Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard (MBSH) Bi-Weekly Newsletter

December 5, 2017

Sharing events, career opportunities, and your milestones with the MBSH community

Dear MBSH Community,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. Please take a look at some of the exciting opportunities taking place in the next couple of weeks, as the end of the Fall semester approaches, and during the winter break, in early January.

Join MBSH and our Harvard SACNAS chapter members for our Mental Health and Wellness Panel this week, on Thursday, December 7th from 6 to 8 PM in the Joseph B. Martin Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall. We also look forward to seeing you at the MBSH Holiday Gathering on Wednesday, December 13 from 6 to 8 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442.

It is always great to see many of you at our Bi-Weekly Coffee and Cookies Gatherings. Take a break from lab or studying and join us for our next coffee and Insomnia cookies” gathering on Monday, December 11 from 4 – 5 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442.

You can access our bi-weekly newsletter attached to this message, or on our MBSH website under the “EVENTS” section here.

As usual, please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of help. Our best wishes go out to those of you taking courses as we near the end of the Fall semester.


Sheila and Karina

Sheila Thomas, PhD                                                               Karina Gonzalez Herrera, PhD

Faculty Director of Diversity, DMS                                         Assistant Director of Diversity, DMS

Dean of Academic Programs and Diversity, GSAS




1. Special Announcements

2. Upcoming Events

3. MBSH Member Talks & Presentations

4. Career & Volunteer Opportunities

5. MBSH Member Accomplishments & Announcements




Spring MBTA T- Pass

Did you know that as a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS), you can purchase an MBTA semester pass with a 50% discount? The Spring MBTA T-Pass can be used starting January 1st and will expire on May 31st. Find more details to order your T pass here. The deadline to apply for a Spring T-Pass is December 10 at 11:59 PM.


Find seminars, workshops, and other opportunities to build professional skills during the winter break (January 8 – 19, 2018) through January@GSAS by visiting this website

Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas

Are you writing a manuscript or a dissertation? If so, consider signing up for the Writer’s Room or a Peer Review Group at the Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas. For more information visit this website or contact the Director of the GSAS Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas, Suzanne Smith, at smith03@fas.harvard.edu.  

The Biostatistics Student Consulting Center

The Biostatistics Student Consulting Center (BSCC) at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health is now open to Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) graduate students. Graduate students seeking help with statistics questions can receive FREE help from doctoral students in the Department of Biostatistics. Walk-in office hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 1:50 PM in the HSPH Building 2, Room 437F, or submit a one-on-one online inquiry here. For more information or if you have questions about this, please email: bscc@hsph.harvard.edu.

Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Interested in teaching? Would you like to develop your teaching skills? If so, take a look at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and consider participating in a fall seminar.

Child or Adult Care

For those of you who have to care for children and adults, GSAS is releasing a new benefit, Care.com, which will allow students to connect with subsidized backup care. For more details visit this website.

Thrive App

If you have not already done so, do not forget to check out the new mobile application for GSAS: Thrive@Harvard. You can download it from the App Store or Google Play. For more information on this or features available in this application, here.

Office of Career Services

Are you looking for a job? Would you like feedback on your CV, resume, or cover letter? The Office of Career Services (54 Dunster Street, Cambridge) has GSAS Drop-in Advising from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays to provide you with career advising and critiques of your cover letter, CV, and/or resume. Appointments are also available in the Longwood area (Kresge Building, Room G4, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston) on select Mondays. If you are interested in a Longwood appointment, sign up here.


Feel free to send any events you would like to see on the newsletter to Karina Gonzalez at knherrer@fas.harvard.edu.




Note: Events with asterisks (*) may be out of chronological order due to an upcoming deadline prior to the start of the event.

Dudley House Ski Trip*

LOCATION: Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Maine

DATES: January 12-15, or January 15-18

DETAILS: No plans for winter break yet? Interested in skiing? Join Dudley House on their annual ski trip! Tickets are now on sale until December 12th. There are two trips scheduled in January. The skiing package includes 3 days of ski lift passes, 3 90-minute ski/snowboarding clinics, 3 nights in a Sugarloaf slopeside condo, 3 days access to the fitness center/sauna/hot tubs, and round trip ride to Sugarloaf Ski Resort. The trips are open to graduate students and their guests. For more details, please send a message to outings@dudley.harvard.edu.  

REGISTER: Purchase your ticket(s) from the 3rd Floor of Dudley House. Cost of tickets is $445 (pay with cash or by check). The cost of rental equipment is an additional $24/day.

PRESENTED BY: Dudley House


 Tuesday, December 5

Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property 101

LOCATION: Tosteson Medical Education Center, TMEC 227, Harvard Medical School

TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

DETAILS: Join this workshop to learn about how technologies invented at academic research institutions or universities are developed into products and to learn more about patents and other forms of intellectual property. Dinner will be served.

RSVP: here.

PRESENTED BY: Harvard Biotechnolgoy Club

HGWISE Community Meeting and Dinner

LOCATION: Sherman Fairchild 268, 7 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

TIME: 6 – 7:30 PM

DETAILS: Join HGWISE for a discussion about the upcoming events. Come to share your opinions and thoughts about possible events. Everyone is welcome and dinner will be provided.

PRESENTED BY: Harvard Graduate Women In Science and Engineering (HGWISE)


Wednesday, December 6

Demystifying the Chalk Talk: Q&A with Physics Professor Chris Stubbs

LOCATION: Jefferson 250, Department of Physics, Cambridge

TIME: 1 – 2 PM

DETAILS: Chalk talks are required of most candidates for faculty positions in the sciences. Professor Stubbs will discuss this component of the search process and review the goal of the chalk talk as he discusses what departments look for during a chalk talk. Attendance to this workshop will provide information about how to prepare for a chalk talk and additional important points to consider during a chalk talk.

SIGN UP: here.

Running for Office Panel & Q+A Networking

LOCATION: Cannon Room, Building C, Harvard Medical School

TIME: 5 – 6 PM

DETAILS: Interested in learning about what it takes to run for public office and campaigning? Join Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group and 314 Action to hear from two scientists who have run for office. Food and drinks will be available.

RSVP: here.

PRESENTED BY: GSAS Science Policy Group

Boston Area Women of Color in the Academy Soirée

LOCATION: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


DETAILS: Join us for an opportunity to meet and network with women of color in the academy. More details about this event will be available soon.

HOSTED BY: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Thursday, December 7

Learning to Reason About Complexity in Thinking about Life on Planet Earth

LOCATION: Tosteson Medical Education Center, TMEC 128, Harvard Medical School

TIME: 1 – 2 PM

DETAILS: Attend this session as part of the Graduate Science Education Series to hear from Tina Grotzer, Ed.D. Principal Research Scientist in Education, Project Zero and Faculty of Education at Harvard University.


PRESENTED BY: The HMS Curriculum Fellows

Mental Health & Wellness Panel

LOCATION: Joseph B. Martin Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, Longwood

TIME: 6 – 8 PM

DETAILS: Join SACNAS and MBSH for a peer-led discussion focused on maintaining mental health and wellness throughout the PhD training.

RSVP: here.



Friday, December 8

Coffee Hour with Professor Martha Bulyk

LOCATION: Countway 503, Ballard Room, HMS, Boston

TIME: 3 – 4 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a conversation with Dr. Martha Bulyk, Professor in the Division of Genetics in the Department of Medicine at Harvard, about her career path and her research focused on transcription factors. Coffee and pastries will be available.

RSVP: here.


W. E. B. Du Bois Society Hacks: Residential Positions

LOCATION: Dudley House Fireside Lounge (1st Floor), Harvard Yard, Cambridge

TIME: 4:30 – 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Join this session to hear tips on how to prepare a successful application and prepare for an interview for a position in residential life, from current and past resident advisors, tutors, and proctors.

PRESENTED BY: W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society 

W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society Coffee and Kahlúa

LOCATION: Dudley House, Fireside Lounge (1st Floor), Harvard Yard, Cambridge

TIME: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

DETAILS: Join the W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society for the final Wind Down of the semester and the annual Coffee and Kahlúa event. Beverages and winter treats will be provided to celebrate the holiday season.

PRESENTED BY: W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society

BGSO Holiday Cocktail Party

LOCATION: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School


DETAILS: Join BGSO to celebrate the holiday season with a cocktail party. Please make sure to RSVP here.



Tuesday, December 12

Coffee Hour with Professor Cassandra Extavour

LOCATION: Northwest 353, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

TIME: 1 – 2 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a conversation with Dr. Cassandra Extavour, Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, about her career path and perspective on women in academia. Dinner will be provided. All GSAS members are welcome to attend

RSVP: here.



Thursday, December 14

President’s Innovation Challenge Information Session

LOCATION: TMEC 227, Longwood Medical Area

TIME: 12 – 1 PM

DETAILS: The Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge is for Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows to focus on pressing issues in the world and to use their ideas and turn them into real-world ventures. The prize can be up to $75,000 in one of three categories. The deadline to apply for the challenge is January 2nd, 2018! For more information about the challenge, please visit this website.

REGISTER: here (FREE).  


Gingerbread House Making & Cookie Decorating

LOCATION: Joseph B. Martin Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard Medical School

TIME: 4:30 – 6 PM

DETAILS: Join HGWISE to celebrate the holiday season and decorate cookies.

RSVP: here.


Landry Cancer Biology Grad Student Holiday Party!

LOCATION: Countway Library, Minot Room (Longwood area)

TIME: 5 – 7:30 PM

DETAILS: Join the Cancer Biology graduate students to celebrate the holiday season. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

PRESENTED BY: Landry Cancer Biology

Friday, December 15

Harvard Women In Chemistry (HWIC) Lunch with Dr. Joanne Kamens

LOCATION: Division Room, 1st Floor, Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge


DETAILS: Join HWIC for lunch and a discussion with Dr. Joanne Kames, Executive Director of Addgene. Dr. Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard and has worked in biotechnology for many years. Dr. Kamens is also the founder of the Massachusetts chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and has published various Comments and Opinions pieces in Nature, in regards to women in science and career coaching. Attend to hear about Dr. Kamens’ career trajectory.

RSVP: here.


Tuesday – Friday, January 16-19

Common Purpose Global Leader Experience (GLE)

LOCATION: Harvard (details upon application)

TIME: 8:30 – 5:30 PM every day (attendance at all sessions is required)

DETAILS: The GLE is an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and network to lead change. As part of GLE, students will tackle issues facing business, governments, and society today. This event is free to students at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, and Tufts University. For more information, please visit this website.

CONTACT: Please address questions to Katie.mcevoy@commonpurpose.org

APPLY: here.

DEADLINE: January 3, 2018.

Thursday – Saturday, March 1-3, 2018

Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 16th Annual Alumni of Color Conference

LOCATION: Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)

DETAILS: Every year HGSE students organize a conference with the goal to inspire and transform education by inviting scholars, educators, policymakers, and others concerned with issues of race, class, and education. Please visit this website for more information about the conference.


Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7

The 14th Biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

LOCATION: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

TIME: Friday, April 6th, 6 – 9:15 PM and Saturday, April 7th, 7:45 AM – 6 PM

DETAILS: The Biomedical Science Careers Conference is open to postdocs (research and clinical), dental, medical, graduate, post-baccalaureate, college, and community college students, as well as high school juniors and seniors belonging to underrepresented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino(a), or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows). The conference is an excellent opportunity to network and learn about preparing for the next steps in multiple career paths, as well to hear about summer internships and funding opportunities. There is no fee to register for the program, but pre-registration is required. The pre-registration application deadline is February 5, 2018. To request an application, send an e-mail to Lise D. Kaye at lise_kaye@hms.harvard.edu, and include your academic level and preferred postal mailing address.

SPONSORED BY: Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP)

Sunday, April 8

2018 New England Science Symposium (NESS)

LOCATION: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

TIME: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) invite you to submit an abstract for the seventeenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS). The deadline to submit is January 4, 2018. There is no registration fee for this symposium, but pre-registration is required. To submit abstracts or to register visit: http://www.NewEnglandScienceSymposium.org. AUDIENCE: Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American/Alaska Native individuals). NESS is an excellent opportunity for students to network with professionals from academic institutions, the National Institutes of Health, and biotechnology companies. For more information, CONTACT: Rodolfo Ramos by phone at 617-432-5580, or by e-mail at Rodolfo_ramos@hms.harvard.edu.



Please come and show your support!


Congratulations to our colleague and friend, Dr. Flavian Brown, for a successful dissertation defense last Friday!



Description summaries are shown for the “NEW” postings. For details regarding older postings, please correspond with the contact listed.




1. Outreach Scientist at Addgene

ELIGIBILITY: A candidate must have a PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or a related field, and must have an understanding of plasmid design and cloning. Candidates should have strong written and oral communication skills, as well as excellent organization, networking, and interpersonal skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Addgene is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to better serve the research community by increasing awareness of Addgene and helping to educate the scientific community about potential partnerships at universities and conferences. For more information, please visit this website.

CONTACT: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@addgene.org.

MBSH POST DATE: 11/09/2017

2. Integrated Science Curriculum Leader, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

ELIGIBILITY: An applicant must have earned a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, or a closely related field. In addition, candidates should have experience teaching at the undergraduate level.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Virginia Tech is offering a non-tenure track faculty position for a candidate to focus on its Integrated Science Curriculum starting in the Fall of 2018. The position is for a 3-year appointment with possibility of a multi-year renewal based on successful review. The candidate must be passionate about teaching undergraduate students and will make contributions to instruction, curriculum enhancement. In addition, the successful candidate will work closely with students and participate in professional conferences. Submit applications online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy that describes previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups.

CONTACT: Professor Michel Pleimling, Integrated Science Curriculum Faculty Search Committee Chair at pleim@vt.edu for questions about the position.

MBSH POST DATE: 11/09/2017

3. Adjunct Faculty – Microbiology Laboratory, MCPHS University

LOCATION: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Boston, MA

ELIGIBILITY: An MS, ABD, or PhD in biology, molecular biology, cell biology, or related field, and a minimum of one year of teaching college level teaching biology laboratories.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The MCPHS School of Arts and Sciences is looking for an adjunct faculty to teach one of more Microbiology laboratory sections for Spring 2018.

CONTACT: For more information, please visit this website.

MBSH POST DATE: 11/09/2017 

4. Senior Data Curator at 4D Nucleome Network

LOCATION: Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School

ELIGIBILITY: Must be a biologist or bioinformatician by training and must be able to write some code. The position requires collaboration with biologists to help scientists understand their data.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The candidate in this position will be responsible for ensuring that data generated by the 4DN Network is accessible, re-usable, findable, and interoperable. The candidate will work with the curation team to develop standards to describing new data sets. For more information, visit this website.   

CONTACT: Please send a cover letter and CV to burak_alver@hms.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 10/25/2017

5. Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at 4D Nucleome Network

LOCATION: Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School

ELIGIBILITY: Must be a computational biologist with a PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or a related field, interested in developing novel tools and interacting with external tool developers.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Will be in charge of developing new bioinformatics tools and evaluating previous tools. The candidate will also contribute to the efforts with software development. For more information, visit this website.

CONTACT: Please send a cover letter and CV to burak_alver@hms.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 10/25/2017

6. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Scientific Editor Position

DETAILS: If you are a student interested in science communication, this could be a good opportunity for you. If interested submit an application to the contact person.

CONTACT: For more details about this position, please contact Elizabeth McKenna at Elizabeth.mckenna@aacr.org.  


MBSH POST DATE: 10/05/2017




For graduate students, be on the lookout for various fellowship opportunities open now. Some of the fellowships to consider include:

·       Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Deadline: December 7, 2017

·       NIH Predoctoral Fellowship, Multiple deadlines: upcoming deadline: December 8, 2017

·       Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Deadline: December 14, 2017

·       HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, Deadline: January 10, 2018

·       Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) National Fellowship Program: January 12, 2018 (see    

        details below)

·       DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

·       HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study, Deadline: February 1, 2018

1. GWIS National Fellowship Program

ELIGIBILITY: This fellowship is for women who have a Bachelor’s degree and are conducting research in a STEM field. Previous fellowship winners include graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career faculty. U.S. citizenship is not required.

DETAILS: The GWIS National Fellowship Program awards a maximum of $10,000 to women in a STEM field. More information about the fellowship can be found here. To learn tips for preparing a successful application for the fellowship, sign up for a free online seminar on Tuesday, December 5th here.

CONTACT: Direct questions about the fellowship to fellowships@gwis.org

DEADLINE: January 12, 018

MBSH POST DATE: 11/05/2017 (NEW)


For students graduating soon, take a look at the following fellowships:

1. UCSD IRACDA Scholars Postdoctoral Program

LOCATION: San Diego, California

ELIGIBILITY: Must have a PhD.

DETAILS: The program provides a 3 year mentored post-doctoral training in biomedical research. In addition, the training includes scientific teaching principles, educational pedagogy, and development of critical academic skills. Candidates with disabilities or belonging to an underrepresented group are encouraged to apply. To apply, visit this website.

CONTACT: For more information, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Stacy Ochoa at ofc-iracda-sd@ucsd.edu.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

MBSH POST DATE: 10/25/2017




1. Aid for Puerto Rico – Science

The Ciencia Puerto Rico team has created a registration form to coordinate and share information about aid to students and scientists in Puerto Rico and other areas affected by Hurricane Maria. Click here to visit the website for more information. Please email Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina with any questions or concerns.

2. Seeking mentors, teachers, or leaders for Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

HPREP is an outreach program to recruit high school students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds into science, medicine, and public health careers. The program is hosted by Harvard and is organized and planned by graduate or medical students. The program takes place on 10 Saturdays from November to February in the Longwood Campus. If you are interested in helping to run the program, lead a session, or mentor a student, please send an email to hprep@hms.harvard.edu or visit  this website for additional information. If you are interested in being a mentor, the sessions will take place on: Nov. 4, 2017 (10am-4pm – MANDATORY orientation), Nov. 11, 2017 (2-4pm), Nov. 18 , 2017 (2-4pm), Dec. 9, 2017 (2-4pm), Jan. 6, 2018 (2-4pm), Jan. 13, 2018 (2-4pm), Jan. 20, 2018 (2-4pm), Jan. 27, 2018 (2-4pm), Feb. 3, 2018 (2-4pm – back-up day in case of snow), Feb. 10 (10am-4pm – Closing Ceremony, mentors are highly encourage to attend their student’s final presentation). If interested in mentoring, please complete this form

3. Skype a Scientist Project

This project provides an opportunity for K-12 students throughout the world to meet and talk to a scientist for 30-60 minutes over video in their classrooms. For more information about this project, please visit this website.




1. Science in the News (SITN) has open positions for anyone interested. The positions available are: Science by the Pint Moderator, Podcast Correspondent, DayCon Committee, Fall Lecture Series Operations, Graphics Editors, and Treasurer. For more information, or if interested, email sitnboston@gmail.com.

2. The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) is a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in middle and high-school students. In addition, JEI works with students to help them turn their science projects into scientific manuscripts that can be published in the journal. JEI is run by Harvard graduate students, so if you are interested in participating as a reviewer, editor,  or other roles, please visit this website, or send an email to editor@emerginginvestigators.org

3. The Harvard Biotechnology Club (HBC) is a student organization with the goal of providing educational services to allow its members to learn about business and technology. HBC aims to build relationships with biotechnology and healthcare companies. If you are interested in becoming a member, visit this website to join their mailing list.  

Stay tuned for additional upcoming career & volunteer opportunities! 


If you know of any volunteer opportunities that you would like to share, please submit the title, date, and contact person to the editor: Karina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).


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We are happy to hear from you and share your achievements with our community. Please submit your accomplishments and announcements (publications, grants, graduation, qualifying exam completions, promotions, births, marriages, birthdays, etc.) to the editor: Karina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).


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