Volume 25, Number 6

HST Community Notices

HELP SPREAD THE WORD - HST!

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.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: WEEKLY INSIGHT

Racial Inequality and the Staggering Toll on Life Expectancy

Each week the TWiHST newsletter includes an item (reading, video, podcast, etc.) about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM, academia, research, or medicine. Members of the community are encouraged to submit suggestions here. An archive of previous TWiHST DEI: Weekly Insight posts can be found here.

Course & Academic Resources

MIT LIBRARIES: FALL UPDATES

The library is teaching a variety of workshops this month, co-sponsoring some events, and offering some new services. 
Links to descriptions and registration on our calendar here: https://libcal.mit.edu/

The workshops and events include:

  • Data Management: File Organization – Oct 11, 12:30-2pm, zoom
  • NIH Data Management and Sharing Plans – Oct 18, 1-2pm, zoom
  • Legal issues in Computational Research using text and data mining, Oct 23, 12-1:30, in person Hayden Library Nexus **please register for lunch
  • Finding information in EE and CS – Oct 24, 1-2pm, zoom
  • “Imagining Neuroscience” journal editors panel discussing moving a journal to open access, Oct 26, 10-11am, zoom
  • Introduction to literature reviews, Oct 26, 1-2pm, in person 14N-132
  • GIS Level 1, introduction to mapping, Oct 27, 10a-12pm, in person 7-238
  • Organize your research: get started with citation management, Oct 27, 1-2pm, zoom
  • GIS level 2, introduction to spatial analysis, Nov 3, 10a-12pm, in person 7-238
  • Open Data@MIT Oct. 24:  You’re invited to a special Open Access Week event to highlight the value of open data at MIT and to celebrate the winners of the 2023 MIT Prize for Open Data.
  • MIT (Mysterious) Book Exchange:,  Join us Oct. 27 to browse cherished books recommended by MIT students, colleagues, and friends, and take one home for free! 

Collections & Services:

  • Text and data mining tools guide:  Have a look at our growing set of resources to enable computational access to collections.
  • Rotch Library 24 hour access pilot:  24/7 access to Rotch’s first floor, provided via tap card access starting at 6 pm during the week and on the weekends.  Libraries now provide 24 hour access to all major library locations. 

HEALTH EQUITY VENTURE CREATION INFO SESSION & PANEL

Health Equity Venture Creation Info Session & Panel

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • 4:30-6pm | iHQ (E38) 4th floor
  • Doors open at 4pm; activities start at 4:30pm
  • REGISTER TODAY

Gain entrepreneurial skills to do good in the world of healthcare or public health! Learn about several of the many MIT experiential learning programs that explore health equity through a social impact venture creation lens and hear directly from students and program alums about their experiences. This session will highlight programs from PKG Public Service Center and Sandbox Innovation Fund.

This will be a great opportunity for students to hear directly from MIT students (undergrad and MBA) and an alumna about their experiences pursuing social impact in healthcare through various projects and startups. Meet other students interested in this space, and maybe walk away with a teammate to apply to IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge

GRAD WORKSHOPS ON TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP (2023)

The Graduate Program in Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to announce our Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Workshop Series for Fall 2023.

We invite you to register and attend our series, which count toward satisfying requirements toward our certificate. The workshops will be held from 5pm-7pm in 32-144 with exception of November 8*, which will be held over Zoom.

GradEL Workshops Fall 2023:

  • MIT PhD to Venture-Backed Startup: A Case Study of a Make-or-Break Decision
    Shreya Dave, Co-founder & CEO, Via Separations (October 11, 5-7pm, 32-144)
    Work through a challenging bet-the-company decision and learn what actually happened.
  • Investigating Leadership and Engineering Through Film and Media: The Making of the Atomic Bomb
    Chris Boebel, Producer and Multimedia Development Manager; Andrew Silver, Producer; and David Gute, Professor, Tufts University (November 8, 5-7pm, Zoom)        Discuss leadership and moral responsibility around the Manhattan Project through the Oppenheimer film and BBC mini-series.
  • How to Empower and Inspire Yourself and Others When Things Get Tough
    Di Ye, Lecturer, GradEL (November 30, 5-7pm, 32-144)
    Explore coaching tools that will take your performance, relationships, and teamwork to the next level.

*If you are interested in registering for one or all of our workshops, please email Lisa Stagnone alstag [at] mit.edu (lstag[at]mit[dot]edu)

HST.590 LECTURE SCHEDULE

HST.590: The Social Context of Healthcare - Fall 2023
Meets E25-117 Selected Thursdays 4:30–6:30pm

Schedule of Lectures and Course Events:

  • October 12, 2023
    - Grand Hack
  • October 19, 2023
    - Michelle Bordeu, MPH; VP Public Health Programs and AIDS Action for Fenway Health
    (The social context of addiction, development of safe needle exchange programs in Boston)
    - Madelyn Murphy, MSW; Deputy Director MassHealth, Mental Healthcare Access
  • October 26, 2023
    - Dr. Mary Fleming; Co-Founder of Cayaba (The social and global context of maternal health)
    (Full 2 hours)
  • November 2, 2023
    - No class
  • November 9, 2023
    -
    Dr. Haider Warraich; Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease, Food and Drug Administration
    (Full 2 Hours)
  • November 16, 2023
    - No class
  • November 23, 2023
    - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30, 2023
    - Dr. Jim O’Connell; President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless (The social context of housing and homeless in healthcare)
    (Full 2 Hours)

MIT COMMUNITY WELLNESS CLASSES AND RESOURCES

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.

Mindfulness classes
Noon Unwind – Register here
Tuesdays 12-12:15
A midday break to relax and reset with stretching and meditation
Register once and attend via Zoom as often as you wish

4:45 Unwind – Register here
Thursdays 4:45-5 pm
An end-of day transition with stretching and meditation
Register once and attend via Zoom as often as you wish

Monday Mindfulness Mini-course – Register here
Mondays 4:30-5 pm (four sessions)
Meditation skills, breathing practices, and stress relief for mind and body
September 25, October 2, 16, 23 (no class on October 9 holiday) 

Questions? Contact Zan Barry, Community Wellness at MIT Medical at bars [at] med.mit.edu (bars[at]med[dot]mit[dot]edu)

Don’t see what you are looking for? Email wellness [at] med.mit.edu (wellness[at]med[dot]mit[dot]edu) with any questions about wellness programs at MIT.

MIT WRITING AND COMMUNICATION CENTER (WCC)

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.

Schedule Consultations with the Writing and Communication Center!

When: Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm (except institute holidays)
Location: 18-233 (50 Ames Street, room 233) or by Zoom
Website: https://cmsw.mit.edu/writing-and-communication-center/
Contact: writing-center [at] mit.edu (writing-center[at]mit[dot]edu)

The Writing and Communication Center (WCC) is open for scheduling in-person and remote consultations. We offer free one-on-one help with your written and oral work including research papers, fellowship applications, dissertations, and presentations. We provide support at all stages of the writing and communication process: from brainstorming to the final draft. We can help you make progress through writer’s blocks including procrastination, perfectionism, demoralization, and imposter stress. To learn more about the WCC, check our website and make an appointment at https://mit.mywconline.com. See you at the WCC soon!

UPCOMING EVENTS FROM THE TEACHING + LEARNING LAB (TLL)

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

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

TLL Inclusive Teaching Track

About the Program
In this track of workshops, we will discuss the relevant scholarly literature as we identify concrete strategies to cultivate equitable and welcoming classrooms where students from all backgrounds can thrive. Participants will practice reflecting on their own experiences and perspectives while learning effective strategies to be responsive to the diversity in their classrooms. By the end of the track, participants will be able to apply an inclusive-classroom framework to create concrete and equitable teaching practices and learning activities.

Workshop Schedule

  • Inclusive Teaching as a Mindset: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 1 – 3 pm
  • Principles and Strategies in Inclusive Teaching: Thursday, November 7, 2023, 1 – 3 pm

For more information about the Teaching Tracks and how to earn a certificate, go to our Grad Teaching Development Tracks page.

Applications open Monday, October 9 at noon and must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, October 12. If you have additional questions or encounter difficulty with the application, please contact Dan Nocivelli

 APPLY 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 COURSES AND EVENTS

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.

HARVARD INNOVATION LABS CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

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

Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

TUFTS CTSI'S TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE DAY IN BOSTON

Register Now for Tufts CTSI's Translational Science Day in Boston on Monday, October 16!

Translational Science Day 2023"Advancing Health Equity through Translational Science" is less than two weeks away in Boston on the Tufts Health Sciences campus!

Register now to hear keynote talks from Dr. Robert Califf, FDA Commissioner, and Dr. Michael Kurilla, Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS.

The program also features lightning talks on healthy AI, diversifying clinical trial recruitment, and decomposition and causal inference from researchers from MIT, Kaiser Permanente, and Johns Hopkins. Back this year is an afternoon poster session spotlighting clinical and translational research from across Tufts CTSI partners, and an interactive research studio.

The full symposium agenda is available on our website.

We look forward to seeing all of you on Monday, October 16 at the Center for Medical Education, 145 Harrison Ave, Boston. 

SEMINAR ON VACCINE DEVELOPMENT WITH ILLUMINA

MIT Biotech Group is hosting the Vaccine Development Seminar #1 on Tuesday, Oct 10th, 4-5 pm at Stata Center (32-141)!

Join us for a seminar series on vaccine development. Industry professionals will discuss their perspectives on the future of the field, potential opportunities, and the role of new technologies in driving innovation. This is an opportunity to learn from those actively shaping this rapidly evolving area.

Oath Pizza provided

Please RSVP here!

MIT HACKING MEDICINE BENCH2BEDSIDE HACKATHON

Join MIT Hacking Medicine Bench2Bedside Hackathon!
Sponsored in part by: MIT VMS & NSF I-Corps @ MIT 

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023 (9am-6pm)
  • MIT Innovation Headquarters (iHQ - Building E38) in Cambridge, MA.

Want to brainstorm ways to spin out your research to a venture? Don’t know where to start, or looking for like-minded researchers and entrepreneurs?

Tackle healthcare’s toughest pain points alongside other MIT/Harvard researchers, business students, engineers & entrepreneurs who aspire to advance research-driven ventures.

Participating in this hackathon will provide you with introductions to key resources for your future ventures, such as MIT Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) and NSF’s funding programs and accelerators America’s Seed Fund (SBIR). Kick off your journey into entrepreneurial programs and get preferential consideration in NSF’s Spark and NSF innovation CORPs (iCORPs) programs. The top two teams at the hackathon will be awarded $500.  

How Can I Participate?
Apply here
and forward to your labmates, friends & colleagues! Applications due by October 8th 11:59 ET.

Wait, What Even is a Hackathon?
Never been to a healthcare hackathon? Check out this video to learn more!

Learn more about MIT Hacking Medicine and our healthcare specific hackathon model with this video!

MLK SCHOLAR PRESENTATION

MLK Scholar Presentation: "Resolving the singularity: my journey as a black cosmologist"

  • Thursday, October 12 · 12 - 1pm EDT (Hybrid, In-person Location: TBD)

Synopsis: Cosmology stands as one of the most ancient disciplines known to humanity. Every civilization has wrestled with the profound quest to comprehend our position within the vast expanse of the Universe and to weave our existence into the tapestry of the Cosmos.

It thus raises the question: why do so few minority scholars populate this field?

As the eighth woman to earn a PhD in theoretical physics in the US, and the single black woman in every group König has been a part of, she offers her unique experiences and insight on the current status of the field and how to bridge the racial gap.

Morgane König is a postdoctoral fellow in theoretical cosmology at MIT and at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on the study of the universe as a whole, from the era of inflation to the present. Born and raised in Paris, she holds an SB in Mathematics and Physics and an MS in Cosmology, both degrees from Pierre and Marie Curie University. In 2021, König earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of California, Davis, where she worked with Professor Nemanja Kaloper, making her the ninth Black woman to ever complete a doctorate in theoretical physics in the United States, and the first Black student to earn a PhD in physics from UC Davis.

This event is hybrid. Please choose your ticket accordingly.

We are committed to making this event fully accessible to everyone who wants to attend. Please let us know if there is anything you need to participate fully in this event by e-mailing vulfp [at] mit.edu.

Sign up for tickets here.

INNOVATORS IN THERAPEUTICS SPEAKER SERIES

Please join us on October 17th at 12 pm ET for the Innovators in Therapeutics Speaker Series, a virtual event that welcomes students and trainees in academia interested in learning about the challenges and successes of bringing novel drugs and devices to market. Our distinguished guest is Dr. Michael Rosenblatt, Senior Advisor at Flagship Pioneering.

Register here!

Dr. Rosenblatt will discuss his career journey from academia to pharmaceutical industry, leadership and education, and how to structure organizations for serial innovation. Students and trainees are invited to come with questions and engage directly with the speaker.

About the Speaker:
Michael Rosenblatt, MD is a Senior Advisor to Flagship Pioneering, Bain Capital Life Sciences, and Ascenta Capital. He has held major leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and biotech/venture. He was Chief Medical Officer of Merck and of Flagship Pioneering. In academia, Dr. Rosenblatt was Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

ACCELERATE HEALTH CONFERENCE - BOSTON, MA

On October 11th in Boston, Massachusetts, Worth Media and KPMG will be presenting Accelerate Health, a day-long conference dedicated to conversations about how technological advancements can accelerate progress toward a healthier society. 

As a group focused on health sciences and technologies, we are reaching out to invite you and one other to join us at the conference with complimentary tickets. In addition, we would like to extend the invite to the entire Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technologies group and offer substantially discounted tickets of $49 (usually $299).

Complimentary registration is available for students.
For complimentary registration visit: https://techonomy.com/registration/accelerate-23-comp-registration/.

Accelerate Health will convene a group of health and life sciences innovators, providers, pharmaceutical executives and tech entrepreneurs who will cover a range of topics including the next generation of biotech investments, accelerating drug discovery and development, innovations in maternal and reproductive health, and the role of AI in healthcare. You can learn more about the event here.

Some of our confirmed speakers include:

HSI LUNCH SEMINAR SERIES: DYNAMICS OF THE US HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WITH DR. ANTHONY DOWIDOWICZ

Overview of the US healthcare system:  Dynamics, Challenges, and Opportunities  

  • Wednesday October 18, 2023 
  • 11:30am-1pm
  • E62-350  
  • RSVP at SloanGroups

Lunch will be provided.      

Meeting Zoom link

There are enormous challenges facing the failing, fragmented US health system.  Despite being an advanced economy, we spend $4.3T on healthcare which represents roughly 20% of our GDP – far more than any other nation.  Despite this, costs accelerate, and outcomes are lackluster. For these same reasons, there are enormous opportunities to impact lives and elevate health.  This presentation will offer an overview of the US health care system geared to the non-healthcare entrepreneur seeking to advance their understanding of the industry and successfully navigate the landscape.

Dr. Anthony Dowidowicz serves as the Executive Medical Director of Regence BlueCross BlueShield and is an emergency physician by clinical training.  In addition to his medical degree, Anthony received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he spent additional time pursing advanced research in system dynamics.  He is the founder of the MIT Sloan Physicians Group and serves on the Health System Initiative Board. 

MESOSCALE BRAIN MAPPING SYMPOSIUM

The Center for Mesoscale Mapping in the Martinos Center at MGH and the HST-based Neuroimaging Training Program are pleased to announce “Mesoscale Brain Mapping: Bridging Scales and Modalities in Neuroimaging,” a one-day, in person symposium bringing together researchers using a range of imaging techniques to study brain function at the intersection of the micro- and macro- scales.  Together we will explore the frontiers of our ability to visualize and quantify circuitry within a cortical column, between thalamic nuclei, and use these techniques to improve our understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders. This Symposium is for you whether you are an established investigator or an aspiring trainee, whether you work in pre-clinical models or with patients, whether you are clinician or basic scientist.

The symposium will offer:

  • Featured presentations on cutting edge research
  • A fireside chat with Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD
  • A poster session
  • Panel discussions led by our senior faculty, with audience participation encouraged
  • Flash oral abstract presentations

When: October 10, 2023

Where: The Assembly Row campus of Mass General Brigham, 399 Revolution Dr, Somerville, MA 02145.

Featured Speakers: Elizabeth Hillman, PhD; Laura Lewis, PhD; Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD; Jon Polimeni, PhD; Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD; Anastasia Yendiki, PhD

Moderators and Panelists: Randy Gollub, MD, PhD; Susie Huang, MD, PhD; Shahin Nasr, PhD; Roger Tootell, PhD; Brian Edlow, MD; Berkin Bilgic, PhD; Bruce Fischl, PhD; Aapo Nummenmaa, PhD; Larry Wald, PhD; Hui Wang, PhD

Symposium Organizers: Randy Gollub, MD, PhD; Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD; Larry Wald, PhD; Jonathan Polimeni, PhD; Bruce Fischl, PhD; Hui Wang,PhD; Susie Huang, MD, PhD; Aappo Nummenmaa, PhD; Meher Juttukonda, PhD; Matthew Sacchet, PhD; Amelia Kathryn Strom; Vivek Gopalakrishnan; Mark David Olchanyi

Registration is free, but space is limited. Be sure to register as soon as you are committed to attend.

For more information: Questions? Email sladieu [at] mgh.harvard.edu (sladieu[at]mgh[dot]harvard[dot]edu).

AIMBE PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE FOR STUDENTS & POST DOCS

AIMBE is bringing back its highly acclaimed Public Policy Training Institute for Rising Leaders on October 30-31, 2023, in Washington, DC. This workshop informs undergraduate and graduate students and post docs about the policy landscape that surrounds the scientific enterprise. Top government officials, industry representatives, and senior leaders at the FDA and NIH will lead small-group discussions.  For the very first time, AIMBE will host this event in the historic Rayburn Building in the U.S. House of Representatives – setting the stage for an unmatched experience. 

Registration and program details can be found here.

This institute is exclusively available to the AIMBE Academic Council. HST is a member of that council.

NORTHEAST SYMPOSIUM ON BIOMEDICAL OPTICS (NESBO)

Registration is now open for the Northeast Symposium on Biomedical Optics (NESBO) to be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at MIT E25-111.

NESBO is a symposium organized by postdocs and graduate students where similarly early career scientists give invited talks about their research in the general area of biomedical imaging and sensing. The symposium is also a networking and professional development opportunity for early career scientists. This year's sessions in biomedical optics include: neurophotonics, translational biomedical optics, and coherent imaging at different scales.

Also included in NESBO is a poster competition (with prizes!), a panel discussion on how to choose between a career path in academia vs. industry, and a networking event at a nearby venue following the symposium (drink and food provided!).

All graduate students and postdocs are welcome to register whether they are in the field of biomedical optics or just looking to learn more.

Check out the agenda and register FREE at the link below!

https://octresearch.org/nesbo-23-tuesday-october-10/

SAVE THE DATE: VERTEX SYMPOSIUM - OCTOBER 27, 2023

Communities Reimagine Health, Safety, and Justice: Working at the Intersection of Abolition and Public Health

On 2021, the American Public Health Association adopted “Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System” a policy statement that outlines strategies for “moving toward the abolition of carceral systems and building in their stead just and equitable structures that advance the public’s health.” 

On October 27, 2023, the Vertex Symposium returns for a free, hybrid program on the topic Communities Reimagine Health, Safety, and Justice: Working at the Intersection of Abolition and Public Health. In this day-long convening, we explore how communities, advocates, scholars, and policymakers are working at the intersection of abolition and public health to create an antiracist future where everyone thrives.

This is a free in-person and online event. Registration will open soon.

Find more event and schedule information here.

UPCOMING INSTITUTE COMMUNITY & EQUITY OFFICE (ICEO) EVENTS

A calendar of upcoming events is available here.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP BOSTON - EVENTS

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.

MEDTECH BOSTON INFORMATION SOURCE & CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.

BRAINMAP SEMINARS

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

MIT SCIENCE POLICY REVIEW - RECRUITING AUTHORS/EDITORS

The MIT Science Policy Review (SPR) is a researcher-run, peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes science policy reviews annually (see our latest volume). Our goal is to impartially review policies that address current issues and bridge the gap between scientists, policymakers, and the public.

We are recruiting authors and associate editors for our 5th volume, which will be published August 2024! If you’re interested in publishing on emerging tech and policy, or want to learn more about the editorial process, please APPLY HERE (more detailed information can be found on the application and in the attached solicitation)! The application deadline is 5pm ET on October 16th.

MIT BIOTECH GROUP AND NEST.BIO LABS PITCH COMPETITION

Hatch [at] Nest.Bio (Hatch[at]Nest[dot]Bio) Pitch Competition
Sponsored by the MIT Biotech Group and Nest.Bio Labs 

  • Friday, November 3, 2023; 5-9 pm; Tang Auditorium
  • Apply to win up to $15k of lab space for your startup!
  • Apply here with this short application by October 25th!

The MIT Biotech Group and Nest.Bio Labs are excited to present the first-ever Hatch [at] Nest.Bio (Hatch[at]Nest[dot]Bio) pitch competition. Working on an early-stage biotech startup idea and need some lab space? Apply now for the chance to win 3 months or $15k of lab space for your startup, provided by Nest.Bio Labs. Around 10 companies will be selected to pitch to a live audience on November 3. 

Nest.Bio Labs is a local incubator with over 40,000 square feet of laboratory and office space across multiple countries, all designed specifically to support revolutionary biotechnology ventures. They support growing life sciences companies with scalable laboratory and office infrastructure. Founded by MIT alumni with a focus on what really matters—state-of-the-art equipment, efficient operation, and world-class companies—Nest.Bio Labs has rapidly become the premier headquarters for high-potential biotechnology ventures.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FROM MIT'S J-WAFS

MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) currently has three funding opportunities available to the MIT community. Please consider applying if eligible, or sharing with any relevant parties in your departments, labs, or centers. Information and links are below, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

  • J-WAFS Water and Food Grand Challenge Grant: Funding for an interdisciplinary, collaborative project to address a significant problem in water and food for human use, specifically in the context of climate change. Up to $1.5M over 2-3 years will be awarded to one project, with an anticipated start date of Sept. 1, 2024 or Jan. 1, 2025. We will hold workshops this fall to explore potential research topics and help teams form, after which brief statements of interest will be due in December. Based on these, J-WAFS will invite selected teams to submit concept papers. Following an external review process, two to three final proposals will be invited. Must sign up for our Grand Challenge mailing list for up-to-date information and forthcoming schedule of workshops. Find complete information by clicking here
  • J-WAFS Grant for Transforming Animal Agriculture Systems: Grants in the range of $15-25K will be awarded to selected recipients with projects addressing issues associated with industrial food animal production (IFAP). Open to MIT faculty, research staff, and students (grad and undergrad). Deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, October 30th, 2023
  • J-WAFS Grant for Water and Food Projects in India: Grants of up to $15K for current members of the MIT community interested in addressing a water or food-related challenge in India. Open to MIT faculty, research staff, and students (grad and undergrad). Deadline: 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, October 30th, 2023

MIT-HARVARD ASMA / AMSRO CHAPTER INTEREST

I am collecting interest in starting an MIT (and possibly Harvard via HST) chapter for the Aerospace Medicine Student and Resident Organization (AMSRO), which is the student component of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), under the advising of Professor Lonnie Petersen of the Aerospace Physiology Laboratory.

The goal would be to build community across schools, departments, disciplines, and laboratories for the field of Aerospace Medicine. Furthermore, I would hope to create a community that spans undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, medical students, and residents. MIT has continued to play a major role in the field of Human Spaceflight across several decades, and considering our partnership with Harvard through the Health Sciences and Technology program, I believe we have a significant but dispersed population within this small field across several levels of schooling that could benefit from coming together and being recognized as a formal chapter. 

If an MIT-Harvard AMSRO chapter is something you would be potentially interested in joining, or would even assist in leading/starting as an exec member, please fill out this form.

Furthermore, if you have recommendations for how to go about starting this, such as other potentially interested groups outside of MIT AeroAstro, I, limited to the undergraduate perspective, would greatly appreciate the advice.

NUCLEATE 2024 PANEL DISCUSSION & ACTIVATOR

Upcoming Virtual Panel Discussion: “How to turn an idea into a company”
Join us as we speak with biotech pioneers George Church, Claire Aldridge, and Ben Lamm to discuss how big ideas can become viable life science companies. These prolific entrepreneurs will share key insights about the early stages of startup and the origins of Colossal Biosciences, the company tackling de-extinction with breakthrough genetic engineering. Don’t miss this rare opportunity that is especially geared toward academic trainees! Happening Thursday, October 12th, 2023 from 2-3 PM ET.

REGISTER NOW

Nucleate’s exclusive six-month Activator program, for academics only.
Are you an academic trainee (Post-doc/PhD/MBA/MD/JD) interested in building a life science startup? Are you passionate about therapeutics, diagnostics, medtech, or synthetic biology? How about food, energy, agriculture, or consumer products? Our hands-on program is designed to help prepare academic trainees launch their biotech startups by working with our global network of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry mentors. Teams who make it through our final round of interviews will have access to exclusive funding opportunities plus other perks and prizes. Open applications are due October 15th, 2023.

APPLY FOR ACTIVATOR

About Nucleate
Nucleate is a student-run nonprofit organization that facilitates the formation of new life science ventures [see our stories in STAT and  Endpoints]. Our equity-free program supports companies that tackle the biggest challenges in human health (Bio Track) and sustainability (Eco Track). The Activator connects scientific trainees and business students with a world-class advisor network of startup founders, executives, venture investors, and renowned scientists. Nucleate operates in partnership with [the Harvard & MIT Biotech clubs] as well as several other student groups in the [Boston] area.

Strong Track Record
Over five years, Nucleate has supported over 250 venture teams through our Activator program. Our alumni have gone on to raise over $200M in funding to develop technologies like protein sequencing (Glyphic), drug design (Manifold Bio), microbiome- (Concerto) and RNA-based (NextRNA) therapeutics, microbial fertilizer (Ivu Biologics) and biomanufacturing (FarmForward).

Apply
Apply here before October 15th, 2023Visit our website to learn more, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

HARVARD GSAS SCIENCE IN THE NEWS BLOG - MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Science in the News Blog is looking for writers, speakers, and graphic designers who want to write about, present, and share cool science for a general audience! We accept interested people of all experience levels and our blog gets ~8,000 readers/day, so this is a great way to get your voice out there!

Sign up for our listserv here to be in the know!

Longform Blog - Writers Wanted
Longform Blog Writers will work on their articles (~1,000 words long) with editors and graphics designers over a two-month period. If you’re interested in honing your writing skills and/or sharing one of your favorite scientific stories with the world, please fill out this short Google Form to provide us with some basic information; it’s not necessary to have a topic chosen when you sign up. Shortly after registration, you’ll be contacted to schedule when your article will be edited and published. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to working with you! Feel free to reach out (sitnbostonblog [at] gmail.com (sitnbostonblog[at]gmail[dot]com)) if you have any questions!

Seminar Series - Presenters Wanted
This year we are hosting a series of 5 seminars open to the public! But we need YOU! If you have any scientific discovery or story you think is super neat, relevant, or awe inspiring we want you! See more details and apply here. If you have questions reach out to sitnseminarseries [at] gmail.com (subject: Seminar%20Series%20Presenter) (sitnseminarseries[at]gmail[dot]com.) Application Due September 31st.

Shortform Blog - Correspondent Opening
Correspondents take recent scientific articles of general interest and paraphrase it for a wide audience.  Working closely with a SITN editor, writers choose an article and write a short ~300 word piece about once a month.  If you're interested in a great opportunity to hone your writing skills and share your excitement for science, please email sitnbostonshortform [at] gmail.com (sitnbostonshortform[at]gmail[dot]com).   

Longform Blog - Editors Wanted
Do you feel strongly about syntax, diction, or the Oxford comma? Or are you more of a “big picture” type of person? In either case, you’re in luck: the Science in the News (SITN) blog is looking for editors—no experience necessary!

The SITN blog aims to bridge the communication gap between scientists and the general public by providing insights into trending scientific stories. As an editor, you (and your team) will provide feedback on articles written by fellow graduate students. You will also have the opportunity to work directly with authors from the topic selection stage to final publication. Editing teams typically review one article per month, so the time commitment (4-6 hours/month) is very manageable.

If you’re interested in becoming an editor for the SITN blog, please fill out this brief Google form! Feel free to reach out to sitnbostonblog [at] gmail.com (subject: Editor%20Position) (sitnbostonblog[at]gmail[dot]com) if you have any questions.

Seminar Series - Coordinators Wanted
Do you want behind the scenes access to our seminar series? Have you been told you are good at providing feedback? Do you love learning about stories from across many fields of science? Join our Seminar Coordination team! Coordinators work 1-1 with Seminar presenters to help craft their vision into a beautiful presentation. Time commitment (2-6 h / month) comes down to 1-2 nights in a semester. Application here, no experience necessary. If you have questions reach out to sitnseminarseries [at] gmail.com (subject: Seminar%20Series%20Coordinator) (sitnseminarseries[at]gmail[dot]com.)

Executive Board - Open Positions
If you made it down here, you are exactly the person who would do great helping out with executing the vision of SiTN. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

- Treasurer(s)
- Secretary(s)
- Webmaster(s)
- Beacon Hills Seminar Series Director(s) - rekindle our collaboration with the local Beacon Hill Seminar group
- Harvard Seminar Series Vice-Director(s) - help organize and mold the seminar series at Harvard
- Science By the Pint Series Director(s) - take a lab out to a brewery to talk science over some bar food
- New initiatives?

Email sitnboston [at] gmail.com (subject: Executive%20Board%20Position) (sitnboston[at]gmail[dot]com)

FLARE CAPITAL PARTNERS – 2024 FLARE CAPITAL SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Passionate about transforming healthcare through technology? Applications are now open to join the growing community of Flare Scholars – 300+ of the industry’s rising founders, operators, investors, and innovators in healthcare. The Flare Capital Scholar Program is a development program for healthcare enthusiasts interested in learning about how VC works, and especially valuable for aspiring leaders with entrepreneurial ambitions or interest in joining early-stage startups. Want to learn more? A virtual informational session is scheduled for October 13(12pm – 1pm ET, Zoom). To apply, click here.

About Flare Capital: Flare Capital Partners is the leading early-stage healthcare venture capital firm advancing innovation-driven companies to improve health outcomes, broaden care access, and lower healthcare costs. We partner with exceptional founders solving healthcare’s hardest challenges, supporting each with our deep sector expertise, unparalleled industry resources, and proven access to commercial opportunities. Our team of established investors and senior operating executives has invested in 50+ companies and has nearly $1 billion in assets under management. To learn more about Flare Capital Partners, visit our website.

STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: SCHAEFER LAB (BWH)

The Schaefer Laboratory is looking for motivated graduate students who are interested in conducting lab-based research – applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Our translational research efforts are centered on the biology, genetics, and molecular mechanisms of sarcomas with the goal to develop novel therapeutics. We use a combination of genomic, structural, functional, and multiplexed imaging studies to uncover the biologic mechanisms driving sarcoma oncogenesis. One major focus of our current research efforts is to decipher the mechanisms of cell cycle perturbations in sarcoma, paving the way for the discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Please reach out to Dr. Schaefer if you are interested in working in a collaborative, supportive, and inspiring environment dedicated to translational sarcoma research.

We’d love to have you join!

Email: ischaefer [at] bwh.harvard.edu (ischaefer[at]bwh[dot]harvard[dot]edu)

Twitter: @im_schaefer

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/inga-marie-schaefer/

Website: https://schaeferlab.bwh.harvard.edu/

KOCH INSTITUTE IMAGE AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN

The 2024 KI Image Awards competition is now OPEN.

Submissions should be sent along with accompanying information to kigalleries [at] mit.edu (kigalleries[at]mit[dot]edu) —the deadline for submission is October 16, 2023.  

All MIT students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate and each contributor may submit up to five high-resolution images taken as part of their original MIT research. 

Winning images will appear in the 2024 Image Awards exhibition, opening in May 2024 with lightning talks given by the image creators.

Details and information form are available at https://ki.mit.edu/image-awards.

GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOWS POSITIONS

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).

MITAC OPPORTUNITIES

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!

OFFICE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION - FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOPS & FINANCIAL LITERACY RESOURCES

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:

iGrad!

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.  

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICE NEWSLETTER

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

MIT GRAD DIVERSITY & ICEO NEWSLETTERS

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.

Sign up for the GradDiversity Newsletter here.

Sign up for the ICEO Newsletter here.

MIT SPOUSES & PARTNERS CONNECT AND MIT LANGUAGE CONVERSATION EXCHANGE

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

KERBEROS and ID CARDS for SPOUSES & PARTNERS

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.

EVENTS FOR NEWCOMERS

The best way to stay up to date on all of our events and activities is to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Private Consult with MS&PC Staff
Facilitated by Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, this private appointment via Zoom or in-person is a time to ask questions, voice concerns, and reimagine your life here in Boston. We can spend the time talking about whatever is on your mind - from job search and career development to navigating a new city to figuring out how to make your experience in Boston productive and meaningful.

Appointments will be available at various times during the week.

Book a 30-minute private Zoom or in-person appointment here: https://mspc.youcanbook.me/

FALL PREVIEW

Subscribe to our email newsletter or visit our event calendar for all of the dates and details

  • Weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 2pm starting September 13
  • Career Connect Communications Group starting mid-September
  • For Parents – Open Swim, Music Classes, Kids Clothing Exchange
  • English Conversation Group on Fridays
  • Monthly Crafternoons
  • MS&PC Professional Development Fund
  • And much more…

BEST WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT OUR EVENTS

MIT Language Conversation Exchange - open to all members of the MIT community

Save the Date for our Fall Events – Meet Eat Speak!

Practice a language with a group of native speakers and other language learners, meet other language enthusiasts, and learn about the LCE.

  • 12 noon in 10-105 on October 2, November 13, December 11 (lunch provided)
  • 5pm in 10-105 on September 21, October 20 (snacks provided)          

How to find a conversation partner at MIT so you can practice a language you are learning or want to improve with a native speaker.

Visit our websitehttp://lce.mit.edu

  • Search and contact native speakers of languages you want to practice for one-on-one conversation held at your convenience
  • Watch this video to learn how our website works

Join our Slack Spacehttps://bit.ly/lce-slack

  • Join or create channels for the languages you are interested in
  • Practice your writing skills while meeting other people at MIT who share your language interests

Subscribe to our newsletterhttps://lce.mit.edu/subscribe

  • Stay informed about upcoming small group meetings & events

GET IN TOUCH WITH THE LCE

Email us at lce [at] mit.edu (lce[at]mit[dot]edu)

Follow us on Facebook @MITLCE

Visit our calendar

COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETIN

At the heart of the MIT mission statement is a call to serve the nation and the world—and this charge is embodied by the MIT Public Service Center. Every year, we send thousands of students into communities locally, across the nation, and around the globe to apply their skills and knowledge for the betterment of humankind. In the Institute's best traditions of hands-on experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative problem solving, these students donate their time, create new technologies, form communities and companies—and ultimately change lives everywhere they go.

As part of MIT's Division of Student Life, we provide a central point of communication and support for the outreach and humanitarian efforts of the MIT community. We engage students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities.

Sign up for the weekly Community Service Bulletin of Events and Programs here.

News and upcoming events are posted on the homepage.

Professional Opportunities

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BRIGHTEDGE ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM APPLICATION OPEN

The American Cancer Society BrightEdge has an open application period for its Entrepreneurs Program. 

More info and application can be found at: Home | BrightEdge (acsbrightedge.org)

The application period closes on November 17. 

SENIOR BIOPHARMACEUTICAL ANALYST POSITION OPPORTUNITY

Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the global asset management subsidiary of Ameriprise Financial, is seeking a Biopharmaceutical Analyst to be based in Boston, MA or New York, NY.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct primary research on the broader industry and specific companies through key opinion leader calls, earnings calls, management interactions, company visits, medical meetings, and sell-side events.
  • Find clinically relevant innovations that could lead to large market opportunities.
  • Formulate hypothesis on therapeutic innovations and identify investment ideas that can best leverage the hypothesis.
  • Identify and maintain clinical catalyst calendar including clinical trial data, regulatory events or other important events relevant to the industry.
  • Proactively work with healthcare team analysts and portfolio managers to formulate thesis on investment ideas.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of dedicated clinical, laboratory or patient care experience at an academic institution or industry participant such as a drug development company or contract service clinical provider

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MD/PhD or equivalent in the sciences, clinical science or medicine
  • MBA and/or CFA
  • 7-10 years' experience preferred.
  • Tacit understanding of clinical trial design and drug pathways
  • Ability to analyze preclinical and clinical data and adjudicate trial conduct.
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills
  • Experience as a buy-side equity analyst
  • Ability to create detailed financial models, valuation analysis, and written reports to support stock recommendations.

About Our Company
We’re a diversified financial services leader with more than $1 trillion in assets under management and administration. Our team of 20,000 people in more than 20 countries advise, manage and protect the assets and income of more than 2 million individual, small business and institutional clients. We are a long-standing leader in financial planning and advice, a global asset manager and an insurer. Our unwavering focus on our clients and strong financial foundation connects each of our unique businesses - Ameriprise Financial Services, Columbia Threadneedle Investments and RiverSource Insurance and Annuities. Here, we foster meaningful careers, invest in the future, and make a difference for clients, institutions and communities around the world.

Additional information: Senior Analyst Biopharmaceutical, Boston, Massachusetts / New York, New York | Ameriprise Careers

FDA-NIOSH-MIT ORISE: OPEN POSITION

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).

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/FDA-ORA-2023-04

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 AND SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP OPENINGS

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.

MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER - RECRUITING POSTDOCS - APPLY NOW

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.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

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

IIE EU - U.S.  EDUCATION COOPERATION FOR RESEARCHERS

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."

Career & Financial Guidance Programs

IAP - GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER EXPLORATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Graduate Student Career Exploration Grant
Eager to gain some experience in industry? Consider applying for a grant to support underfunded domestic industry internships over IAP 2024. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until Nov. 15. Learn more and contact tsookhoo [at] mit.edu (tsookhoo[at]mit[dot]edu) with questions.  Check previous recipients’ profiles to see example internships. 

2023 PATH OF PROFESSORSHIP APPLICATION OPEN

MIT Career Advising & Professional Development and Office of Graduate Education are pleased to announce the opening of this year's application to our Path of Professorship workshop. This program is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in pursuing careers in academia. The workshop is open to women and nonbinary individuals who personally identify with the unique experiences of women-identifying people as an underrepresented gender group. The workshop's aim is to provide information about applying to and starting a career in academic science. This year we are able to gather a wonderful group of women and nonbinary professors from MIT and a diverse range of colleges and universities to share about their experiences in academia.

Attendees learn:

  • Key strategies for applying and interviewing for academic positions
  • The importance of networking and how to manage networking with peers and superiors 
  • Insights from deans and department chairs about what to negotiate for once ​you have the offer
  • Advice from faculty on things you can do now and during your hire to make your tenure-track years as smooth and successful as possible
  • Characteristics of different types of universities
  • Advice on maintaining a balanced life, in light of the rigorous demands of a career in academia

**Note: materials and networking opportunities will be provided

Path of Professorship will be held in person. All sessions on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th will be held in-person at the MIT Media Lab. Meals accommodating for dietary restrictions will be provided. A tentative schedule is attached. 

More information and the application are available at https://capd.mit.edu/flagship-graduate-student-professional-development-program-the-path-of-professorship/

**The application will close on October 13th and selected applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

We hope you will consider applying if you think academia may be in your future.

MCKINSEY AND COMPANY RECRUITING

The Advanced Professional Degree (APD) recruiting team is excited to share our March APD recruiting newsletter with you. Below you’ll find more information about our upcoming virtual recruiting events, including details for our flagship programs - Insight & Diversity Connect! Scroll down for more information.

Virtual Events
Join us for our upcoming virtual events! Stay up to date with our full list of events by clicking here.

You can view a full list of upcoming affinity-specific events here.

CAPD'S NEW FACULTY JOB SEARCH SERIES

Join us for CAPD’s New Faculty Job Search Series and prepare yourself to strategize, anticipate, and effectively execute a faculty job search. These workshops will help you understand the conventions and expectations for required documents (CVs, cover letters, diversity statements, teaching statements, and research statements); revise, polish, and perfect your application materials; develop interview skills; and be ready to negotiate salary, benefits, research provisions, and more. These workshops are open to MIT Graduate Students and Postdocs, and you may register for all the workshops or just the few that you need.

You’ll find the latest updates on upcoming workshops in your CAPD Newsletters or you can always check the CAPD Events page. Sign up for our newsletters and automated emails by updating your uConnect profile and preferences.

Have questions? Contact us.

MIT ALUMNI ADVISORS HUB - ADVISING OPPORTUNITY FOR MIT STUDENTS

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.

Sign up to gain access to a community of alumni who are eager to share their advice at https://alumniadvisors.mit.edu/.

Find an advisor today!

UPCOMING MIT CAREER FAIRS

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.

MIT'S IGRAD FINANCIAL LITERACY & CAREER RESOURCES PORTAL

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     

GRADUATE STUDENT CAREER EVENTS - WEBSITE & CALENDAR

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

The CAPD Event calendar can be found here. 

Sign up for the Graduate Student Career Advising mailing list here.

CAPD OFFERS THE VERSATILE PHD RESOURCE TOOL

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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