Volume 25, Number 20

HST Community Notices


Kay Everett (HST MEMP PhD ‘14, HST MD ’16) and her spouse Ray welcomed their son Niko Everett on Friday, January 19.

Congratulations to all!


Are you traveling for any of the following reasons?

  • Conference/workshop
  • Giving a talk
  • Visiting your alma mater

Can you help promote HST by talking to prospective students?

Contact Laurie Ward (laurie [at] mit.edu (l)aurie [at] mit.edu (aurie[at]mit[dot]edu)) for talking points and promotional materials to distribute.
A link to an HST Programs Slide to include in your presentations can be found here.

Course & Academic Resources


As you are considering your course schedules this week, we want to bring your attention to our spring graduate offerings. 

A full list of HST courses can be found at: https://hst.mit.edu/academic-programs/courses#spring

We also advertise non-HST courses in This Week in HST (TWiHST).

Spring 2024 (With links to MIT catalog descriptions – course websites as noted)

HST.460 Statistics for Neuroscience Research

HST.500 Frontiers in (Bio)Medical Engineering and Physics

HST.506 Computational Systems Biology: Deep Learning in the Life Sciences

HST.515 Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering

HST.524 Design of Medical Devices and Implants

HST.53 Medical Physics of Proton Radiation Therapy

HST.537 Fluids and Diseases

HST.53Advances in Interdisciplinary Science in Human Health and Disease

HST.552 Medical Device Design [course website: https://meddevdesign.mit.edu/]

HST.562 Pioneering Technologies for Interrogating Complex Biological Systems

HST.582 Biomedical Signal and Image Processing

HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series : Topic - The Economics of the US Healthcare System

HST.728 Spoken Language Processing

HST.918 Economics of Health Care Industries

HST.956 Machine Learning For Healthcare [course website: https://mlhcmit.github.io/ ]

HST.962 Medical Product Development and Translational Biomedical Research (2nd ½ of term) [course website: http://web.mit.edu/hst962/www/index.html]

HST.971 Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences

HST.978 Healthcare Ventures 

And a non-HST special topics courses that were sent my way…

6.S977 Ethical Machine Learning in Human Deployments  [CANVAS site]

MAS.S68 Leading to Change: Transforming Yourself, Transforming Your World


We’re happy to announce that our award-winning LEAPS Leadership courses will run again this Spring! 

LEAPS provides a broad array of leadership training and practice that will support and enhance your STEM career — no matter what your long-term career goals are. Full details can be found here: https://physics.mit.edu/academic-programs/subjects/mitleaps/

If you haven’t taken a LEAPS course yet, please register! Everyone is welcome, and we’re excited to work with you! 

LEAPS II (5.962, 8.397, 9.982, 12.397, 18.897): Developing your Leadership Competencies (Feb-March)

LEAPS I (5.961, 8.396, 9.981, 12.396, 18.896): Leadership through Professional Strategies & Skills (Apr-May)

Additional information can be found below. 

Contact mitleaps [at] gmailc.com (mitleaps[at]gmail[dot]com) if you have any questions or comments! 


A course announcement for Spring 2024:


Lecture: TR9.30-11 (34-304Lab: F9 (34-301) or F10 (34-301)

Fundamentals of digital signal processing with emphasis on problems in biomedical research and clinical medicine. Basic principles and algorithms for processing both deterministic and random signals. Topics include data acquisition, imaging, filtering, coding, feature extraction, and modeling. Lab projects provide practical experience in processing physiological data, with examples from cardiology, speech processing, and medical imaging. Lectures cover signal processing topics relevant to the lab exercises, as well as background on the biological signals processed in the labs. Ridwan Alam


The Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program (GradEL) is offering new classes open to all MIT graduate students. These will count toward the elective requirements for the Technical Leadership Certificate.

6.S630: Leadership - People, Products, Projects

G, 9 units (4-0-5): Tue/Thu 10am-12pm

Apply leadership principles to a team-based product development project over the course of the semester. Identify worthy problems to tackle, generate creative concepts, make quick prototypes, and test them with stakeholders. Use product management tools to identify user needs, translate needs  into design elements, and develop product roadmaps. Use project management tools to mobilize your team and organize your deliverables. Practice effective teamwork, persuasive presentations, and influencing strategies.

The project will be centered around a broad theme with the opportunity to design the product, service, or user interface.

Each class will include discussion around a new topic relating to the project or leadership skills, experiential learning around the topic, and time for team meetings. The teaching team and mentors will be available for team meetings.

By application only: tinyurl.com/GradEL-LP3(You will also need to register for the course.)

6.S640: How will my research matter? Optimizing projects toward impact

G, 6 units (2-0-4), Wed 5-7pm

What is the value of your research beyond publishing the next paper? Who will your work impact and how is it measured? Students will apply learnings to their own research projects as part of their degree programs. 

Learn how to better define and articulate the problems your research
addresses, identify stakeholders to validate needs and solutions, and  be specific about how the impact might be realized.

Deliverables in the course include 3 ways of describing a project's impact: An “impact statement” (1-3 sentences), “impact storyline” (one page overview), and “impact case” (5 minute presentation).

Practice leadership skills including aligning toward a vision, communication, giving & receiving feedback, and presenting.

Limited enrollment - by application only: tinyurl.com/MITimpact. (You will also need to register for the course.)=

GradEL is here to help students develop skills across career paths, from leading research groups to leadership roles in large companies and startups. The program builds on students’ technical education by allowing them to practice developing highly-effective teams, identifying worthy problems to solve, creating innovative solutions, and crafting a shared vision.

We offer unique classes focused on experiential learning, monthly interactive workshops, and a Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership. PhD candidates can also fulfill their doctoral minor through our program.


6.S977 Ethical Machine Learning in Human Deployments
Instructor: Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi

Satisfies: Concentration Subject in AI

Spring 2024; Friday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Room 45-102, College of Computing Building

This course focuses on the human-facing considerations in the pipeline of machine learning (ML) development in human-facing settings. Students will learn about the issues involved in ethical machine learning, in three progressing areas: (1) Introductory material on the inequities that arise in the machine learning pipeline when working with human processes, (2) focused dives in to technical focus areas, (3) topic area presentations in healthcare, education and employment.

In this class, students will hear lectures by leading researchers in the field, and read current papers related to ongoing efforts and challenges in ethical ML. The graded components of this course will involve weekly reflections, attendance, and homework that culminates with a final project. The course will also have several in-class multi-party negotiation exercises that highlight the difficulty of ethical machine learning in practice.


MIT Edgerton Center Spring 2024
EC.050/EC.090 (G)
Re-create Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past

Tuesday Thursday 3pm-5pm. 6 units. First session February 6, 2024  

Wonder. Question. Explore. Collaborate. Reflect.

This hands-on seminar opens space and time to explore your own curiosity.

Collaborate in experimenting with everyday materials, instruments and methods of science and art, from history and indigenous practices.  Listen to past voices: Euclid, Galileo, Ibn al-Haytham, da Vinci, Banneker, Dewey, Ramon y Cajal, poets, artists and others.  Examine injustice.  Build a learning community with classmates. Encourage each other’s curiosity.   Museum visits and field trips. Past projects include: watching the sky; following shadows; art projects with historical methods; using and making historical instruments; creating and enacting stories; collaborative experiments; presentations; enacting historical and feminist drama; MIT History…  What will you notice and question, explore and express? Your own story uncovers insights for educational research.

Contact: Elizabeth Cavicchi ecavicch [at] mit.edu (ecavicch[at]mit[dot]edu)


This year, the MIT community is adapting to new ways of taking care of ourselves and others. If you’d like to connect with your community, stay active, sleep better, relieve stress, and more, Community Wellness at MIT Medical can help you find wellness programs that fit your needs.

View all Community Wellness classes here.


The Writing and Communication Center offers free one-on-one professional advice from communication specialists with advanced degrees and publishing experience. The WCC can help you further develop your oral communication skills and learn about all types of academic and professional writing.

Writing and Communication Center Programs During IAP 2024

Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing break!

As you set up your New Year resolutions and plan your IAP activities, the WCC is ready to help you become a more productive and accomplished writer. We offer a variety of programs to assist you!

WCC Individual Consultations resume in January. During these consultations, you can work on your written or oral projects with WCC instructors who can guide you at all stages of your communication process.

WCC has prepared a series of workshops on style, literature review writing, and other topics. You can register for our offerings through this link.

If you want to write regularly and make progress with your research and writing, join the Writing Together Online during IAP 2024, launching on Mon, Jan 8th, through Thu, Feb 1st. These writing sessions create a community of scholars who connect, set realistic goals, and write together to motivate each other.

For more information or to register for these programs, check the WCC website.


Our Mission
The Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL) partners with MIT educators, staff, and administrators to create a reflective educational environment where students are academically challenged, actively engaged, and personally supported.

Learn More about TLL here

TLL Speaker Series

Climate Across the Curriculum: An Octopus's Journey

Dr. Sandra Goldmark, Columbia University

  • Thursday, February 15, 2024, 1 pm ET (ONLINE)
  • All are welcome! Please register via Zoom

Please join us for the first talk of the spring semester! 

What do we need to infuse climate into our courses? Sandra Goldmark (Barnard College and Columbia Climate School) will lead a discussion about climate-responsive teaching in almost any discipline. Goldmark will share her experiences incorporating climate concepts into her theatre courses; expanding climate teaching at Barnard College; and piloting a Climate Ready curriculum at the Columbia Climate School. Participants will be invited to share their own interdisciplinary climate teaching experienced and provide feedback on the Climate Ready framework.

About the Speaker
Sandra Goldmark is a designer, professor, and circular economy expert. Sandra serves as Senior Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Engagementat the Columbia Climate School, and Director of Sustainability and Climate Action and Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College. From 2013-2019, Sandra founded and operated Fixup, a social enterprise repair service dedicated to healthy and circular patterns of consumption. Sandra is a co-creator of the Sustainable Production Toolkit, a free climate action and sustainability resource for performing arts organizations, and serves on the Board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the BBC, The Sunday Times of LondonThe Daily News, Salon.com, and many more. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale University, Sandra is the author of Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the Planet.

Find information on upcoming TLL programs, speakers, workshops, etc. here.

For any questions about programs and resources available to graduate students through the TLL, contact Ben Hansberry, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Teaching (bhansber [at] mit.edu (bhansber[at]mit[dot]edu))

Subscribe here to the TLL Newsletter.


Harvard Catalyst works with Harvard University’s schools and affiliate academic healthcare centers to build and grow an environment focused on team science – where discoveries are rapidly and efficiently translated to improve human health. We catalyze research across all clinical and translational domains by providing investigators with opportunities such as pilot funding, free resources such as biostatistics consultations, training and mentoring programs, and numerous courses. To facilitate communication, collaboration, and data collection, our informatics team develops a range of open-source tools available to the community within Harvard University and beyond.

Information on courses and training through Harvard Catalyst can be found here.
A calendar of Harvard Catalyst events can be found here.
Subscribe to the Harvard Catalyst Newsletter here.


Information about the Harvard i-lab and it's upcoming events and activities can be found here.

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars


Please consider submitting your papers/ posters for the 10th Intelligent Systems Conference (IntelliSys) 2024, scheduled to take place from 5-6 September 2024 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

IntelliSys provides a leading international forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields with the purpose of exploring the fundamental roles, interactions as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence.

Important Dates:
Paper Submission Deadline: 15 February 2024
Notification of Acceptance: 15 March 2024
Camera-Ready Paper Submission: 31 March 2024
Conference Dates: 5-6 September 2024

Submissions will undergo a rigorous double blind peer-review process by an esteemed panel of experts.

Accepted papers presented during the conference, will be published in the conference proceedings, and considered for potential inclusion in Springer series "Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems" indexed in Web of Science, SCOPUS, INSPEC, WTI Frankfurt eG, zbMATH and SCImago.

Online Submission System: https://saiconference.com/IntelliSys2024/Submit


The MIT Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics and the MIT Microbiome Club are proud to invite you to attend our annual MIT Microbiome Symposium on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 9 am-5 pm at MIT Building E14. Registration is now open for both in person and virtual attendance!

The symposium will feature talks from established and young investigators, poster sessions, expert Q&A sessions, industry tables, and a networking social to close the day. For more details, please check out our website. This year we are proud to host Dr. Emrah Altindis (Boston College) and Dr. Sophie McCoy (University of North Carolina) as our two keynote speakers.

To participate in the event:

  1. Register for free on our Eventbrite page.
  2. Submit an abstract! Abstracts can be considered for either a flash talk or poster. Posters will also participate in our annual poster competition. The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, February 16th.
  3. Please tell others about this event! Feel free to circulate this email to others who might be interested.

Please contact cmit.microbiome [at] gmail.com (cmit[dot]microbiome[at]gmail[dot]com) with any questions or inquiries.

Your participation in this symposium is free. Our goal is to showcase the diverse opportunities available in the field of microbiome science, and we hope that you can join us!

We look forward to seeing you in March!


We are delighted to invite you and your colleagues to an upcoming workshop, “Integrating Generative and Experimental Perspectives for BioMolecular Design” (GEM) at the ICLR Conference in Vienna on May 11th, 2024. The primary focus of our workshop is to foster collaboration between machine learning experts and experimental scientists. We are actively seeking submissions of papers that demonstrate such collaboration, whether through purely computational endeavors or experimental work with rich datasets that can be utilized for learning purposes.

We would be thrilled to have your participation at the workshop, including submitting a paper or signing up as a reviewer. As a reviewer, you will have the opportunity to score submitted papers and provide valuable comments and feedback for the selection process. Excitingly, through a new partnership, the top papers will be nominated for fast-track submission to Cell Systems (IF: 11.091). This collaboration presents an excellent opportunity to showcase and disseminate the most outstanding works in this field.

You visit https://www.gembio.ai/ to find more details about the workshop, including an exciting lineup of speakers and panelists who have been pioneers in the space. 

For any inquiries, feel free to reach out to us at gembioworkshop [at] googlegroups.com (gembioworkshop[at]googlegroups[dot]com). We look forward to your participation!


HSI Lunch Seminar with Karim Malek, MD, MTh

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024
  • 11:30am - 1pm
  • E62-450

Register at Sloan Groups
Lunch will be provided in person.
Join Zoom Meeting
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Join us for an illuminating seminar in medical ethics, where we delve into the complex challenges faced by healthcare professionals. Prepare to engage in a thought-provoking discussion exploring the fundamental principles of medical ethics and discuss real-world dilemmas in the age of cutting-edge medicine.

Karim Malek is a quadruple-board internist, medical oncologist, hematologist and emergency medicine physician with 30+ years experience caring for patients with life-threatening illnesses, be it in the rush of an emergency room, in the confines of a cancer clinic or more recently as a developer of novel cancer therapeutics. His career spanned over France and the United States. In addition to a Masters in Theology where he has formally studied Medical Ethics, Karim brings the practical experience gained through sitting on committees examining difficult decision making healthcare professionals face in their daily practice of medicine.


The 2024 Conference on Health, Inference, and Learning (CHIL) invites submissions focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) techniques that address challenges in health, which includes clinical healthcare, public health, health economics, informatics, and more. For full details, refer to the online Call for Papers: https://www.chilconference.org/call-for-papers.html 

This year, CHIL 2024 will accept submissions for three distinct tracks: Models and MethodsApplications and Practice, and Policy, Impact and Society. Accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of Machine Learning Research (PMLR). We are also offering Best Paper Awards to recognize outstanding work across all tracks.

Submissions are due on February 5th, 11:59 PM EST in the form of anonymized PDF files. All submissions for CHIL 2024 will be managed through the OpenReview system (submission link coming soon). Similar to last year, we have a full author response period and reviewer discussion period to ensure proper feedback on the work. 

Hosted by The Association of Health, Learning, and Inference (AHLI), the CHIL conferences have consistently served as premier scientific meetings, uniting clinicians and researchers from both industry and academia, and weaving a rich tapestry of knowledge and innovation.

Building on a series of conferences and events since 2019, CHIL has persistently set a benchmark in interdisciplinary research within the realms of machine learning and health, demonstrated through its impactful sessions (2020202120222023). Following the resounding success of CHIL 2023 at the Broad Institute, Cambridge, we are thrilled to announce that CHIL 2024 will continue fostering insightful discussions and collaborations in the field. The 5th annual conference will take place in-person from June 27-28 at the Verizon Executive Education Center at Cornell Tech in New York City. 

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: Feb 5, 2024 at 11:59pm
  • Bidding opens for reviewers: Feb 6, 2024 at 11:59pm
  • Reviews released: Mar 4, 2024 by 11:59pm
  • Author/Reviewer discussion period: Mar 10-21, 2024
  • Author notification: Apr 3, 2024 by 11:59pm
  • CHIL conference: June 27-28, 2024

-----------------------DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM-----------------------

The AHLI CHIL 2024 Doctoral Symposium is an opportunity for PhD students to broadcast their research and get feedback on their directions from CHIL attendees and leaders in the field. Participants will present their ongoing and/or future doctoral dissertation work as both a 5 minute lightning presentation and as a poster, encouraging discussion of ideas with senior leaders and CHIL participants. Our main CFP can give an indication of the areas that are covered in CHIL. In addition to the lightning talks and poster session, participants will have facilitated opportunities to connect with and meet established researchers one-on-one throughout the conference. The Doctoral Symposium will be held on June 28, 2024 in New York City, NY, United States. It is an in-person event.

Important Dates

  • Application due: Feb 9, 2024 11:59 PM EST
  • Notification: April 3, 2024
  • Doctoral Symposium: June 28, 2024 (New York City, NY, USA)

Please apply by filling out the application form at https://forms.gle/w21NGS8X59N2QnMu9 by February 9, 2024.

We welcome applications from PhD students in computer science, data science, medical/health informatics, and other related fields. Successful candidates can be either senior students with concrete dissertations or junior students without full plans who may benefit from feedback from other participants.

Contact Us
Please direct questions to: info [at] chilconference.org (info[at]chilconference[dot]org) and follow us on Twitter at @CHILconference.


A calendar of upcoming events is available here.

Annual MLK Celebration

Speaker Series
Boston’s Black Business: A Conversation with Segun Idowu, Boston’s Chief Economic Opportunity & Inclusion Officer and Nicole Obi, President of Black Economic Council of MA. Monday, February 5, 11:30 AM - 1 PM, The Foundry (101 Rogers St., Cambridge, MA); register.  

Speaker Series
Embracing the Promise of a Rising Cambridge and Boston: A Conversation with Dr. Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of Embrace Boston and Rev. Willie Bodrick III J.D., President & CEO of the American City Coalition, Senior Pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church. Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 - 7:45 PM, The Foundry (101 Rogers St., Cambridge, MA); register.


The Medical Development Group Boston (MDG Boston) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care.

MDG's Mission is to contribute to the continuing development of medical devices and other medical technologies by enhancing the professional development of its members, fostering and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, serving as a forum for exploration of new business opportunities, and promoting best practices in enterprise management.

MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

We would love for you to attend and spread the word in your community!

For more information on our upcoming events, visit our website.


Boston has long been known as a medical mecca of scientific discovery. Boston’s healthcare professionals and administrators are adopting practices from other high-risk and service industries. The ‘big data’ movement is thriving, fundamentally changing our healthcare delivery systems. Digital health investments are higher than ever before. Medical hackathons and un-conferences are now an every-weekend occurrence. And both redesign and innovation promise to change medicine as we know it. It’s all happening right here, right now. But the problem is that many of us don’t know it. Despite Boston’s innovative energy and a solid medical infrastructure, many medical providers and health care entrepreneurs remain in the dark about the opportunities, events and work happening in and around the city of Boston – and across the country. That’s where we come in.

At Medtech Boston, we highlight exciting medical innovation work in and around the city of Boston. We aim to start a discussion about the most exciting and controversial new healthcare offerings, igniting a new reputation for Boston as a city with first-class medical research and patient care, but also as a city full of passionate people who use new technology to think big thoughts about medicine’s most pressing problems.

More organizational information and event postings from Medtech Boston is available here.


Future topics will be similar to the previous Brainmap season, with some talks on Optogenetics, MR-PET, BOLD physiology, ultra-high field MRI, multimodal integration, contrast agents, and many more exciting topics! Unless otherwise noted, seminars (webinars) are held on Wednesdays at noon.

Find out about Brainmap here. Sign up here for our mailing list, in order to receive notices about our upcoming seminars.

Student Opportunities


Immigration Attorney Presentation: Thurs Feb 8, 6pm to 8pm via Zoom (no registration required). Presented by Boston-based immigration law firm Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C.


The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) is currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 J-WAFS Fellowships for Water and Food Solutions. This opportunity is for MIT PhD students with research in water or food systems. Please see below for more information and help spread the word to any students in your DLC who may be interested/eligible.

Please reach out to me with any questions. Thank you, as always, for your help promoting J-WAFS funding opportunities.

J-WAFS Fellowships for Water & Food Solutions

Open to: MIT PhD students who are graduating no earlier than May of 2025 and who have passed their qualifying exams by March 1, 2024. Applications are by faculty nomination.

Deadline: 5pm ET on Friday, March 1st, 2024

MIT faculty are invited to nominate outstanding PhD students with water and/or food-related research. Fellowships cover one semester of academic funding. Students should be engaged in research focused on alleviating the problems of water supply for human need or other solutions-based research and innovation related to the water sector, or research related to food supply, agriculture, or other solutions-based research and innovation related to food systems.

Click here for more info


Advances in computing will transform human society in fundamental ways.

Some transformations may be for the worse. It may be that we lose privacy. It may be that we lose autonomy. It may be that algorithms systematically entrench unfairness. And, in the long run, weaponized AI may destroy us all. These things are eminently worth thinking about.

But some transformations may be for the better. These things are eminently worth thinking about too. Now you can win a prize for thinking about them.

The winning entry will be awarded a grand prize of $10K. In addition, two runner ups will be recognized with $5K each, and up to 12 honorable mentions will each receive $1,000.

The Assignment
In no more than 3,000 words —

  • Describe or otherwise present a particular computing-related technology that could, on balance, improve our lives.
  • Describe the particular ways in which it could improve our lives (it could be a new, yet-to-be-developed technology, or an existing technology that can be used in novel ways).
  • Describe the particular social pitfalls and dangers associated with the technology.

Explain how the net social effects could be on-balance-positive.

This prize competition is open to all presently-enrolled MIT students, undergraduate or graduate. You are free to enter as an individual or as a team. Submissions are due by midnight on February 4, 2024.

Visit the prize website for more information on how to apply and to sign up for a workshop to help with your essay.

About the Prize
Envisioning the Future of Computing Prize is presented by the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC), a cross-cutting initiative within the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, in collaboration with the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The goal of the prize is to encourage students to think in a creative, informed, and rigorous way about the societal benefits and costs of the technologies they are or will be developing.

Thank you to MAC3 Impact Philanthropies for their generous support of this year’s competition.

To learn more, visit the prize webpage. Questions? Email us at serc [at] mit.edu (subject: Envisioning%20the%20Future%20of%20Computing%20Prize, body: null) (serc[at]mit[dot]edu).


Grad students, interested in improving graduate life & community at MIT while earning a partial stipend? Apply to become a Graduate Community Fellow!

When would I start? Start dates are flexible and based on the Fellow and the hiring organization. If you’re looking for a job starting this semester, over IAP, or next semester, these openings may be a great fit for you!

What would I do? Graduate Community Fellows work on projects and assignments that enhance the graduate community at MIT in targeted, impactful ways. Each Fellow reports to a staff member in the OGE or a partner organization. See specifics below.

What are the requirements? Must meet minimal eligibility requirements and agree to the terms of appointment. Appointment periods for Fellow positions vary. All positions serve 10 hours per week, and receive compensation of $700 per month.

International students with full-time RA/TA appointments should note that there are eligibility restrictions.

Available positions are listed at the current Fellow positions page.

Some current positions are listed below; find more info on each position at the current Fellow positions page.

How do I apply? Once you’ve reviewed position details, download the application to apply. Applications for all positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to hear from you!

Questions? Contact Jessica Landry, jlandry [at] mit.edu (jlandry[at]mit[dot]edu).


Welcome! The MIT Activities Committee offers discounted tickets to the MIT community for local arts and culture, sporting events, and family activities.

Visit MITAC​ ~ Your Ticket to Fun for movies, museums, sports, theatre, music, family, seasonal & special events since 1984!

  • Online Website: https://mitac.mit.edu/
  • On campus: The MITAC Stata Center ticket office is open Tues-Fri 12-4pm.

Feel free to stop by and visit!  

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Members of the MIT community: subscribe here (at the bottom of the page) to our mailing list/newsletter to receive the latest updates delivered right to your inbox!


Fellowship Newsletter
Our Fellowship Newsletter is a monthly/bimonthly occurrence that includes upcoming opportunities and events, tips on applying to fellowships, announcements, and generally an avenue for us to relay fellowship related information. 

Interested in receiving the newsletter? Please sign up for our mailing list by clicking here. Future Graduate Fellowship Bulletins will be sent right to your email inbox.

Other financial literacy resources:


Check out the completely free iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union).

Customized for MIT, iGrad includes videos, articles, games, job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, and spending-smarts. It is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general. Find more information at https://mit.igrad.com/. We encourage everyone to sign up!

OGE website’s Financial Literacy section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/financial-literacy/

OGE website’s fellowships section: https://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/ including Fellowships Tipshttps://oge.mit.edu/finances/fellowships/fellowship-tips/

Please reach out to the OGE at grad-ed [at] mit.edu (grad-ed[at]mit[dot]edu) with questions about our workshops or our financial literacy resources.

If there are further questions about fellowships, the OGE Fellowship section can be found here, especially the Fellowships Tips content here.  


Read current and past issues of the ISO Newsletter here. For non-students, you can also subscribe to receive published copies by email.


The Office of Graduate Education (OGE)’s GradDiversity seeks to support the success of underrepresented and under-served graduate students at MIT. This takes place through a series of programs designed to strengthen recruitment, enhance community, and ignite development in academic, leadership, and professional skills.

Together with the Institute Community and Equity Office and our faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute, we are committed to fostering a more inclusive and caring climate that intellectually engages and values all members of our MIT community.

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We connect people across MIT for conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.

MIT Spouses & Partners Connect - open to significant others of MIT students, postdocs, and staff


MIT students and employees may sponsor a guest Kerberos account for their spouse or partner to establish their digital identity in MIT's systems. Once registered, the spouse or partner may activate their digital MIT ID and obtain a physical card if needed. 

Get started at https://ist.mit.edu/idPlease read the instructions carefully as there are different processes for those who live in an MIT residence and for those who live off campus.

For more information about where you can use your MIT ID card, see this page.


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Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA

The Salk Fellows Program is a path for innovative early-stage career scientists to embark on fully independent research programs as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral studies. We seek leaders who are passionate in using innovative approaches to study the frontiers of immunology and inflammation, including neuro-immunology, cancer immunology, autoimmunity, host-microbe interactions (mutualistic to pathogenic), infectious disease, immunometabolism, systems immunology, immune engineering, and other inflammatory-related diseases. The chosen candidate will join a supportive and diverse group of highly interactive faculty in the Salk NOMIS Center of Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis.

Candidates should be recent PhD or MD graduates, at most two years from graduation, with demonstrated excellence in research and leadership. Salk Fellows are typically appointed for a period of five years after a successful review at the end of year three. Salk Fellow appointees are eligible for consideration for promotion to Assistant Professor at the Salk Institute. Mentoring is key to a Salk Fellow’s success and our Fellows are supported with financial and mentoring resources that allow them to launch their independent career, recruit trainees and establish stable funding.

Salk Fellows are often interdisciplinary scientists who establish new fields and integrate diverse approaches (e.g. cutting-edge genetic and animal models, metabolic and molecular assays, computer science, mathematics, imaging, computational biology, physics, machine learning, synthetic biology or engineering) to address fundamental biological questions in the broad areas of immunology, inflammation and infectious disease described above. Prospective Fellows’ are encouraged and supported to pursue exciting and innovative science.

The Salk Institute is deeply committed to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do with a passion for discovery, service, leadership and sharing of knowledge that addresses global microbiology and immunology challenges. To support their development, Salk Fellows are provided with a faculty mentor, a mentoring committee, administrative grant-writing support, and have access to a wide range of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Education Outreach, and Engagement & Wellbeing activities. Scholars underrepresented in biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must complete an application online through Interfolio and include a current curriculum vitae, research statement, and three recommendation letters from scientists who are distinguished leaders in their fields, including one from their research advisor.  Selected referees should be able to comment in depth on candidates’ accomplishments and potential and describe the impact of their proposed research programs on their fields.  Research advisors should explain how candidates’ research is distinct from previous work conducted in their labs. Referees should also address candidates’ readiness to start and operate an independent lab and their potential to benefit from an accelerated path to an independent research career.

Applications with all required materials will be accepted until the position is filled but applications will begin being reviewed on April 1, 2024.

The expected pay range for this position is $85,000 to $100,000, $115,000 for computational roles per annum.  Salk Institute provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the institute reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

The Salk Institute is an internationally renowned research institution that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek bold and interactive leaders passionate about exploring new frontiers in science. Our collaborative community embraces diverse perspectives and unique life experiences, fostering innovation, and a sense of belonging. Together, we strive to improve the wellbeing of humanity through groundbreaking research.

Link to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/139659


Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

We invite applications for faculty positions from Indian and Foreign Nationals in Systems-level Biomedical Engineering in the following areas:

  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Medical Signal & Medical Image Processing
  • Physiological Systems Modelling
  • Data Science for Biomedical Engineering

In addition to candidates with post-doctoral academic experience, fresh PhD graduates and applicants with post-PhD industrial experience are also welcome to apply.

About Us

  • A Vibrant Research and Robust Teaching Environment
  • Academic Programs: M.Tech. (Biomedical Engineering), M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Ph.D.
  • 29 Core Faculty; 200+ Ph.D. Scholars; 45+ M.Tech.
  • Students; 60+ M.Sc. Students; 20+ Post-Docs

Any queries?
Prof. Hari Varma (harivarma [at] iitb.ac.in)
Prof. Neeta Kanekar (nkanekar [at] iitb.ac.in)

Further information can be found here.


Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the next Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. This is a rare opportunity to lead a strong and growing Biomedical Engineering school at a time when it is poised to benefit tremendously from major University initiatives. The first is Purdue University in Indianapolis - Purdue University’s first comprehensive urban campus which will be a fully integrated extension of our flagship campus in West Lafayette. This will facilitate closer and new partnerships of the Weldon School with the Indiana School of Medicine located minutes from our new downtown campus. This will provide the Weldon School faculty and students close access to the start-up and industry ecosystems in Indianapolis. The second major opportunity stems from Purdue University’s investments in the Purdue Computes initiative. This includes major investments in the Institute for Physical AI in which the application of AI for human health is one of 4 focal points. Purdue Computes also includes a $100M investment in the Birck Nanotechnology Center with upgrades to equipment for microelectronics and semiconductor fabrication. This will significantly help implantable and wearable biomedical devices work in the Weldon school and open new partnership opportunities with semiconductor and microelectronics industries.

The Weldon School has grown to over 500 students, 30 primary faculty, 30 affiliated faculty, 1,500 program alumni, with 100,000 ft² of laboratory space, $15 million of annual extramural expenditures, and an MD/PhD program with IU School of Medicine. The Weldon School has a rich history of excellence and collaboration with industry to bring impactful innovations in healthcare from research to patient use. Our fundamental research, education, and translation missions have resulted in 100 US patents, $30 million in licensing royalties, 25 start-up companies, and extramural funding from NIH, NSF, DOD and other sources, impacting 3 million patients worldwide and creating a unique and diverse experiential learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate education. A powerhouse in engineering, Purdue was recently ranked the fifth most innovative university in America by US News & World Report, and its graduate program in engineering was ranked #4 nationally. Biomedical engineering is central to this rise, with areas of excellence in biomaterials and biomechanics, computational biomedicine, imaging, instrumentation, and neuroscience, attracting top talent from around the country and internationally.

In this period of rapid growth and transformation for Purdue BME, we seek a visionary leader who has, through their accomplishments, demonstrated an understanding of the current needs and future directions of the biomedical engineering profession, and can leverage unique opportunities and partnerships in West Lafayette and Indianapolis to lead the school into the future.

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline, and meet the qualifications for appointment at the Full Professor level with tenure. Candidates will have a distinguished track-record of leading independent, competitively funded research and excellence in scholarly work. The successful candidate will also have a strong record of teaching, professional service, leadership, and outreach. The Weldon school is seeking a dynamic head with superior interpersonal and communications skills; a collaborative mindset; experience in resource management and team building; and dedication to building relationships with and between faculty, staff, students, alumni, start-ups and industry partners. Ideal candidates must be able to articulate their plans to increase the School’s preeminence within the field through:

  • Growing our research enterprise
  • Building on BME’s culture of translational innovation and taking it to the next level in terms of IP, start-ups, and industry partnerships
  • Mentoring and increasing prestigious recognitions of our faculty
  • Creating the next generation of innovative educational and training programs for undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral trainees
  • Expanding revenue streams including our philanthropic base to support the Weldon School

Interested candidates are asked to submit applications with the following:

  1. A cover letter
  2. An up-to-three-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s vision for the future of the School, relevant experience and qualifications, leadership and mentoring philosophy
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Names and contact information for at least four references (Named references will not be contacted without permission from the candidate)

A confidential review of applications will begin on November 6, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at https://bit.ly/45jDgQd.

Questions about the position can be addressed to Stephanie Ferguson, Executive Recruiter, at stephanieferguson [at] purdue.edu. Nominations are encouraged and should be submitted at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b25o7ca8NpS6HSS.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution. Purdue University, the College of Engineering, and the Dane A. Miller Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their application documents how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Purdue’s main campus is in West Lafayette, Indiana, a welcoming and diverse community with a wide variety of cultural activities, events and industries. Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program to assist new faculty and facilitate their relocation.

A background check is a requirement for this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


A joint project with FDA-NIOSH is open. It requires rapid action to fill a position that would be a type of ORISE fellowship (2 years).


The posting  is written in broad terms and does not include all the specifics and is written with emphasis on the protective equipment side. Depending on qualifications of the fellow, the project will include work with BSL1 or 2 organisms and fluorescence/RNA technology developments in addition to nano- or micro-particles and complex fluids to address a number of fundamental questions on the fragmentation from human-like exhalations and their persistence. 

The fellow will in practice spend a lot of time in our Fluids and Health Network at MIT (and primary The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory at MIT for biological work) and rest of the time in other labs at MIT-IMES and FDA in MA  and with our collaborating team involving NIOSH as well. 

Expression of interest are time-sensitive and can be done via the submission site or email to bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu) are needed this and next week as the posting will close imminently. 

For questions about the position and project contact bgadmin [at] mit.edu (bgadmin[at]mit[dot]edu).


Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), announces several post-doctoral fellowship positions. All positions are two-year, full-time fellowships that provide an opportunity for individuals who have completed a PhD or other terminal degree to gain expertise and experience in health services research broadly, with the goal of preparing for a scholarly career. All openings are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; research activities must relate to NIDILRR’s Long Range Plan.

Information about and application requirements are available on the Integrated Program in Health Services and Outcomes Research website: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/cehs/fellowships/index.html

Contact Allen Heinemann at 312.238.2920 or a-heinemann [at] northwestern.edu (a-heinemann[at]northwestern[dot]edu) for questions about eligibility and program fit. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers.


Postdoctoral training opportunities are available in Biological, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is actively recruiting talented researchers to join us for the next phase of their career. MSK is a top-ranked cancer center that consistently produces innovative research aimed at preventing, controlling, and ultimately curing cancer among other diseases. We write to actively invite your graduating or recently graduated PhD students as well as postdocs seeking more experience to apply to be a part of MSK. We’d greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word amongst your students.

At MSK, postdoctoral trainees are embedded in a scientifically invigorating environment in the heart of NYC, an exciting hub for biomedical research. Postdocs would join a vibrant community of nearly 500 others pursuing a fertile range of scientific topics, all the while developing their skills and professional potential among a diverse mix of talented colleagues.

MSK provides postdoctoral researchers with a highly competitive salary and benefits package with yearly increases; full medical, dental, and vision coverage for themselves and any eligible dependents; low-cost housing options, affordable childcare, and minimum of 12 week paid parental leave.

To learn more about the diverse laboratory specialties in SKI and in Memorial Hospital and to peruse currently open positions, please visit our Postdoctoral Opportunities page HERE and the Career portal HERE, where candidates can also upload their CV to be contacted about future opportunities.


The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers an extensive range of clinical research training opportunities to prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs are provided below. As world’s largest biomedical research agency, the NIH encourages future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.

Graduate Medical Education
NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, to include Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. In addition, we sponsor numerous "one of kind" translational medicine fellowship training programs. https://cc.nih.gov/training/gme/programs1.html

Clinical Elective Programs
Short term—4 to 12 week—clinically oriented elective rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD). https://cc.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html

Postdoctoral Research Training Awards
Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postdoc_irp

Graduate Partnerships Program
This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp


For information on EU – U.S. cooperation in doctoral and postdoctoral education opportunities for U.S. researchers and organizations. Visit IIE online at www.iie.org. Please contact the programs directly for additional information or with any questions you may have.

A quote from a recent Fulbright U.S. student, "My advice to Fulbrighters of the future is that which was given to me. Go at it with an open mind; your experience will not be anything like you predicted and will mark you indelibly, but it will be great."

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The MIT Alumni Advisors Hub is an online platform that students can use to ask for advice when they need it—from MIT alumni around the world. Students can get advice on their job and internship search, conduct a mock interview or informational interview, explore career paths and future entrepreneurial pursuits, and navigating life at MIT.

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MIT has a diverse range of career fairs, only a few of which are run by Career Advising & Professional Development. Others are managed by student organizations or academic departments. MIT students are also welcome at some fairs hosted by companies, professional organizations, and other universities.

To get the most of your career fair experience, see our Tips for Career Fair Success. You can also view the CAPD events calendar for career fair workshops.

Find out more about career fairs at MIT.


The OGE sponsors MIT's iGrad financial literacy portal, with resources to help with financial support.

The iGrad Financial Literacy platform (offered for free to the entire MIT community in collaboration with the MIT Federal Credit Union) is customized for MIT with videos, articles, games,  job board, searchable scholarship database, and interactive modules on a wide range of topics, including emergency-funding, credit card management, identity protection, spending smarts, etc. it is a great financial literacy tool for students and the MIT community in general.

More information can be found at oge.mit.edu/finances     


For those who are looking for other resources, recordings of career related workshops and sessions for grad students available here: http://capd.mit.edu

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MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is pleased to announce MIT’s subscription to The Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for PhDs considering careers beyond academia. Our subscription, generously supported by OGE, can be accessed by students and alumni via CAPD’s webpage and student CareerBridge accounts. Once students register, they can simply log in to the site directly (www.versatilephd.com)


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