UGA Life Sciences Career Day, March 30

Hosted by the UGA Graduate School and Office of Research,
and sponsored in part by Merck.

Interested in learning more about non-academic careers in the Life Sciences?

Join us for UGA Life Sciences Career Day, a professional development conference for graduate students and post-doctoral associates in the life sciences and related fields. This program combines speakers, panels, small-group sessions and interactive workshops featuring professionals from industry, government and non-profit organizations.

March 30, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Education Annex, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Registration for Life Sciences Career Day is at capacity and now closed. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact

Registration: $25/Students & Postdocs; $35/UGA Faculty & Staff; $50/Non-UGA Participant


Full event program (pdf)

9:00 am – Registration, light refreshments

10:00 am – Welcome and Introductions by Karen Burg, UGA Vice President for Research

10:15 am – Keynote Fireside Chat: Looking Forward in Life Science Industry with Scott Nordstrom, DVM, Merck Animal Health

11:00 am – Panel: Exploring Careers in the Life Sciences

12:00 pm – Transition to lunchroom

12:15 pm – Table Talks: Informal networking with industry professionals over lunch

1:15 pm – Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • What next? Practical considerations and tools for your career search
  • Uncle Sam Wants You: opportunities for careers in government
  • Beyond the Bench: roles in industrial research and development

2:15 pm – Break

2:30 pm – Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • What next? Practical considerations and tools for your career search
  • Translation Station: careers in technology transfer, start-ups, and incubators
  • The Road Less Traveled: opportunities in regulatory, consulting, and non-profits

3:30 pm – Transition back for wrap-up

3:40 pm – Wrap-up and thank you by Ron Walcott, UGA Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

4:00 pm – Reception and networking

Logistics & Parking

Registration opens at 9:00 am, and a light breakfast will be available. Please note that the event starts promptly at 10:00 am. Please plan accordingly and arrive no later than 9:30am in order to get parked and registered prior to the first session.

The event will take place at the Education Annex, Veterinary Teaching Hospital 2200 College Station Road, Athens GA 30605. There is parking available at the event, however it is limited. Please note the following:

  • Please consider carpooling with other attendees.
  • Take advantage of campus transportation options – there is a bus that drops off at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Vet Med route, stop #1).
  • See this map for information on parking at the event venue. Please follow the signs and make sure to pick up a visitor’s pass from a volunteer prior to parking.
  • There is also overflow parking available nearby with a shuttle running back and forth.

Dress for the day is business casual.



Participating Organizations

Keynote Speaker

Scott Nordstrom, DVM
Director of Development and Innovation, US Livestock
Merck Animal Health

Scott Nordstrom, DVMDr. Scott Nordstrom specializes in immunology, vaccine research and development, as well as post-approval pharmaceutical and vaccine studies in cattle. He also provides training in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccinology, immunology and diagnostics. Dr. Nordstrom played principal roles in bringing numerous products to the US and Global cattle industry including Banamine® Transdermal and the Vista® vaccine line. He was also responsible for bringing numerous intranasal vaccines to market in the cattle industry Including Nasalgen 3PMH.  After practicing dairy and equine medicine privately for ten years, he joined Merck Animal Health Cattle Technical Services in 2001.  He Served for 14 Years as the Director of Technical Services and is currently the Director of Development and Innovation, US Livestock, Merck Animal Health.

Full list of speakers

This event is designed to help graduate students and postdocs explore the diverse professional opportunities within the Life Sciences Sector. The program includes opportunities to listen, learn, gain practical tips and skills, and network with industry professionals.

Attendees will engage with professionals from a range of backgrounds and careers, such as pharmaceutical and animal health research, medical device product development, biotechnology, clinical affairs and medical science liaison, science communication, technology transfer and intellectual property management, regulatory affairs, consulting, and business development.


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