Narratives from Scientists

2021 Oct 15

[Career Navigator Workshop] Making the Most of Your Lab Rotations with Taralyn Tan, PhD

1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: 

Zoom - Register for Details

A primary goal of the first year of graduate school is to identify a dissertation laboratory. Lab rotations are a major mechanism to guide students in this process. This interactive workshop will provide students strategies to maximally leverage lab rotation experiences to identify a training environment for their dissertation research that is aligned with students' professional and personal goals and priorities. This workshop will also emphasize that lab rotations themselves are only part of the decision-making process and that the work of identifying a lab that’s going to be a “good...

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2020 Oct 01

[Career Navigator Workshop] Making the Most of Your Virtual Rotations (Dr. Taralyn Tan - HMS Department of Neurobiology, Dr. Jason Heustis - HMS Program in Graduate Education)

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Location: 

Zoom - TBA

PART 1: Understanding the Value of Rotations and Setting Your Goals

A primary goal of the first year of graduate school is to identify a dissertation laboratory. Lab rotations are a major mechanism to guide students in this process. Students are currently having to navigate rotations that are partially or wholly virtual due to COVID-19 and restrictions on in-person laboratory activities. This interactive workshop will provide students strategies to maximally leverage both in-person and virtual lab rotation experiences to identify a training environment for...

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The Ultimate Guide to Success in Grad School

Some great slides from a handful of PhD candidates from around the world who presented, at the 2019 SACNAS conference in Honolulu HI, on finding overall success in higher learning.
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

Location: 

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 18

Charting Your Course III, Part 2: CV of Failures - A Scientist's Guide to Resilience (EPISODE 2: Dean Emma Dench, Professor Cassandra Extavour, and Professor Rachel Wilson)

Registration Closed 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Countway Library - Lahey Room

The Program in Graduate Education (PGE) is pleased to host an open forum to discuss resilience and overcoming failure, featuring the following speakers:

Dr. Emma Dench

Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Dr. Cassandra Extavour

Professor of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Dr. Rachel Wilson

Martin Family Professor of...

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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

Location: 

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 May 17

CV of Failures: A Scientist's Guide to Resilience

Registration Closed 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall

The Program in Graduate Education (PGE) is pleased to host an open forum to discuss resilience and overcoming failure, where Dean George Daley and other HMS faculty will share their stories as part of an educational forum and social event.

Resilience - the ability to withstand and rebound from adversity - is a positive contributor to maintaining good mental health. Resilience is often discussed as a personal attribute, yet it plays an equally important role in career navigation....

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2019 Apr 17

Choosing Mentors and Mentoring Up: An Interactive, Peer-Mentoring Workshop

Registration Closed 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Countway Library - Minot Room

Positive mentor-mentee relationships are a cornerstone of success for any graduate student. Choosing the right principal investigator (PI) and starting off with a proactive strategy to maintain a positive and productive work relationship is an early step toward graduate school success. Are you an early stage graduate student considering a choice of thesis lab/PI or looking for advice on ways to approach starting off on the right path to a positive and productive mentor-mentee relationship?

The Program in Graduate Education...

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