBS PDA co-host with HSC PDA)
  • Mar 3rd: Dr. Nate Poling, Ms. Linzi Berkowitz, and Mr. Jaskirat Batra: Virtual and Hybrid Teaching-How to get the most out of virtual and hybrid teaching?
  • Jan 26th: Jennie L. Lamb: Visual Story Telling- Clear and effective communication through figures, infographics, and symbols. (CVMBS PDA co-host with CVMBS GSA)


  • Dec 18th: Dr. Barbara Gastel – Conveying Science to the Public
  • Nov 24th: Kristina DeLeGarza – Nourish your mental health: How to sustain your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Oct 30th: Marilyn Yeager – Elevator Pitches: How to briefly and concisely introduce yourself professionally
  • May 14th: Lisette Templin – Sheng Zhen Meditation.


  • February 19th:  Mr. Adam Starbuck (TAMU College of Architecture) – 3D printing and digital fabrication resources available through MakerPlace.
  • March 18th:  Mr. Chris Lunn (Client Support Specialist at Promega Corporation) – HiBiT CRISPR technology.
  • April 29th:  Drs. Mohammad Khattab (TAMU CVM PDA President) and Rachel Pilla (TAMU PDA  Vice President) – National Postdoctoral Association Meeting notes and tips.
  • May 15th:  Mrs. Lisette Templin (TAMU Wellness Works Instructor of Shen Zhen Qigong, Tai Chi) – Meditation and Mindfulness.


  • February 22nd:  Dr. Thompson (VLCS) – “I quit doing statistic and you can too.”
  • April 27th:  Dr. Graham Keith (Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) – Motivating teaching strategies
  • May 25th:  Drs. Ashley Gustafson Sebury (Program Manager, Research and Graduate Studies, TAMU CVM), Christina Papke (VP for Research Office, Division of Research, TAMU), and Jessica Bourquin (Assistant Director of Biosafety):  “The secret world of non-faculty careers in higher education.”
  • July 10th:  Dr. Christina Papke (VP for Research Office) – Grant writing: tips, tools, and resources.
  • September 28th:  Dr. Ra’sheedah Richardson (TAMU Center for Teaching Excellence) – How to design a lesson.
  • October 29th:  Dr. Mike Cristitiello (VTPB) – Mentor/Mentee Relationships.
  • December 21st:  Dr. Sarah Bankston (TAMU Libraries) – EndNote.


  • January 8th: discussion on Spring Research Symposium, Travel Award and Vendor Show
  • February 16th: Heather Moberly: ORCID
  • April 8th: discussion on open house
  • May 13th: Joe Cichocki: discussion on the convoluted grant application process; Sharmila Gosh: Advanced Developmental travel award
  • June 10th: Dr. Barbara Gastel: how to give and receive useful feedback
  • July 8th: Mo O’Brienl: shares with her trip to London, funded through CVM-PDA Advanced Developmental Training Award
  • August 22th: Lee-Jae (Jack) Guo: overview of resources for postdocs and Q&A session
  • September 30th: Amy Thompson from Career Center:how to make a good LinkedIn profile and network with professionals online
  • October 28th: Dr. Peter P Nghiem: CRISPR


  • February 12: Heather Moberly and Gail P. Clement from library services: Grey literature and Open Access
  • March 13th: Mark Mielke, Money Wise Aggie Coordinator from Scholarships & Financial Aid TAMU
  • September 11th: introduction on courses and services offered by Center for Teaching Excellence
  • October 9th: Heather Moberly, the Coordinator of Veterinary Services for the MSL
  • November 13th: CV writing
  • December 11th: Jim Izat from the Division of Research: grant writing


  • January 10: Dr. Barbara Gastel: Tips for oral and poster presentations ( Presentation)
  • February 14: ORCID-See TAMU Libraries page for more details
  • April 11: Dr. Gastel: Authorship: Who qualifies (Presentation)
  • May 9: Dr. Gastel: CV and Resumes (Presentation)
  • June 13: Congrats to our new officers!
  • July 11: Understanding your credit score
  • August 8: Q&A-Loans and purchasing a home
  • September 12: Q&A creating a financial plan (Docs?)
  • October 10: Grand Station bowling and Laser Tag social
  • November 14:Dr. Dominique T. Chlup from CEHD Writing Initiative
  • December 18: Employee Development Ofice – Microsoft Powerpoint “Virtually Speaking” Workshop


  • January 11, 2013 Merrideth Holub, One Health Program Coordinator at TAMU.
  • March 8, 2013: General meeting-Business events (Agenda)
  • May 10, 2013: Panel of Successful Grant Writers-DVMs and Post Docs.
  • June 14, 2013: General meeting-constitution approved
  • June 19, 2013: Dr. Barbara Gastel: Mini-writing etiquette workshop: Introduction, discussion and references.
  • July 12, 2013: General Meeting-Dr. Barbara Gastel: Writing in English as a Foreign Language
  • Dr. Barbara Gastel’s Mini Writing Workshop Presentations: Abstracts, Tables and Graphs, Methods and ResultsGrant Writing
  • August 9, 2013: General Meeting-Dr. Moseley (Zoetis): Tips for interviewing for industry jobs
  • September 13, 2013: Robin Sewell from MSL-EndNote tutorial
  • October 11, 2013: Meet and Greet!
  • November 8, 2013: Dr. David Threadgill: Whole Systems Genomic Initiative (WSGI).


  • February 13, 2012 General meeting (meeting minutes)
  • April 20, 2012 GSA/PDA Symposium
  • May 11, 2012 Presentation by Drs. Ruth Schemmer and Valerie Balester: Application packet, personal statement, and teaching philosophy. Dr. Schemmer’s handouts (CVTeaching Philosophy ArticlesAcademic Job Applications) and Dr. Balester’s handouts (Personal Statement and Teaching Philosophy)
  • June 8, 2012 Grant Writing Tips by Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary (handout: 1-pager)
  • July 13, 2012 Peer Review by Dr. Mark Westhusin (slides)
  • August 10, 2012 Recent experiences in the job quest by Drs. Ashlee Watts and Sarah and Gabe Hamer (Meeting minutes and handout)
  • September 14, 2012 Bridging the gap: Scientists and Clinicians in research by Drs. Weston Porter and Heather Wilson-Robles. (Meeting Minutes)
  • October 12, 2012 Alternative Career Paths. Dr. Samantha Wilson from the TAMU Career Center (Meeting minutes)
  • November 9, 2012 Representatives from the GTA: From the Lab Bench to the Classroom: how the Graduate Teaching Academy Can Help you. (Meeting Minutes)
  • December 14, 2012 Fran Ortiz discussed the details of veterinary licenses and animal research laws.