Graduate College

Pre-GREAT Workshops

Poster Presentation Skills

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 19, 2015, 12pm - 1pm

Poster Template

Poster Presentation Handout

GREAT Poster Instructions

Mediasite Link

Location: OKC Bird Library Auditorium, Room 299

Melissa Medina, Ed.D
Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation

Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Director, Preparing Future Faculty Program


Dr. Melissa Medina is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation and an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy.  She also serves as the Director of Preparing Future Faculty for the University of Oklahoma Graduate College.  Dr. Medina earned her bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and master’s and doctorate degree in educational psychology from Rutgers University in New Jersey. 

Dr. Medina joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in August 2000 and directs and coordinates several teaching methods courses and teaching certificate programs for faculty, residents, and graduate and professional students nationally, across campus, and within the College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Medina has delivered over 90 teaching-related presentations, workshops, and retreats locally and nationally for faculty and students and written over 30 peer-reviewed articles related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.  She served as the 2013 Chair for the CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) Outcomes Revision Committee.


Dr. Medina has received the University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Assessment Award, the AACP Teaching Innovation Award, 6 teaching awards at the OUHSC College of Pharmacy, including Teacher of the Year in 2005, and received the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education dissertation proposal award.



How To Write An Abstract:

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12pm - 1pm


Mediasite Link

Location: OKC Bird Library Auditorium, Room 299


Alix Darden Ph.D.
Research Professor of Pediatrics

Director of Faculty Development for Pediatrics Department

OUHSC College of Medicine

Alix G. Darden, Ph.D. is a Research Professor of Pediatrics and is the Director of Faculty Development for the Pediatrics Department at OUHSC. Her background is in bench top science (Immunology) with a passion for quality science education and transformative student learning and has been published and funded in both areas. She was able to indulge those passions at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, from 1995-2008 as a member of the Biology faculty where she guided undergraduate and graduate students through the research process.  As a Carnegie Scholar in 2000-2001 she was introduced to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Applying and integrating her passions and skills in the areas of Biology and SoTL netted her a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to integrate her bench research on opsin gene regulation into her classes, as well as a national teaching award, the 2008 CASE US Professors of the Year, South Carolina Professor of the Year.  Since arriving at OUHSC in 2009, she has been involved in the development of the College of Medicine’s Academy of Teaching Scholars and serves as Chair, Faculty Development Committee.  She is one semester from a MEd in Medical Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati.  Her current research interests are in creating effective and sustainable faculty development and factors that influence organizational culture change. 



Oral Presentation Skills:

Date/Time: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12pm - 1pm


Location: OKC Bird Library Auditorium, Room 299

Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, Ph.D.

CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Genetics
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
OUHSC College of Medicine



Sanjay Bidichandani received his medical degree from the University of Pune (India) and a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK). Following postdoctoral fellowship training at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), where he was part of the group that discovered the gene for Friedreich ataxia, he established his research lab at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is currently the CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair of Pediatric Medical Genetics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. His research over the past 15 years, funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and MDA, has been focused on characterizing the genetic and epigenetic defect in Friedreich ataxia. For two years (2011-2012) he served as the Vice President for Research at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He has also served on the Medical Advisory Committee of the MDA, and as the Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Review Committee of the Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance. He has mentored several PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and has received many teaching and research awards.