November 4, 2016

Sharing eventscareer opportunitiesand your milestones with the MBSH community



Dear MBSH Community,


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.



Sheila and Karina


Sheila ThomasPhD                                                           Karina Gonzalez HerreraPhD

Faculty Director of DiversityDMS                                      Assistant Director of DiversityDMS

AssocDean of Academic Programs and DiversityGSAS






1. Special Announcements

2. Upcoming Events

3. MBSH Member Talks & Presentations

4. Career & Volunteer Opportunities

5. MBSH Member Accomplishments & Announcements






The Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas has formed several new writing groups, which include Writer’s Rooms, Proofreading Groups, and Peer Review Groups. The groups will meet regularly during the academic year and are a great resource to students writing manuscripts or dissertations. Join the groups to write in company of others, provide feedback to peers on their papers, or receive feedback on your paper from other peers. Visit this website to get more information on the writing groups! If you are interested in participating in a writing group, please send an e-mail to the Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Suzanne Smith at, by Friday, November 11, providing information about your year in graduate school, the days and times you would be available to participate, and your objectives and interests.


Fellowships: Please note that the deadline for some fellowships is quickly approaching:


November 10, 2016 – Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

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

November 17, 2016 – Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

December 9, 2016 – National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate 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


Feel free to send any events you would like to see on the newsletter to Karina Gonzalez at Feel free to visit her in the GSAS office suite on the Cambridge campus(Smith Campus Center Suite 350, 1350 MassAveor in TMEC 335.






Friday, November 4


Creating an Outline Profile & Teaching Portfolio

LOCATION: Science Center (1 Oxford Street, Room 418D, Cambridge, MA 02138)

TIME: 2:15 – 3:45 PM

DETAILS: This event is part of the Teaching Fellow Workshop Series. Please join us!


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


Dudley’s 25th Anniversary as a Graduate Center Celebration

LOCATION: Dudley House Main Dining Room (Harvard Yard, Cambridge)

TIME: 4 – 7 PM

DETAILS: Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dudley House as a Graduate Center! Refreshments, a signature cocktail, a Dudley-themed photo booth, and more will be available!

RSVP: here!



SaturdayNovember 5


2016 Family Health Fair in East Boston

LOCATION: East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

TIME: 9 AM – 2 PM

DETAILS: The goal of the health fair is to provide valuable health education and free medical screenings to help improve the general health of Latino families, neighbors, and the community of East Boston. 

SPONSORED BY: Consulate General of Mexico, Latino Consulates, Pfizer Latino Group, and ARCOS.


Know Your Chocolate and Know Its Science

LOCATIONEPS Teaching Labs, Science Center, 3rd Floor (Rooms 312/314)


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




Sunday, November 6


Dudley’s 25th Anniversary Beer Fest

LOCATION: Dudley House, Main Dining Room (Harvard Yard, Cambridge)

TIME: 1 – 4 PM

DETAILS: Join us to celebrate the Dudley House 25th Anniversary. Dudley will be hosting a beer fest, which will include Bantam Cider, Down the Road, Jack’s Abby, Slumbrew, Aeronaut, and Cambridge’s newest brewery, Lamplighter. The event is open to graduate students and a guest (2 ticket maximum). Tickets are $5.




Wednesday, November 9


Linkedin for Networking, Career Building & The Job Search

LOCATION: Office of Career Services (54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)


DETAILS: Linkedin has become an incredibly powerful tool for building and maintaining your professional network. Join us for this hands-on (bring your laptop), interactive workshop where you will be guided step-by-step through the process of enhancing your profile and networking for job leads. We will discuss advanced profile tips including changing your headline, enhancing your summary, and adding links and documents to show examples of your work.

PRESENTED BY: The Office of Career Services



Thursday, November 10


Science Policy Faculty Chat with Meredith Rosenthal

LOCATION: TMEC 446 (Harvard Medical School)

TIME: 12:00 PM

DETAILS: Dr. Meredith Rosenthal is an expert in health care policy and a Professor of Health Economics and Policy. She is also the Associate Dean for Diversity at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Join us to hear Dr. Rosenthal’s insights about the interface between science and policy, her career path, and opportunities for policy-oriented graduate students in scientific fields. Lunch will be provided!

PRESENTED BY: GSAS Science Policy Group

RSVP: Here!


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

LOCATIONArmenise Amphitheater, 210 Longwood Avenue, Longwood Medical Area

TIME: 9:30 AM – 1 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.


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.




Publishing Seminar: Books and Scholarly Journals

LOCATION: Dudley House Common Room (Harvard Yard, Cambridge)


DETAILS: Join us to hear from students who have successfully published, as well as guest speakers from the publishing world. Refreshments will be served!



TuesdayNovember 15 


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


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, November 22


COOP Public Service Grants

DETAILS: Every year, the Harvard Cooperative Society (The COOP) funds student projects aimed to improving Cambridge/greater Boston community. All Harvard students from professional and graduate programs (GSAS, HMS, HLS, KSG, GSE, etc.) are eligible to apply for a grant. Students can also apply on behalf of their organization. The awards are expected to average $500 and may be higher depending on the funding requests of the proposed projects. The deadline for the application is Tuesday, November 22nd. A cover page, proposal (no more than two single-spaced pages), and budget are required to apply for a grant. Submit your application to For more details on how to apply or the requisites for these grants please visit this website.



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:

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




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No announcements this week.


Please submit the titledateand time of your upcoming talk to the editorKarina Gonzalez (




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



1. Career: Postdoctoral Positions at the Computational Breast Imaging Group (CBIG) at the University of Pennsylvania

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have completed or be in the process of completing a PhD (or equivalent) in Biomedical, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Science, or related fields. CBIG is seeking highly motivated individuals with excellent track-record, including first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants should have a background on biomedical image analysis, computer vision, pattern recognition and/or machine learning. Proficiency in computer programming and quantitative analytical methods is required.


CONTACT: Despina Kontos at for more details and to apply.

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016 (NEW)


DESCRIPTION: Applications for the postdoctoral positions should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references. Successful applicants will join a collaborative research environment and will work closely with clinical investigators. In addition, successful applicants will gain a first-hand experience of the CBIG breast imaging program. For more information, please visit the Computational Breast Imaging Group here.


2. Postdoctoral Research Position in HIV Prevention at Brown University

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have a doctoral degree in behavioral, social, statistical, public health, or medical sciences with a strong interest and experience in HIV prevention. Candidates must possess a command of quantitative research methodology; some experience using mixed methods preferred. Other specific skillsets of interest include social networking analysis, quantitative survey design, or qualitative interviewing analysis. Candidates with experience in the areas of LGBQ or transgender research are encouraged to apply. To apply send a cover letter and a CV in an e-mail to Philip Chan.

CONTACT: Philip Chan at to apply or ask questions. 

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016 (NEW)


DESCRIPTION: This postdoctoral research position offers the opportunity to participate in cutting edge clinical and translational research on HIV prevention and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). The group conducts NIH-funded research on social and behavioral determinants of HIV/STD transmission and development and testing of HIV prevention interventions, including a strong emphasis on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The postdoctoral researchers would be responsible for: 1) helping to lead NIH-funded studies in collaboration with experienced investigators; 2) assisting with quantitative and possible qualitative data collection and analysis; 3) assisting in the implementation of public health initiatives such as HIV testing in public high schools and primary care centers.


3. Regeneron’s Postdoctoral Training Program

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates should have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. Scientists interested in looking for a first of second postdoctoral training experience are welcome to apply. Candidates should also have demonstrated success with publications in peer-reviewed journals and should be able to interact dynamically and constructively with scientific peers.

DEADLINE: December 15, 2016  

MBSH POST DATE: 11/3/2016 (NEW)


DESCRIPTION: Successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct innovative and creative research to address a novel scientific question and have the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Candidates will also assist with mentoring and teaching interns and junior trainees and will also participate in postdoctoral program activities. The program consists of three years of formal postdoctoral training in a program directed by an award-winning educator and will expose successful candidates to the biotechnology industry. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in weekly postdoctoral scientist meetings to provide an opportunity for critical reasoning, creative thinking, and career advancement. For more information on this opportunity and how to apply for this program, please visit


4. 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

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


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

DEADLINE: January 15, 2017

CONTACT: For inquiries, please e-mail

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


6. 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

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


7. 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: if you have any questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


8. 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) (program staff) for questions.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


DESCRIPTIONThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMIis pleased to announce the


9. 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 visit

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


10. 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


11. VolunteerHealth Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

LOCATIONHarvard Medical School (Longwood)

DATENovember 2016 to February 2017

DEADLINEOctober 8th

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/2016


12. 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 or by phone at 617-432-1557 to obtain an application.

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


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

DEADLINEAs soon as possible!

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

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


14. 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

MBSH POST DATE: 10/18/2016


15. 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:, or all 617-876-444

PRESENTED BY: East End House’s Community Programs

MBSH POST DATE: 10/19/2016


16. 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


17. 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

DEADLINEnone posted

CONTACTMore information here

MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


18. 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 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


MBSH POST DATE: 10/04/16


19. 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

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 (



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