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Newsletters: December 2015

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Stem Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors finished a packed fall semester by going into our partner schools to present their science and engineering-themed interactive presentations to more than 300 students at Medford High School and Josiah Quincy Upper School. The group’s main initiative is to spark individual curiosity, highlight the creativity and teamwork aspects of STEM, and encourage 8th – 12th grade students to pursue careers in STEM fields. At the beginning of the fall semester, the ambassadors attended the Northeast Regional Engineering Ambassadors Workshop at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where they were trained how to successfully create and deliver an engaging presentation to middle and high school aged students. From there, they went through a semester long training on leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and curriculum development all while working to create their own presentations, providing positive critiques for their fellow ambassadors’ presentations, and learning each other’s presentations to present at the schools. The STEM Ambassadors also worked with the Office of Admissions during Voices to share their own personal story of being a college student to perspective engineering undergraduates and were well represented in this year’s LEAD IT volunteer summit hosted by Tisch College. “Being a new Ambassador this year, I can’t wait to take my training and present at the high schools. Each member truly wants to see each other succeed so that the high school students can gain the most from our trips there.” – Mateo Galeano

If you would like to learn more about the STEM Ambassador program, check out their website here!


As the semester rapidly comes to a close, it’s important (and never too early!) to start thinking about your summer research plans. Most opportunities have applications already available with deadlines ranging from mid-December to mid-February. Summer research programs offer hands-on experience in the lab or in the field with the prime opportunity for networking and exploring new regions of the country. Students build skills they can list on their resumes and research is often paid, with some programs even offering a stipend to cover travel and housing. Below are some helpful documents about summer research programs and the application process.

Why Summer Research / Application Timeline
STRONG Letters of Recommendation
Finding Summer Research Programs
Personal Statement Tips
Engineering Research Centers
Pathways to Science


Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP)
Harvard Clinical and Transitional Science Center
Participants receive compensation, $400 travel reimbursement, and free housing
Application Deadline: December 18
Click here for more information.

Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
The Leadership Alliance
Participants receive a working stipend and travel and housing costs covered
Application Deadline: February 1
Click here for more information.

The Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG)
The Broad Institute
Participants receive a working stipend of $4250, travel to a national conference, and travel and housing costs covered
Application Deadline: February 1
Click here for more information.

Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS)
Tufts University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing
Application Deadline: February 15
Click here for more information.

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)
NSF at Iowa State University Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Participants receive a generous stipend, free campus housing, meal supplement funds
Application Deadline: March 1
Click here for more information.

Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST)
Arizona State University’s Fulton School of Engineering
Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, housing and round-trip travel funding
Application Deadline: April 15
Click here for more information.

Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT)
NSF at The University of Tennessee Knoxville Department of Energy Engineering Research Center
Participants receive a working stipend, $500 travel reimbursement, and free apartment-style housing
Application Deadline: March 15
Click here for more information.


Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Kresge G3, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 Audience: Students majoring in math, statistics, computer science, biology, psychology and economics (with an interest in public health), students from underrepresented backgrounds The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites you for a panel discussion geared toward undergraduates who may be interested in pursuing career and research opportunities at the nexus of statistics and public health. This panel will explore the options in academia, industry, and government available to students choosing to pursue graduate study in biostatistics. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to For more information and a list of panelists, click here.


The Annual Tufts MLK Celebration 2016 will include an essay contest entitled “Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” to share your vision and views about Dr. King’s lessons, teachings, and legacy. Students are invited to submit their reflection through a number of literary and/or media outlets including essay, poetry, spoken word or video. First ($250), second ($150) and third ($100) prizes will be awarded. The first place winner will be given the opportunity to read their reflection at the Annual MLK Celebration event on January 26, 2016. Submissions must be emailed to by Friday, December 4, 2015 by 5pm EST.

Sponsored by the Africana Center, Office of the President, Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Equal Opportunity, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, University Chaplaincy.


Tufts School of Engineering invites you to the fourth annual Ricci Lecture on Wednesday, December 2 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Nelson Auditorium, featuring the winners of the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, Spotlight Parking. The Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to a student team that best demonstrates interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. To learn more about the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, click here. Reception to follow.




Alumni Corner

The Career Center offers many online workshops and events geared specifically towards Tufts alums! To check out a list of their upcoming alumni events, as well as how to register, click here.

Job Search Success Secrets Tele-Seminar
Monday, December 14 at 12 p.m.

Intro to LinkedIn Webinar
Monday, December 21 at 12 p.m.


Spend Summer 2016 Abroad

Tufts European Center will begin accepting registrations/applications for their Summer 2016 programs on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 9:00 am.
Tufts in Talloires, a six-week summer program for college students from Tufts and other universities, offers students a dynamic group of courses taught by Tufts faculty. Students enrolled in this program choose two courses from a selection of undergraduate offerings — most of which are taught in English. Courses are designed to take advantage of Talloires' ideal location in the center of Europe, as well as its striking alpine setting, which inspires reflection and thought.
Since most programs fill to capacity, you are strongly encouraged to register before the program’s deadline. For scholarship information, click here.


Summer Scholars Workshop
*CSD Sponsored Event*
Wednesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. in Burden Lounge
Anne Moore, Program Specialist in Scholar Development, will talk about the Tufts Summer Scholars program, a ten-week program that funds the independent research projects of rising juniors and seniors working closely with faculty mentors. As part of the program, students also create a poster to present at a poster session in the fall. Summer Scholars then present the next stage of their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.

Internship Grant Information Session
Friday, December 4, 12 – 1 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Learn how to apply for summer funding through the Career Center Internship Grant Program. Awardees of the grant could receive as much as $3,500 for an unpaid summer internship.

Pause for Paws
Thursday, December 10, 4 – 6 p.m. in Tisch Library 224
Tuesday, December 15, 12 – 1 p.m. in the Latino Center
As finals approach, come de-stress with CMHS (Counseling and Mental Health Services) and some animal friends who will be spending time in the Latino Center and Tisch Library.


Tisch library events and services

Drop-in Writing Support at Tisch
Writing tutors are ready to help you explore how best to express your ideas and tighten up your papers before they’re due. Writing tutors are located in the Research Hub, right near the Tower Café, Sundays through Thursdays from 6 - 9 PM.

Help with GIS and Data Analysis
The Data Lab in Tisch Library is a newly renovated space offering in-depth consultation services around data, including help with GIS data and software, and quantitative data analysis tools such as Stata, SPSS, and SAS. The Data Lab is located on the second floor.

Get Recognition for Your Research
Now is a great time to apply for the Tisch Undergraduate Research Award! Applications are due at noon on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Want some inspiration? Check out the gallery of past winners and more info on how to apply here.

Late Night Study Space
Located near the entrance of the library, the Hirsh Reading Room provides a quiet place to study and escape distractions during hours after the rest of the library is closed. From December 11 through December 21, the space will be open extra hours. More on building hours is available here.

Library Workshops on Research Skills and Production Software
Throughout the semester, Tisch Library offers open workshops designed to enhance your skills in research, writing, and producing. Topics range from using citation tools and managing research data to mastering powerful audiovisual design software (which you can use in the Tisch Digital Design Studio). Upcoming workshops are listed here.

Things You Can Check Out
Alongside books, Tisch Library circulates a wide range of items, from DVDs (non-reserve items circulate for five nights) to laptops, iPads, cameras, and camcorders. You also can check out bikes and helmets. More about circulating items is available here.

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