October 20, 2016

Sharing eventscareer opportunitiesand your milestones with the MBSH community



Dear MBSH Community,


We hope you are all doing well. It was great to see some of you at the MBSH Fellowship Seminar a couple of weeks ago! The deadline for some of the fellowships is quickly approaching. Below are the deadlines for some of the fellowships due soon:


October 24, 2016 – National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship

October 28, 2016 – Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award

November 1, 2016 – The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

November 10, 2016 – Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

November 15, 2016 – GEM Ph.D. Science Fellowship

November 17, 2016 – Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship


If you have not already met with Dr. Cynthia Verba, Director of Fellowships, please make sure to schedule an appointment with her to receive some feedback on your fellowship application. Dr. Verba has expertise on fellowships and can provide you with excellent advice. Please send her an e-mail at cverba@fas.harvard.edu


We hope you can join us at our upcoming MBSH panel discussion on how to make the most out of your graduate school experience on November 2nd (see details below).


We are pleased to announce that our first “coffee and cookies” gathering will take place on Monday, October 24 from 4 – 5 PM at the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442. Take a break from lab or studying and join Dr. Sheila Thomas and Dr. Karina Gonzalez every other Monday for office hours and some refreshments!


Feel free to send any events you would like to see on the newsletter to the Assistant Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs in DMS, Karina Gonzalez at knherrer@fas.harvard.edu. Feel free to visit her in the GSAS office suite on the Cambridge campus (Smith Campus Center Suite 350, 1350 MassAveor TMEC 335.



Sheila and Karina


Sheila ThomasPhD                                                               Karina Gonzalez HerreraPhD

Faculty Director of DiversityDMS                                         Assistant Director of DiversityDMS

AssocDean of Academic Programs and DiversityGSAS






Do not forget to check out Harvard Horizons! The deadline to apply has been extended to October 21st! This professional development program is designed for PhD candidates to receivepersonalized coaching and mentoring to enhance their oral presentation skillsMore information on this exciting program is available here. Click here for an application.


If you are a DMS graduate student and have children, applications for the 2016/17 Childcare Assistance Scholarship are now open and are due on Friday, October 28th. Student is awarded to eligible graduate students based on need as determined by the program criteria. Please e-mail Jane Riccardi at Jane_Riccardi@hms.harvard.edu to receive an application.


Do you want to refine your written and oral communication skills? Make sure to check out The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas! All graduate students are welcome to visit the Writing Center to polish academic papers, presentations, and dissertations. To schedule individual consultations, or participate in peer workshops or tutoring, please send an e-mail to the Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Suzanne Smith at smith03@fas.harvard.edu. Join us for a reception and a conversation at our Writer’s Night with Dr. Duncan White on Thursday, October 27 at 6 PM in the Graduate Student Lounge in Dudley House (2nd floor), Harvard Yard, Cambridge. Dr. White is a lecturer on Literature and History, and he will reflect on his experiences writing for a larger public and for an academic readership. 


Join us for MBSH Soccer WednesdaysJoin the Longwood Pickup Soccer League at Brookline Avenue Playground from 5:30 to 6:30 pm every Wednesday and meet new friends while playingsoccerThe next soccer event will be held next Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Emailavalencia@g.harvard.edu to be added to the listserv for Soccer Wednesdays.


If you have not already done sodo not forget to check out the new mobile application for GSASThrive@Harvard. You can download it from the App Store or Google PlayFor more informationon this or features available in this applicationclick here.






Thursday, October 20


Networking 101

LOCATION: Dudley House, Graduate Student Lounge (Cambridge)

TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Come to improve your networking skills. Learn how to best communicate with employers in person and via email. Learn about approaches from other graduate students.

REGISTER via Crimson Careers here.


Robert Weinberg Seminar: “Malignant Progression of Carcinomas”

LOCATION: Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, Boston Children’s Hospital (Longwood)

TIME: 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Dr. Robert Weinberg, a member of the Whitehead Institute, Director of the MIT Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology, and a Professor of Biology at MIT will give a seminar focused on the malignant progression of carcinomas.


Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) Graduate Consortium Information Session and Reception

LOCATION: 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, 3rd Floor, Climate Change Exhibit Area Room 310

TIME: 5:30 -7:00 PM

DETAILS: Join members of the Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) for an information session and a reception to learn more about the program. The MSI is a consortium of students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty interested in microbial science research. The event is an opportunity to meet current and prospective members of the graduate consortium. To learn more about MSI please visit the MSI website here!  

RSVP to Michelle Goldberg at magoldberg@fas.harvard.edu


Cancer Biology Faculty – Student Social

LOCATION: Squealing Pig, 134 Smith Street

TIME: 5:30 – ~7:00 PM

DETAILS: Join the monthly faculty-student social. Come and enjoy the camaraderie and conversation with Dr. David Frank. Food and drinks are provided by the Cancer Biology program.

PRESENTED BY: The Cancer Biology Program at Harvard



Friday, October 21


Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers

LOCATION: Office of Career Services, 54 Dunster St., Cambridge

TIME: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Come to learn about what you should look for in a compensation package and how to negotiate with confidence.

REGISTER via Crimson Careers here.



FridayOctober 21 – Saturday, October 22


John B. Little Symposium XIX – 2016

LOCATIONHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

TIME: October 21: 1 – 6:30PM; October 22: 9 – 4:45PM

DETAILSJoin us for the John B. Little Symposium focused on “Using Innovative Approaches in Stress Response Research.” Visit our website for more information on the symposium and speakers. Click here to register!



SundayOctober 23


Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILSCommunity Cooking Challenge

LOCATIONNorthwest Laboratory (52 Oxford St., Northwest Building in Cambridge)

TIME: 2 – 6 PM

DETAILSDo you like cookingWant to combine your interest in science with creativity in the kitchenBring your lab skills into the kitchen at the HILS Community Cooking ChallengeTheformat of the challenge is similar to a competitive cooking showwith teams of 5 people each given two hours in the Harvard cooking science labs to cook a three course meal using a secretingredientThe theme of this year is microbiologyAfter the competitionthere will be a reception where an all-star judge panel led by Bill Yossesformer White House pastry chefwill decide thewinnersIn case you dont want to compete you can instead watch your friends present their creations and be evaluated during the awards ceremony and the receptionThe competition is opento HILS graduate students onlyfrom eligible programs. The deadline to sign up to compete has already passed, but sign up to watch and attend the food presentation/awards reception bycompleting this form. Contact Vayu Maini Rekdal if you have any questionsmainirekdal@g.harvard.edu




Tuesday, October 25


Applying for Academic Jobs: The View from the Search Committee

LOCATION: Dudley House, Common Room

TIME: 4:00 – 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Applying for academic jobs? Come and learn about what search committees are looking for in candidates and what they do not want to see. Receive advice and hear stories from experienced professors: Dr. Adam Beaver, Dr. John Hamilton, Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, and Dr. Jesse Snedeker.





Wednesday, October 26


Neuroscience Across the Charles

LOCATION: Goldenson Building, Room 122, 220 Longwood Ave, Boston

TIME: 1:30 – 5:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a special symposium highlighting collaborative neurobiology research. We will hear talks about: “dopamine and timing,” “maturation of connectivity within a neural circuit,” “molecular profiling of neuronal diversity,” the evolution, genetics, and neurobiology of social behaviors,” and “oxygen, odors and brain serotonin.” The lectures will take place from 1:30 – 4:30 PM, and sandwiches will be served at 1:10 PM. The lectures will be followed by a reception from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. E-mail Parizad_Bilimoria@hms.harvard.edu with any questions.

SUPPORTED BY: Alice and Rodman W. Moorhead III


DMS PATHS: Venturing Beyond the Lab: Preparing for Your Entrepreneurial Career

LOCATION: Cannon Room, Harvard Medical School Quad

TIME: 5 – 7 PM

DETAILS: Join us for an opportunity to network and have a conversation with inspiring entrepreneurs. Come and learn about how our visiting entrepreneurs started and build successful business ventures. The panelists will talk about the role played by the Harvard Office of Technology Development and i-Lab in turning their ideas into companies and the startup funding process. Please e-mail Suprawee Tepsuport (DMS ’14) at stepsupo@hsph.harvard.edu if you have any questions. 

RSVP: here!




ThursdayOctober 27


Annual HGWISE Pumpkin Carving Event

LOCATIONGeoMus 204, 24 Oxford StreetCambridge

TIME: 7:00 PM

DETAILSCelebrate Halloween by carving pumpkins with HGWISEJoin HGWISE for pie and cider while having fun carving a pumpkin and meeting other women in science.

RSVP: here!




Friday, October 28


BGSO Halloween Party

LOCATION: Courtyard Cafe, Harvard Medical School

TIME: 9 PM – 12 AM

DETAILS: Join us for free food, an open bar, a DJ, and dancing! Free for DMS students and one guest. Harvard students must show a Harvard student ID and students and guests must show a valid ID.


REGISTER: to attend here.



Monday, October 31


Fall Nanocourse: Arduino for Neurobiologists: Building Simple Scientific Instruments Using Arduino Microcontrollers (PART A)

LOCATION: Goldenson 229 (HMS Quad, Longwood)

TIME: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

DETAILS: The Arduino is a powerful microcontroller that can be used to develop custom laboratory instruments. This nanocourse will cover the basics of programming an Arduino microcontroller and interfacing with sensors and actuators to build simple laboratory instruments. The lectures will cover how a microcontroller works and topics in electronics and programming. In addition, students will learn how to design, build, and debug small projects. Please bring a laptop to all classes! For more details and to sign up, please visit the website: https://nanosandothercourses.hms.harvard.edu/node/415



Wednesday, November 2


9th Annual BIDMC Cancer Symposium: Pathways to cure

LOCATION: Joseph B. Martin Center, Harvard Medical School (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA)

TIME: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

DETAILS: The annual cancer symposium will provide a day of presentations highlighting advancements in the understanding and treatment of cancer. To register, or for more details or to see a list of speakers, please visit this website, or contact Susan Megerman at cancerevents@bidmc.harvard.edu.

SPONSORED BY: The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


MBSH Thriving in Graduate School Panel Discussion

LOCATION: Northwest Labs, Room 425 (52 Oxford St., Northwest Building in Cambridge)

TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

DETAILS: Join us for a conversation on getting the most out your graduate experience. Come and learn about things to consider when choosing the right laboratory to join, finding a community, overcoming the imposter syndrome, and getting involved in Harvard outreach programs. We hope to see you!

RSVP: here!




Thursday, November 3


Ideation 2016: Biotech & Healthcare

LOCATION: Ray and Maria Stata Center, Room 32-123, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

TIME: 6 – 9 PM

DETAILS: Do you have an idea that you want to turn into a business? Are you looking for a team to develop a successful statup idea? Join us at Ideation 2016: Biotech & Healthcare, a team formation and networking event to pitch your idea and listen to other quality 2 minute pitches and network with other individuals across disciplines. This event is open to the Boston community. For more details, please visit the website.

PRESENTED BY: Harvard Biotech Club and the MIT Biotech Group

REGISTER by October 31st.



Friday, November 4


BBS G3 and above Town Hall Meeting

LOCATION: New Research Building (NRB), Room 350 (Longwood)

TIME: 3:30 – 4:30 PM

DETAILS: Please come and engage and reconnect with classmates for a discussion about life as a BBS graduate student. Light refreshments will be served! 

Please RSVP to Kate Hodgins at Catherine_hodgins@hms.harvard.edu



SaturdayNovember 5


Know Your Chocolate and Know Its Science

LOCATIONStay tuned for location


DETAILSIndulge your passion for chocolate at the HGWISE Know Your Chocolate and Know Its Science eventJoin us for an afternoon of truffle makingchocolate tastingand lots ofchocolate science!

PRESENTED BYHGWISEthe MIT Chocolate Laband Somerville Chocolates




Thursday, November 10


Coffee Hour with Dr. Naomi Oreskes (History of Science/Science Policy)

LOCATIONGeoMus 413 (Shaler Seminar Room), 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

TIME: 4:00 PM

DETAILS: Join us in Cambridge for a coffee with Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. Dr. Oreskes came to Harvard after 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at UC San Diego. Her current research focuses on earth and environmental sciences, including topics such as global warming. She had published multiple studies on global warming, including “The Scientific Concensus on Climate Change.” Come and hear about Dr. Oreskes’ professional career path and her experience thus far at Harvard.





TuesdayNovember 15 


CRISPR-Cas Systems and the Future of Genome Editing – A Nanocourse

LOCATIONTuesdayNov. 15 - TMEC Walter AmphitheaterRegistration is necessary for WednesdayNov. 16 - Joung Lab -149 (13th StreetCharlestownMA)

TIMETuesdayNov. 15 - 9:30 AM – 1 PMWednesdayNov. 16: 1 – 5 PM


DETAILSAs part of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat – associated (CRISPR-CassystemsRNA-directed endonucleases have the ability to target specific nucleicacid sequencesthusthese systems are widely used as genome editing toolsThe course will provide an overview of the CRISPR-Cas systemgenome editing and the potential applications ofthis systemThe Wednesday session is only available to registered studentsIn the Wednesday sessionstudents will learn to design guide RNAs and to perform the TIDE assay forquantification of nuclease-induced mutationsFor more information about the courseclick here.

REGISTERPlease click here to register for the Wednesday session.


Landry Cancer Biology Consortium 2016 Fall Symposium

LOCATIONHarvard Faculty Club – 20 Quincy StreetCambridgeMA

TIME: 1:00 – 7:00 PM

DETAILSPlease join us to learn about cancer-related research taking place in laboratories at HarvardMeet Cancer Biology graduate students and faculty and learn about their researchTheevent will conclude with a reception providing the opportunity for networkingTo learn more about this event and see a list of the faculty presenting at this eventplease visit this website. Formore informatione-mailmegan_mittelstadt@hms.harvard.edu


PRESENTED BYThe Landry Cancer Biology Consortium


Diversity in STEM Education Workshop (And Dinnerwith Amy Hansen

LOCATION: 4th floorHoffman Labs, 20 Oxford StreetCambridge


DETAILSCome and learn about imbalances of biases in the ScienceTechnologyEngineering and Mathematics (STEMfieldsThere will be a discussion on strategies to design curriculumthat is inclusive and promotes diversity in STEM.




Tuesday, December 13


Harvard Program in Therapeutics Sciences (HiTS) 2nd Annual Symposium

LOCATION: The Cambridge Innovation Center, 20th floor50 Milk St., Boston, MA 02109

TIME: 8 – 5:15 PM

DETAILS: Join HiTS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and Therapeutics Graduate Program students for the second annual HiTS symposium. For more information on this event, visit this website.





Saturday, March 25, 2017


2017 New England Science Symposium

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 sixteenth annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. The deadline to submit is January 5, 2017. 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)

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!



No announcements this week.


Please submit the titledateand time of your upcoming talk to the editorKarina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).




Description summaries are shown for the “NEW” postingsFor details regarding older postingsplease correspond with the contact listed.



1. Career: HMS Innovation Grant Program

DEADLINE: Letter of Intent Deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016

CONTACT: For inquiries, please e-mail Dr. Ted Feldman at 617-340-9428 or Dr. Davie Van Vactor at davie_vanvactor@hms.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a PI? Do you have an exciting side project or idea for a project that you would like to launch? Now you have the opportunity to do this thanks to the HMS Innovation Grant Program (IGP) for graduate students. The goal of the IGP is to foster innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research and to encourage students to hone their proposal design and presentation skills. The HMS IGP will offer two-year grants of up to $33,000 per year for projects succeed in an open proposal competition. Do not miss out on this excellent opportunity! For inquiries about the program, please contact Dr. Ted Feldman or Dr. Davie Van Vactor.


2. Career: AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship Program

DEADLINE: Januray 15, 2017

CONTACT: For inquiries, please e-mail rcorlew@aaas.org

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship program places upper level graduate students and recent graduates at media organizations to work as a journalist for ten weeks during the summer. The program provides fellows with the ability to improve their communication skills to better complex scientific issues with the public. Fellows are placed at media organizations nationwide. Dr. Bridget Alex, a current postdoctoral fellow in the Human Evolutionary Biology program, participated in the program last summer and can answer questions about the program. Feel free to e-mail her at balex@fas.harvard.edu. Please visit this website for an application and more information about the fellowship.


3. Career: Scientist Position at Foundation Medicine

ELIGIBILITY: Foundation Medicine is searching for a highly motivated scientist to help unlock the value of a database of over 100,000 sequenced tumor samples. Candidates must have a deep understanding of biology, computational ability, scientific rigor, attention to detail, and superb communication skills with the ability to communicate to widely different audiences.

CONTACT: Dr. Lee Albacker at lalbacker@foundationmedicine.com

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: Foundation Medicine is a molecular information company dedicated to changing the way patients with cancer are treated. Foundation Medicine is looking for a candidate whose role will support diverse external collaborations focused on drug development through data mining, hypothesis generation, and advanced genomic analysis. The ideal candidate will have used large public datasets to derive biological insight into the mechanisms of carcinogenesis or have incorporated these types of data into the design and interpretation of functional experiments.


4. Career: Jobs at The Francis Crick Institute

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to candidates with a PhD and postdoctoral experience.

DEADLINE: November 10, 2016

CONTACT: group-leader-recruitment@crick.ac.uk if you have any questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: The Crick Institute is recruiting early career researchers to set up their first research program in an area of biomedicine at the Crick. Candidates proposing research in areas, such as bioengineering, ecology, evolution, microfabrication, and synthetic biology will also be considered. Successful candidates will receive a six-year contract, a competitive salary, and fully equipped laboratory space upon acceptance of the offer. In addition, the Crick will provide salaries for about five people, including graduate students. For more information about this opportunity, please visit this website: https://www.crick.ac.uk/about-us/jobs-and-study/group-leaders


5. CareerHHMI Competition – Hanna HGray Fellows Program

ELIGIBILITYThe program is open to individuals who are from genderracialethnicand other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program,including those from disadvantaged backgroundsApplicants must have a PhD and/or MD (or equivalentby the start of the grant term and can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoralresearch experience at the time of the application due dateThe program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoralfellow at a research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in all biomedical and life science disciplines.

DEADLINEApplications are due February 15, 2017 at 3 PM (Eastern Time)

CONTACTfellows@hhmi.org (program staff) for questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMIis pleased to announce the Hanna HGray Fellows ProgramRecognizing the value of individuals from different backgrounds tomove science forwardHHMI seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research communityThe Hanna HGray Fellows Program will recruit and retain early career scientists who are fromgroups underrepresented in the life sciences and who have the potential to become leaders in academic researchThe Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.Fellows will receive funding ($80,000) for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding ($270,000) for up to four years during their early career years asindependent facultyThe program includes opportunities for career developmentincluding mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community.

Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site www.hhmi.org/research/application/fellow2017


6. CareerPostdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

LOCATIONThe Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

ELIGIBILITYCHOP is seeking late stage graduate students or early stage postdoctoral fellows to apply for this fellowshipPostdoctoral fellows who have been at CHOP less than one year atthe time of application are eligiblehowever preference will be given to external candidates.

DEADLINEApplications are due November 15, 2016

CONTACTPlease contact Paulette McRaePhD (mcraep@email.chop.eduwith any questions you may haveFor more information and to apply please visithttp://training.research.chop.edu/prospective-trainees/685-diversity-postdoctoral-fellowships.html

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONThe CHOP Research Institute has partnered with Penn to create the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at CHOPThis partnership allows diversityfellows from CHOP and Penn to form a cohesive cohort that takes advantage of programming and support at both institutionsCHOP diversity fellows are eligible to participate in allprogramming from Penns Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Office


Successful applicants will be funded by The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and supported by The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral AffairsSupport will include salary (startingat $50,000 for new postdoctoral fellows with no previous postdoctoral experienceincreasing in $2,000 increments annuallyand benefitsand provides an annual allowance for travel ($2,000)and supplies ($5,000), and a one-time relocation allowance for external candidates (up to $5,000). Support will be provided for up to three years and participants will be able to take part in allPenn-sponsored programming as well as CHOP-specific programming organized by the CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


To be eligible for the CHOP fellowship a CHOP-based research mentor will need to be selected for the postdoctoral labExternal candidates may use the Investigator Directory to search forfaculty based on area of study http://www.research.chop.edu/people/keyword.


7. CareerProgram ManagerDiversity & Inclusion

LOCATIONNew York University Langone Medical Center

ELIGIBILITYBachelors degree and Masters degree and/or three or more years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experienceExperience in graduate schooleducation and in development of educationalculturaland social programs designed to improve the quality of the educational and social experiences of graduate students in general and womenand underrepresented minority students in particular is preferred.

CONTACTPlease contact Susanne TranguchPhDMBA (susanne.tranguch@nyumc.orgwith any questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONThe Program ManagerDiversity & Inclusionworks closely with the Associate & Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Operationsand Training Program Directors andAdvisors of the Sackler Institute at the NYU School of Medicinea division of the Graduate School of Arts and Science of New York Universityto recruitdevelopand retain a diverse communityfor the Sackler InstituteS/he will also collaborate with the Office of Diversity Affairs of the NYU School of MedicineS/he may also work within the external community to promote STEM interestin students of diverse backgroundsS/he will assess programmatic needs that support diversityassess current programs and populations regarding diversity issues and use those assessmentsto promote and develop new initiativesS/he will also research best practices in diversity initiatives and use those findings to inform decisions and assess the outcomes of initiatives with aparticular focus on their impact on recruitment and retentionS/he will plan and manage budgets related to new and existing diversity initiatives (Sackler Diversity Initiative and LGBTAwithin theSackler InstituteS/he will also work closely with the Program Director and Associate Dean to recruit diverse students by attending recruitment events and trips to partner schoolsS/he will alsowork closely with the student body to not only assist diverse students with their transition to graduate school but also help enrich their cultural development and resolve conflicts.


8. VolunteerHealth Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

LOCATIONHarvard Medical School (Longwood)

DATENovember 2016 to February 2017

DEADLINEOctober 8th


MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONDo you want to impact the lives of Boston-area high school students? 

Then join HPREPHPREP is an outreach program hosted by Harvard to recruit high school students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds into sciencemedicineand publichealthOur goal is to use funhands-on lectures and labs paired with one-on-one mentoring to give students the excitementconfidenceand role models necessary for them tosucceed in these fields. Sessions include topics like cancer biologyvaccineshealth disparitiesleadershipand moreHPREP will run on 10 Saturdays from November to February in TMECon the Longwood CampusIf you are interested in mentoring studentsteaching/developing lessonslabsand workshopsor helping with program development and coordinationwe would loveto have you join our teamThere are many roles to fillsome with very little time commitment and others with moreFor more information about the program visit the website:http://www.hprep.wordpress.com


If you were unable to attend the information sessions but wish to learn more about the programplease email usIf you already know which teachingmentoringor leadership roles you'd like toapply and commit toplease go ahead and fill out the application form. The deadline to complete the form is October 8th.  


9. Volunteer: Hinton Scholars AP Biology Tutor Application

LOCATION: Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard Medical School (Longwood)

DATE: October to May

DEADLINEas soon as possible (ASAP)

CONTACTRobert Simpson ASAP by email at Robert_simpson@hms.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-432-1557 to obtain an application.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in helping Boston High School students learn AP Biology? We are recruiting tutors for the Hinton Scholars AP Biology Program, a unique mentoring program where students have the opportunity to do hands-on labs and attend monthly tutoring sessions. Hinton tutors will receive training and work with a group of approximately eight students enrolled in AP Biology from October to May. The program is sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. To watch a short video about the program, please visit this link: http://www.harvardmedk12.wikispaces.net


10. Volunteer: National Science Foundation (NSF): Panelist for the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)  

DEADLINEAs soon as possible!

CONTACT: E-mail panelists@nsfgrfp.org with questions, or call the GRFP operations center at 866-673-4737.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTION: The NSF is seeking for volunteers to serve as panelists for the 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited US institutions. This is an opportunity for panelists to use their research and career expertise to identify future science and engineering leaders and to gain valuable expertise to share with colleagues at your institution. The panels are composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please visit https://www.nsfgrfp.org/panelists to register. 


11. Volunteer: Wellesley Winter Session Bootcamp

LOCATION: Wellesley College

DATE: January 12-13 and 17-20, 2017

DEADLINE: Submit the application by October 31, 2016

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please e-mail yunji_davenport@hms.harvard.edu

MBSH POST DATE: 10/18/2016


DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in teaching and mentoring undergraduates? Apply to be a teacher for the Wellesley Winter Session Bootcamp! You will receive 10 hours of training from HMS curriculum fellows (October to January) to have an opportunity to develop and teach your own lectures for Wellesley undergraduates and get feedback on teaching pitfalls and techniques. Full commitment is required for this, and teachers are required to be full time (50 hours) during the course. Food, and transportation will be provided. Please complete this short application.


12. Volunteer: GeniConnect: Teaching Genetics through Games

LOCATION: Putnam Avenue Upper School (located near Harvard and Central Squares)

DATE: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 – 4:15 PM, October 18 – November 3, 2016

DEADLINE: as soon as possible!

CONTACT: Giovanna Castro Matos by email: giovanna@eastendhouse.org, or all 617-876-444

PRESENTED BY: East End House’s Community Programs

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


DESCRIPTIONEast End House is looking for STEM professionals and students with experience in biology, genetics, and/or biotechnology looking to have a meaningful impact on Cambridge middle school students’ learning, and interest in STEM fields. Students will have a web-based game experience to learn fundamentals of genetics and will have the opportunity for hands-on activities and lab work. This is a great opportunity for STEM professionals to help under-resourced students’ education learn about career possibilities to which they may not be exposed otherwise.


13. Harvard Biotech Club Leadership Team

DATEWednesdayOctober 5th

The GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club is recruiting students and post-doctoral fellows to join their leadership teamThe following positions are openDirector of ProgrammingDirector ofSponsorshipsDirector of CommunicationsDirector of Marketingand Director of Journal ClubTo apply for a leadership positionsend an e-mail with resume/CV and a brief description of theinterests within the club toharvardbiotechclub@gmail.comTo learn more about the club or eventsplease visit their website atthebiotechclub.org.


14. Seeking Members for the Harvard GSAS Big Data Association



DETAILSWe are a new student group that serves GSAS students of all backgrounds and majors interested in topics related to big datadata sciencemachine learning and statisticsWe willorganize seminarsworkshopsdiscussion panels and data analysis projects for our members to enable them to discover and pursue their individual interestsimprove their data analysis skills,and connect with fellow like-minded graduate studentsYou dont have to be an expert or an active participant in these fields to get involved - interest alone is enoughInterestedGreatWeneed people like you to help this club grow - into something BIGTo learn morego to https://goo.gl/E6iOl0.

DEADLINEnone posted

CONTACTMore information here

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


15. Seeking Members for the Journal of Emerging Investigators


DATEany time

DETAILSJEI is looking to fill several leadership positions for the 2016-17 yearincluding Vice PresidentSecretaryTreasurerand Director of Technology.  Please find information regardingeach position belowand if interestedemail jeiscience@gmail.com with your CV and a few sentences describing your qualifications for the position.  No prior experience for any of the positionsis necessary -- we're just looking for anyone who would like to contribute to JEI in a new and exciting way!

DEADLINEnone posted

CONTACT:  jeiscience@gmail.com

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


16. Open LabsSeeking Scientists Interested in Outreach!


DETAILSOpen Labs is a fellowship of graduate and professional students devoted to mentoring and educating 6-12th gradersTailored for students at a crucial time in the development of theirempirical and critical thinking skillsOpen Labs fosters a safe space for young scholars to connect with graduate students & professionals and explore the possibilities of pursuing STEM careers.Since the inception of Open Labs at Yale University in 2012, chapters have been established the University of PennsylvaniaPrinceton UniversityColumbia UniversityWe are excited toannounce a new chapter opening at Harvard this falland encourage members of the HGWISE community to get involvedFor more informationplease visit www.theopenlabs.org 


MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


Stay tuned for additional upcoming career & volunteer opportunities



If you know of any volunteer opportunities that you would like to shareplease submit the titledateand contact person to the editorKarina Gonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).



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Find job postings from leading research and teaching institutions at the following sites:









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Postdoc career opportunities are posted hereContact postdoc_office@hms.harvard.edu to subscribe to their newsletter.








Please submit your accomplishments and announcements (publicationsgrantsgraduationqualifying exam completionspromotionsbirthsmarriagesbirthdaysetc.) to the editorKarinaGonzalez (knherrer@fas.harvard.edu).

November 4, 2016

We hope this message finds you well. It was great to see many of you at the MBSH Thriving in Grad School panel discussion a couple of nights ago! In addition, we had our first “coffee and cookies” gathering a couple of weeks ago, and it was nice to talk with some of you and hear about your graduate school experiences thus far. Our next coffee and Insomnia cookies” gathering will take place on Monday, November 7th from 4 – 5 PM at the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442. Take a break from lab or studying and join Dr. Sheila Thomas and Dr. Karina Gonzalez for office hours and some refreshments! We also want to hear from you about events or professional development opportunities that you would like to see take place.

November 18, 2016

We hope this message finds you well. Sheila and I can imagine that regardless of your political opinions, the rhetoric of this very long campaign and the outcome of the presidential election may leave many of you feeling uncomfortable, nervous, and anxious. We want you to know that we value and treasure everyone’s contribution and the diversity that you bring to Harvard and we are here to support you in your endeavors. If you are looking for a space to share your feelings openly and honestly we hope you will join the conversation at the next coffee andInsomnia cookies” gathering to a conversation about the election. Please join us on Monday, November 21st from 4 – 5 PM in the Harold Amos Graduate Student Lounge, TMEC Room 442.