Pre-GREAT Workshops

Join us for 3 Pre-GREAT Workshops to help you prepare!


2019 Pre-GREAT Workshop 1: “How to Write an Abstract”

February 5, 2019, 12:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Click Here to view the workshop!

AD bio

Dr. Alix Darden  

 Alix G. Darden, Ph.D., M.Ed., is a Professor of Research, Department of Pediatrics, and is the Director of Faculty Development for the Pediatrics Department at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. Her background is in Immunology, PhD from Southwestern Graduate School, Dallas, TX, with a passion for quality science education and transformative student learning. Dr. Darden has been published and nationally 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, and 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 Director of The Academy. She received a MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, from University of Cincinnati in 2016.  At the national level, Dr. Darden is involved in the Academic Pediatrics Association’s Education Scholars Program as a faculty mentor and member of the curriculum committee. Her current research interests are in how to create effective and sustainable faculty development programs and factors that influence organizational culture change.


2019 Pre-GREAT Workshop 2: “Poster Presentation Skills”

February 12 , 2019, 12:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Click here to view the workshop!

Dr. Rebecka Bourn-SMALL

Dr. Rebecka Bourn


Rebecka Bourn, Ph.D., is a senior scientific writer at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Dr. Bourn earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. During her graduate studies, her mentor, Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani, taught her that the data always tells a story. This perspective became the basis for her career in science communication. After graduating, she founded a science communications business, where she worked with academic researchers, startups, and pharmaceutical companies to find and tell the stories in their data. Dr. Bourn has also helped write and revise several program grants that were funded in Oklahoma and many other states. Her role in these grants led to her interest in formal mentorship and training in science communication skills. Currently at OMRF, while being a senior scientific writer, Dr. Bourn also helps train junior investigators in science communication and coordinate a small team of writers that support scientists both at OMRF and OUHSC. 


2019 Pre-GREAT Workshop 2: “Flashtalk Skills”

February 19 , 2019, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Click here to view the workshop!

Dr Brenda Smith

Dr. Brenda Smith


Dr. Brenda Smith joined the Graduate College at Oklahoma State University in fall 2017. Her responsibilities include graduate student professional development programming; the International Teaching Assistant Program, College communications; and recruiting and orientation oversight. Dr. Smith is also a Regents Professor and holds the John and Sue Taylor Professorship in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on the effects of phytochemicals and exercise on bone health, inflammation, nutrition and aging, and the role of immune and antioxidant systems on bone biology.



2019 Pre-GREAT Workshop 3: “Oral Presentation Skills”

February 26, 2019, 1:00 pm, Bird Library Auditorium (LIB 299)

Click here to view the workshop!

Dr. Sanjay I. Bidichandani


 Sanjay I. Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD received his medical degree from University of Pune (India) and a PhD in Medical Genetics from Glasgow University (Scotland, UK). Following postdoctoral training at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he helped discover the gene for Friedreich ataxia, he established his lab at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is currently the CHF Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Genetics and David L. Boren Professor of Pediatrics. His research, which has been funded by NIH & MDA, is focused on the epigenetic defect in Friedreich ataxia. He has served as Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine, and Vice President for Research at the MDA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance, and on the Research Advisory Committee of the MDA. He has mentored several PhD students and postdoc fellows. He is a four-time recipient of the Aesculapian award for excellence in teaching, and in 2017 was named the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.