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Glaxo Scholars Attend GSK Women in Science Meeting

Dr. Ben Bahr  Katherine Rentschler Taylor Felton
From left to right: Dr. Ben Bahr, Katherine Rentschler, and Taylor Felton

Dr. Ben Bahr and two UNC Pembroke undergraduate researchers, Katherine Rentschler (Biology major) and Taylor Felton (Chemistry major), attended the exciting NC GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Foundation Women In Science Scholars Annual Meeting. The meeting was held on Friday, 3 March 2017, at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham.  The GSK Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary in North Carolina this year. 

As Glaxo Scholars, Katherine and Taylor (and their undergraduate research mentors) were invited to attend the annual meeting.  Katherine has been working in Dr. Bahr’s Alzheimer’s Disease Laboratory, and Taylor has been working in pharmaceutical research with Dr. Meredith Storms of the Chemistry Department.  Dr. Bahr holds joint appointments with the Departments of Biology and Chemistry & Physics.  Katherine and Taylor also receive mentored opportunities through the UNCP COMPASS Program.  The annual meeting is a student-centered event, providing Glaxo Scholars opportunity to interact with their GSK mentors and to learn about GSK employment opportunities, including opportunities abroad. 

The students and Dr. Bahr met incredible mentors.  Lauren Matise, PhD, MBA (Business Development Manager, Metabolic Pathways & Cardiovascular, Worldwide Business Development of GSK) was happy to pay it forward, and she shared how mentorship helped her career.  She offered to provide career direction and entrepreneurship/licensing.  Last fall, GSK appointed Emma Walmsley as chief executive, making her the first woman executive of a global pharmaceutical company.   Dr. Bahr is hoping to invite a GSK recruiter as well as one or two GSK mentors to speak at UNCP in the near future.

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