Previous Events

Here are some examples of previous Beyond120 workshops and events.

A Conversation with Kevin Gentzel, Gannett CRO
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for a conversation with Kevin Gentzel, UF English alumnus and Chief Revenue Officer for Gannett. Rather than a formal speech or presentation, Kevin with answer student questions and engage in conversation around the media industry, career pathways for students interested in working in media, translating liberal arts and sciences skill to the professional world, and anything else you’d like to ask him. Come and take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak directly to a successful industry executive and UF alumnus!

Exploring Internships Workshop
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (ET)

This virtual workshop introduced students to the basics of internships, provided an overview of available Beyond120 positions, and included a facilitated Q & A session with previous UF interns.

Undergraduate Research on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
April 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Jacob T. Watson

This student-led presentation and Q&A delves into fascinating historical research about newspaper coverage surrounding the so-called “Spanish” Flu of the early twentieth century. The presentation is part of a course-based research project in which students with no prior experience set out to formulate and answer an original research question using a digital newspaper archive. Presenters will be discussing their methods, findings, research process, and a variety of intriguing public health and pandemic history topics they investigated for their entirely student-run class blog. Attendees will also learn about the benefits and challenges of conducting work in an interdisciplinary research experience class.

This presentation will be given by students in Beyond120’s Advanced Research Experience class, currently open for Fall registration.

Translating Research Experience into Career Success
April 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Jacob T. Watson

Participating in research fosters transferable skills that will serve as assets in almost any career context. Whether you have already completed a research experience or are just starting out, it is never too early to start thinking about how to communicate the value of your research experience in ways that will catch the attention of potential employers and graduate institutions. This workshop focuses on how to successfully tell your undergraduate research story in interviews, cover letters, application essays, and other professional documents.

Q&A with Dr. Gemma Casadesus
April 19, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Jacob T. Watson

Dr. Casadesus recently joined UF’s Pharmacology department in the College of Medicine. Her work is focused on neuroendocrinological influences on age-related neuroplasticity loss and Alzheimer’s disease development. She has extensive experience mentoring and training undergraduates from her tenure at Case Western and Kent State. For Research Q&A events, attendees are given the opportunity to ask any questions they have regarding the guest’s advice for undergraduate researchers as well as the guest’s own research career and work.

This Q&A is a preview of Beyond120’s Intro to Research in the Liberal Arts and Sciences class, currently open for registration for Summer B and Fall.

Women in STEM Panel
April 13, 2021, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Dr. Tammy Davidson, UF Chemistry Department

Join us to hear from four UF alumni who have made significant impacts and achieved career success through STEM. Dr. Pascale Atallah, Kimberly Manhard, Jackie Pulley and Dr. Marilyn Black will share their stories, experiences, and perspectives as former gators, professionals, and women in STEM fields. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the panelists. This event will be moderated by Dr. Tammy Davidson from the UF Chemistry Department.

Research Graduate Workshop
April 1, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Are you interested in graduate school? Come check out our graduate school workshop where we will discuss how to apply, ask for letters of recommendation, and choose between programs. Our speakers Dr. Kishmar Best from the graduate school and Dr. Samesha Barnes, Director of the McNair Scholars program will provide you with the knowledge to apply to graduate school.

Global Health: Africa
January 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Global Health Africa Flyer (PDF, 280 KB)

Join Robin Petroze, MD MPH, and Elizabeth DeVos, MD MPH, for their “Journeys Traveled Speaker Series” discussion regarding their personal ‘journeys’ as physicians and their experiences evaluating barriers to care, pediatric surgery outcomes, and emergency care systems development and training in low- and middle-income countries.

Industry Insights Panel with Bristol Myers Squibb
February 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Industry Insights: Bristol Myers Squibb Flyer

This workshop will feature a panel of scientists from Bristol Myers Squibb who will be joining us to talk about the work they do to develop new medicines and what their journeys were like as students entering the biopharmaceutical industry with undergraduate degrees. Panel members will also discuss the experiences and opportunities that helped prepare them to begin their careers and how they have continued to be successful as drug product development scientists.

Communicating Professional Skills to Employers
February 8, 2021, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Ryan Braun

To be a competitive applicant for a job or internship, you must master a two-step process: 1) Identifying your technical and transferable skills, and 2) Articulating those skills to others. In this workshop we will go over the fundamentals of how to identify both your technical and transferable professional skills and how to convey them through three primary forms of professional communication: resumes, cover letters, and interviews. After this workshop you will have both a stronger sense of your skills and how to effectively communicate them in professional environments.

UF Alum in Medicine, Where are They Now?
February 17, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

A panel discussion with Dr. Felicia Jordan, MD, FACP; Dr. James Scott, MD, ABPN; and Andrea M. Trescot, MD, ABIPP, FIPP, CIPS.

Translating Language Skills into a Career
February 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Joseph Orser

Are you passionate about language but don’t know what to do about it? Learn how to turn your love of global languages into a career! The language services industry is always looking to fill positions in translation, interpreting, localization, teaching, and much more. This workshop will introduce you to available opportunities and how to land jobs in this fast-growing industry. Panelists include UF alumna and Association of Language Companies board member Kathleen Diamond and CEO of Certified Languages International Kristin Quinlan.

Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation Workshop
February 26, 2021, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Jacob T. Watson

The topic of this workshop is how to design effective posters for conference and symposium presentations. Students who hope to present a poster at this spring’s undergraduate symposium or another event can use this workshop as an opportunity to develop and refine their poster ideas and learn new design strategies.

How to Network in Today’s Evolving World
March 2, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Adam Grossman, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Selling Factory

Networking is more than small talk and schmoozing. When done thoughtfully and well, it builds a valuable network of mentors, support structures, and advocates to launchpad careers. Realizing the challenge of being in a remote world and as college students, this session will provide a step-by-step guide to make networking more intentional, authentic, and worthwhile.

Pre-Law Workshop
March 18, 2021, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Are you interested in law school and want to know different ways to ensure you will have a competitive law school application? Join us for this workshop that will allow you to hear from a pre-law advisor, who will share the core components of law school prep and share ways to become involved with pre-law organizations on campus. Additionally, this workshop will also have a panel of three current UF law students who will share their personal experiences, give helpful tips that benefitted them, and answer any questions you may have! So, make sure to come with questions and get ready to better prepare for law school!

Pre-Med Workshop
March 25, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn how to navigate your personal journey to medical school with an introductory presentation by Bobbi Knickerbocker, the director of UF’s PHPB and a pre-health advisor in the AAC. After hearing about the core competencies medical schools look for in students, stay for a panel with current medical students. They will share their personal journeys to medicine, showing that each person’s path is different. Bring your questions for this moderated discussion!

The Ability to Influence and Motivate Others
March 23, 2020
Michael Mignardi, Ph.D.


Global Engagement During A Pandemic
Joe Orser, Ph.D.


Transferrable Skills and Preparing for the Workplace
Phil Tenenbaum


Why Research?
June 24, 2021
Jacob Watson, Ph.D.


Searching for Virtual Internships
Brittany Grubbs-Hodges


Research During COVID-19
August 13, 2020
Jacob Watson, Ph.D.


Humanities Research and the Health Professions
September 23, 2020
Jacob Watson, Ph.D.


Models and Methods of Leadership
Bob Lloyd