Life Sciences Master's Students (HMS)

2019 Oct 18

Charting Your Course III, Part 1: Navigating Graduate School -- Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and Making the Most of Your Rotations

Registration Closed 2:30pm to 4:25pm


Countway Library - Lahey Room

[2:30 pm - 3:25 pm] Meet the Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Speaker: JIm Gould, Ph.D. (HMS/HSDM Office of Postdoctoral Fellows)

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a mentoring tool that links research goals with career development and progress towards independence. It is meant to foster an ongoing and recurring discussion that involves evaluation, goal setting and feedback with input from both postdoc and faculty mentor.  The NIH encourages trainees to make Individualized Development Plans to help them prepare for academic and...

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2019 Oct 15

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training (peer mentoring training pilot, invite only)

8:00am to 5:00pm



Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education teaches you how
to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training
— which focuses on the unique experiences and needs of students — gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Success-Failure Project

The mission of The Success-Failure Project is to create opportunities for discussion, reflection, understanding, and creative engagement regarding issues of success, failure, and resilience

Social Issues in Biology Journal Club

October 2, 2019

It is 2019, and the first germ-line-edited humans have been born. Measles has returned as a public health threat due to an anti-vaccination movement. Maternal mortality is on the rise - particularly among black women. Political discourse suggests an increasing distrust of science, and Congress refuses to increase funding for federal research grants. The new Jurassic Park movies are equating ancient DNA research with dinosaur explosions.
Let's discuss this.
We would like to invite you to join our Social Issues in Biology Journal Club! This journal club will meet...

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Nature Masterclasses ($)

Nature Masterclasses offers high-quality training delivered by Nature Research journal editors, experienced researchers, funders and professionals to develop their skills, confidence and careers

Grad Students should consider careers in higher ed administration

Grad Students Should Consider Administrative Work (Inside Higher Ed)

October 2, 2019

Colleges and universities are great places to work. Many Ph.D. students who are no longer are attracted to faculty careers are still interested in working in higher education. They are drawn to the teaching and learning mission of the institution, its organizational values, and the opportunity to collaborate with smart people.

The good news is that a wide range of positions at colleges and universities are open to those with a Ph.D. The two most obvious, building on the skills that students are learning during their degree programs, are teaching positions and research...

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Networking for Introverted Scientists

Networking for introverted scientists (Nature)

October 1, 2019

Many scientists struggle with networking. If you’re one of them, don’t despair. A structured, scientific approach could be all you need.

Networking starts at home. Before you go to a conference or another event, identify a core group of people, likely to be there and whom you’d like to meet to advance your career. These might be potential collaborators, employers, funding sources or future conference programme organizers. Consider individuals who wrote the latest papers in your field, gave a memorable talk at a meeting or won major grants or awards.  Read more...

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2019 Oct 11

Charting Your Course II, Part 2, Track B: Applying to PhD Programs (for HMS Master's students)

Registration Closed 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Modell 100A, 210 Longwood Avenue

Applying to PhD Programs: Preparing Competitive Applications for Life Sciences Doctoral Programs and What to Expect from Doctoral Training

WORKSHOP. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Jason Heustis (Program in Graduate Education)

Davie Van Vactor (Professor of Cell Biology)

Presentation on finding and assessing prospective schools, the components of a typical application (and their relative importance), crafting an effective personal statement and an effective CV, what to expect from doctoral training, career options for PhD holders and...

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2019 Oct 04

Meet the Deans Happy Hour (for HMS Master's Students)

Registration Closed 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Modell Atrium (210 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115)

HMS Master's students are invited to attend a "Meet the Deans Happy Hour" where there will be beverages and light food in mixer with HMS Dean of Graduate Education Rosalind Segal, M.D., Ph.D., and Johanna Gutlerner, Ph.D.

This event follows the series of events on "Applying to Medical School" in Modell 100A.  This is a reception to continue conversations from these workshops but also open to all HMS Master's students.

RSVP strongly preferred.