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2023 National Labs Day

Date: Friday, April 21, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location: UC Merced Campus, Conference Center - Grand Ballroom

National Labs Day is a one-day conference that showcases research and career pathways available at the National Labs. It is both a mini-conference with research talks, and also professional development for our graduate students, postdocs and junior researchers. We have invited representatives from national labs to speak and serve on a panel: Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL), the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL), Jefferson Lab and National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).


National Labs Day Schedule

8:30 AM Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome Address: Hrant Hratchian, Vice Provost and Graduate Dean
9:10 AM Summarizing the day's schedule: Sayantani Ghosh, Associate Graduate Dean
9:20 AM Presentation: Tanja Woyke - Joint Genome Institute (JGI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
9:45 AM Presentation: Kristin Beck - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
10:10 AM Presentation: Nabin Raut – Jefferson Lab
10:35 AM Break
10:45 AM Presentation: Kirstin Alberi – National Renewable Energy Lab
11:10 AM Workshop: "Physics Investigation using Remarkable Sensors on Your Phone" David Rakestraw - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
12:00 PM Networking Lunch with Poster Session (Conference Center - Room 110)
1:30 PM Presentation: Rob Hovasapian - National Renewable Energy Lab
1:55 PM Presentation: Al Castelli - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
2:20 PM Break
2:30 PM                                              Panel Discussion: Rita Kuo, JBEI/ABF Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Luis Martinez, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; David Quint, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Eric Schwegler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
3:45 PM Closing Address 
4:00 PM Adjourn


Speaker Information:

Tanja Woyke, Joint Genome Institute (JGI) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kristin Beck, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nabin Raut, Jefferson Lab 

Kirstin Alberi, National Renewable Energy Lab

David Rakestraw, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Rob Hovasapian, National Renewable Energy Lab

Al Castelli, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 



Rita Kuo, JBEI/ABF Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Luis Martinez, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

David Quint, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Eric Schwegler, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory


Please contact the Graduate Resource Center for more information or questions about this event at