2022 Pre-Conference Workshop

We can’t wait for the conference to begin so we’re sharing an exciting opportunity early! Our pre-conference workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. EDT. All registered attendees will receive an email with information on how to access this exclusive workshop prior to the conference.

Thriving in Graduate School

The journey to the PhD can be challenging, nevertheless, you can not only survive, but thrive. We want you to move confidently into a graduate program and find supportive people and programs that will mentor, guide and support you.  The community you find and build throughout graduate school are very important. In this workshop, you will hear from faculty, staff and alumna that have earned their PhD at UB. They will share their personal stories as well as talk about things to do to set yourself up for success. We want to equip you with the knowledge and resources necessary to get inspired for your graduate career.

Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong, PhD

Dr. Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong.

Postdoctoral fellow, Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT).

Gloria is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) under the NIH-supported Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT). Gloria has a Ph.D. in Community Health and Health Behavior from the University at Buffalo, a master's degree in international studies, and a Master of Public Health from Ohio University, Athens. Her program of research focuses on HIV/AIDS (pre-exposure prophylaxis), global health, mixed methods research, the use of technology in research, sexual and reproductive health, and African immigrants and refugee health. Gloria's work has appeared in reputable journals such as AIDS Patient Care and STDS, AIDS Education and Prevention, and Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

Kevin Burke, PhD

Kevin Burke.

Associate professor, University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Deputy director, Energy Systems Integration Laboratory

PhD in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Burke received the CSTEP Research Mentor of the Year Award and has been very involved in mentoring undergraduates in the McNair, CSTEP and LSAMP programs. He will discuss how you can build strong relationships with faculty and find supportive communities.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

Richard Linares, PhD

Richard Linares.

Assistant professor, MIT

PhD in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Dr. Linares will share strategies, from the faculty perspective, on what graduate students can do to thrive in a doctoral program.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

Andrea Obah

Andrea Obah.

Psy.D student, Counseilng Psychology, Carlow University

Andrea Obah is a doctoral candidate pursuing a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at UB Counseling Services, where she works with students to help improve their psychological well-being. Throughout graduate school, Andrea has provided therapy services to individuals in other clinical settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics.

Previously, she has served as an adjunct instructor within Carlow University’s Criminology Department. Additionally, she has worked with a local non-profit organization to help lower income families obtain quality educational and vocational opportunities. In non-profit and community settings, Andrea has engaged with diverse populations of all ages, including survivors of intimate partner violence, people who have been incarcerated, and individuals belonging to sexual and gender minority groups. After finishing her doctoral degree this August, Andrea will continue serving college students as a staff psychologist at Towson University in Maryland.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

Rasheen Powell, PhD

Rasheen Powell.

Postdoctoral fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Powell’s current research focuses on the neurobiology of pain. He will discuss the transition from the PhD to the postdoc and how he found community and support.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School