LA-SiGMA 2012 Graduate Student Retreat and Lecture

Peter J Feibelman

In July 2012, graduate students, undergrads and postdoctoral researchers from Tulane, Xavier, UNO, LSU, LA Tech and Southern University in Baton Rouge participated in events as part of a National Science Foundation EPSCoR, LA-SiGMA grant.

More than 70 participants, including Tulane faculty and staff attended a morning lecture organized and hosted by Lawrence Pratt, lead investigator featuring physicist and author, Peter Feibelman (R), entitled “Junior Scientist Survival Training.”

Wei Zhang


During an afternoon graduate student retreat organized by Wei Zhang (L), students had an opportunity to present their research in an “elevator talk” type competition. They had a visit from a representative of Tulane Career Services and spent time planning the next retreat.

Zhang is a doctoral student in Pratt’s laboratory and president of the Tulane CBE Graduate Student Association.

Michael Bennisan

Michael Benissan (R) and Oneka Cummings (not shown), two participants in the elevator talks, were chosen by raffle to receive a copy of Feibelman's book, “A PHD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science.”

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