Pre-GREAT Workshops

  1. Join us for 4 Pre-GREAT Workshops to help you prepare!


2021 Pre-GREAT Workshop 1: “3-Minute Thesis / FlashTalk Skills”

 January 19, 2021, 1:00 pm, via Zoom (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

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Speaker: Dr. Brenda Smith

Regents Professor; John and Sue Taylor Endowed Professor

Associate Dean, Graduate College

Oklahoma State University

Dr. Smith, John and Sue Taylor Endowed Professor in Human Sciences, is a Regents Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and an Associate Dean in the Graduate College at Oklahoma State University. Her research has traditionally focused on understanding the mechanisms through which bioactive food components regulate interactions between the immune system and bone metabolism.  More recently, this work has examined how diet regulates the gut-bone axis.  Her research has been funded by grants from industry, OCAST, USDA, NASA and NIH.  Dr. Smith has been recognized as an outstanding mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students at the university and national level.  She has also received the Regents Distinguished Research Award and the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. Smith oversees student recruitment, admissions and the professional development program offered through the OSU Graduate College, which recently completed its seventh edition of the Three Minute Thesis competition.


2021 Pre-GREAT Workshop 2: “How to Write an Abstract”

January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm, via Zoom (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

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Speaker: Dr. Laura Beebe

Chair and Professor

Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Laura Beebe is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Beebe has more than 22 years of experience conducting tobacco-related research and evaluation.  She has served as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of Oklahoma’s tobacco control program for more than 18 years, including the evaluation of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and the state’s anti-tobacco health communications campaign.  Dr. Beebe has ongoing and completed research funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC.  She provides technical assistance and consultation to multiple state, local and tribal organizations for tobacco-related surveillance and evaluation activities. She has mentored numerous students and junior faculty, many of whom have gone on to receive NIH awards and have published and presented their work in prestigious national and international venues.


2021 Pre-GREAT Workshop 3: “Poster Presentation Skills”

February 2 , 2021, 1:00 pm, via Zoom (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)

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 Speaker: Dr. Bethany Hannafon

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Bethany Hannafon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine at Boston University, School of Medicine in Boston, MA.  She completed her first postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Cancer Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, and a second in the Department of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her laboratory’s research is focused on the role of extracellular vesicles/exosomes in promoting cancer progression, developing novel therapeutics to block exosome release that can be used to prevent cancer progression,  novel therapeutics and combinations to overcome therapeutic resistance, as well as the development of exosomes as biomarkers for breast and gynecologic cancers.


2021 Pre-GREAT Workshop 4: “Oral Presentation Skills”

February 9, 2021, 1:00 pm, via Zoom (CLICK HERE TO WATCH)


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Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani

CHF Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Genetics

David L. Boren Professor of Pediatrics

Section Chief of Pediatric Genetics

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Sanjay Bidichandani received his medical degree from University of Pune (India) and a PhD in Medical Genetics from Glasgow University (Scotland, UK). He completed his postdoctoral research training in neurogenetics at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also graduated from the Master Teacher Fellowship program. He then 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 and FARA, 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 Muscular Dystrophy Association (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 postdoctoral fellows. He is a four-time recipient of the Aesculapian award for excellence in teaching. He was presented the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award (2017), and the Dewayne Andrews MD Excellence in Teaching Award (2019) by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.