Grad Member Spotlight: Becky LaCroix

SWE spotlight pic_BeckyBecky LaCroix
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Yale University

Becky is a founding member of the Yale SWE section. She has served in many key roles including section outreach chair (2014-15), section vice president (2016-present) and co-director (2015-17) of Yale’s GradSWE Committee. In every role, Becky has led the Yale SWE section to grow sustainably through establishing lasting programs and leadership structure. Example programs include outreach programs with New Haven K-12 students several times per year, large annual Grad-oriented events such as a Gender Bias in STEM workshop, and collaborative events with other student groups such as Women in Science at Yale, STEMentors, and League of Black Scientists. Becky has a bright future in SWE.

During her time as vice president of Yale SWE, Becky led her team to apply for and receive several awards including the Outstanding New Section (silver level) and outreach awards at WE16 and the outstanding communications award at the 2017 Region F conference. For her research, Becky was recognized with an honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Congratulations, Becky, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am working towards my PhD in biomedical engineering and expect to graduate by the spring of 2019.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I study signaling pathways involved in cancer cell migration. Our lab has developed tools to tap into these pathways at specific locations in order to untangle potential feedback loops between different proteins. We hope that doing so will help us to better understand how cells make the decision to migrate in response to extracellular cues.

What do you want to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I really enjoy working with undergraduate students, so I’m considering a career in either teaching or academic administration.

What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and playing video games (the games in the Civilization series are my favorite). I’m also a member of the Yale Taekwondo Club!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have a pet freshwater snail that I keep on my desk at work. He cheers me up when my experiments aren’t working.

Penn State University Postdoc Positions

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Penn State University has partnered with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to provide postdoctoral positions within the Department of Defense. The Scholars Program is designed to bring the expertise of highly qualified recent Ph.D. graduates to bear on the challenging, but highly rewarding problem of combating and responding to weapons of mass destruction proliferation and use.  These are not lab or bench research positions, but rather an opportunity to research and develop grant topics,  manage grant activities, and sit on inter-agency councils and working groups. Come be on the other side of research: the policy side!! There are currently three open positions; all require US Citizenship to apply.

Life Sciences Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Candidates should have a strong research background and a Ph.D. in one or more of the biologically-oriented physical or computational sciences such as biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, environmental sciences, radiation biology, bioinformatics, or systems biology inter alia. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/71667 .

Network Sciences and Nuclear Effects Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, network engineering, or a related field. Preferred skills include computational and analytical modeling and simulation.

Proficiency in the following areas are of interest:  graph theoretical concepts, network analysis, HPC programming, PDE/ODE, optimization, NP computational complexity algorithms, queuing, transportation, routing. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/72130 .

Computational Mathematical Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar Position

The position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding the modeling of critical infrastructure networks. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, network engineering, or a related field. Preferred skills include computational and analytical modeling and simulation. Proficiency in the following areas are of interest: graph theoretical concepts, network analysis, HPC programming, PDE/ODE, optimization, NP computational complexity algorithms, queuing, transportation, routing. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/71300 .

LBNL Nanofabrication Fellowships

A number of industry employment positions are available at a semiconductor company located near Berkeley, in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in the fields of nano fabrication, nanocharacterization. The candidates will have research opportunities at the Lawrence Berkeley Molecular Foundry while working for industry.

A. Post-docs and PhD students
If you are a post-doc or a graduating PhD student with any Nanofabrication/Nanocharacterization/Synthesis (Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics,  Engineering) experience (clean room, deposition, AFM, SEM, TEM), and a US citizen/US Permanent resident please review this opportunity for a two year fellowship in industry: $75K/year plus health benefits. This is an NSF/ ASEE fellowship.
Contact: info@astrileux.com for more information
B. Masters and Undergraduate Students
B. If you are a graduating masters or undergraduate student (Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Engineering) with Nanofab/Nanocharacterization experience and seek a full time opportunity for one year as part of an exciting start-up company at LBNL please review this Applied Research Fellowship opportunity: ($40/yr-$60K/yr depending on experience) US. A $10K travel fellowship is also provided with the opportunity for attending research conferences. (US Citizen/US permanent resident)
Contact: info@astrileux.com for more information

PostDoc Opportunities through PathwaysToScience

PathwaysToScience.org has 167 different postdoc and early career opportunities posted on the site, including postdoctoral fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Browse the full list of opportunities here:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Postdocs_Postdoc+%26+Early+Career&submit=y&all=all

Or use our advanced search page to narrow your results:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv

We17 Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition – Applications Open!

Are you interested in attending We17? Apply for the Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition!

20 graduate student will be selected for travel stipend and award, 10 for the poster competition and 10 for the Rapid Fire talks.

Apply here:
http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/awards/collegiate-competitions

Deadline is June 15.