Distinguished Alumni Speaker Program

A graduate degree can be a gateway to many exciting career paths. UO Graduate School alumni are doing amazing work—not just in higher education, but also in a variety of industries and organizations worldwide.

The Graduate School invites distinguished alumni back to the Eugene campus to showcase their experience and knowledge for the next generation of students.


Defining the Rules, Breaking Expectations, and Other Questionable Science Career Decisions

Brad Wilkins, PhD (Human Physiology)
Founder and Principal
W124° LLC

Date of Talk: Friday, January 25, 2019

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A Cognitive Psychologist in Computing

Vicki Hanson, PhD (Cognitive Psychology)
CEO
Association for Computing Machinery

Date of Talk: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Memory as Medicine: Reflections on History

Brett Walker, PhD (History)
Regents Professor of History
Montana State University

Date of Talk: Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Career Resilience—Translating Your Skills Beyond the Lab

Sarah Cheesman, PhD (Biology)
Developmental Director
Ophelia's Place

Date of Talk: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Making Media for Engaging Educational and Public Audiences

Dennis Liu, PhD (Biology)
Head of Educational Media and Executive Director
Tangled Banks Studios

Date of Talk: Thursday, May 11, 2017


Learning from Experiences: Focusing on Professional Development and Career Paths Outside of Academia

Fei Mao, PhD (Chemistry)
Chief Chemist/Founder
Biotium

Date of Talk: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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A Career in Water and Rivers: History, Law, and Policy

John Shurts, PhD (American History)
General Counsel
Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Date of Talk: Thursday, March 9, 2017

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Pathways to a Career in Global Public Health

William Hawley, PhD (Biology)
Entomology Branch Chief
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date of Talk: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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