Career Center


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Friday, May 10, 2013
5:30pm - 8:30pm

5:30 - 6:15: Attendees Arrive, Welcome, Wine/Hors d'Oeuvres and Networking Opportunities

6:15 - 6:20: Congratulations from Senior Associate Dean, Dan Herschlag

6:20 - 6:55: Keynote address from Spencer Wells, PhD.

7:00 - 8:30: Dinner, Informal networking and closure



Cantor Arts Center

Cantor Arts Center
Main entrance, North Patio

328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305
Parking information




The Connecting Graduate Students and Alumni event is a celebration of the revamped graduate curriculum which aims to ensure that all students are empowered to find their career of choice, where they can have the greatest impact. Together with fellow alumni, faculty and staff, we will honor the training successes of 3rd to 5th year biosciences graduate students thus far, and encourage them to begin thinking of ways to build their careers now. By sharing this evening with us, our students will have the opportunity to discover the diverse career options available to them after graduation and explore potential fit within such options. We look forward to seeing you there!



Spencer Wells, PhD

Spencer Wells, PhD

Spencer Wells is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet. Wells received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has appeared in numerous documentary films and is the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry and Pandora's Seed. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, a filmmaker.



Catering by Jesse Cool

Passed Appetizers

Nasturtium - Goat Cheese Toasts
with Balsamic Beet Coulis (vegetarian)

Sonoma Pasture-Raised Rosemary Lamb Meatballs
Yogurt Mint and Cucumber Dipping Sauce (gluten free)

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail
Avocado, Cilantro, Creme Fraiche Horseradish Sauce (gluten free)

Apple Fennel Salad on Crispy Taro
Cider Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free)

Main Course

Slow Cooked Grass-fed Beef Short Ribs
Red Wine Au Jus

Organic Vegetable Gratin with Caramelized Fennel and Onions
Velvety Layers of Seasonal Organic Vegetables and Potatoes with Springhill Organic Smoked Cheddar Cheese (vegetarian, gluten free)

Side Dishes

Hand-made Ravioli with Artichoke and Ricotta Filling
Served on a bed of Organic Chard with Olive Oil and Fresh Herbs (vegetarian)

Organic Seasonal Vegetables
with herbs and olive oil (vegan, gluten free)

A Farmer's Salad of Local Organic Lettuces
Baby Lettuces and herbs, Edible Blossoms, Herbal Rice Wine Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free)

Organic Whole Grain Bread
Clover Organic Sweet Butter.


Mini Dessert Trio
Bite size desserts from our Organic Bakery:

Rose Petal Pound Cake
Lemon Basil Tarts
Dark Espresso Brownies

Organic Strawberries*** with Seasonal Whipped Cream
Brown Sugar Whipped Cream and Cream Fraiche ***(Only the strawberries will be vegan, gluten free)


Assorted organic and/or bottled beers
Organic red** and white wines
Sparkling mineral water, dispensed still water
Organic sodas
Coffee and Tea service

**Please note: Red Wine is not permitted inside the facility. Please enjoy your Red Wine during dinner on the Lawn.


Catering By

Jesse Ziff Cool

Jesse Cool

The creative force behind five unique restaurants, three of which she owns today, Jesse has also authored seven cookbooks, as well as numerous articles. She is a much sought after spokesperson, speaker, teacher and presenter. Jesse spends her free time in her community garden with her family, children and grandchildren.

CoolEatz Catering Co. offers the most innovative and delicious catering on the Peninsula. For over 25 years, we have been dedicated to using local, seasonal and organic ingredients. This commitment tuse only the finest ingredients brings integrity, as well as a depth, in flavor for which CoolEatz Catering Co. is well known throughout the Bay Area.

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Registration required by Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

PhD Graduate Students: Register here

Biomedical and Life Sciences Alumni: Register here

Unable tattend? Alumni can Join the Career Advisory Network (CAN), our new online networking tool.



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