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Newsletters: December 2016

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STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors finished another fall semester by going into our partner schools to present their science and engineering-themed interactive presentations to the students at Josiah Quincy Upper School, Medford High School, and for the first time, Somerville High School. The goal of STEM Ambassadors 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 Engineering Ambassadors Workshop at Pennsylvania State University where they were trained how to successfully create and deliver an engaging presentation to middle and high school aged students.

This semester, seven new ambassadors stepped up to aid the veterans during presentations and got the chance to put their semester long training on leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and curriculum development to the test at school visits. Greg Berumen, Jacqueline Cabral, Donna Chen, Hernan Gallegos, Martin Majkut, Melanie Ramirez, and Emily Sim, all sophomores, will enter the spring semester ready to lead and engage the students with presentations and hands-on activities of their own. "I joined STEM Ambassadors because it is an outreach program, but I learned quickly it is also much more than that! Once I stepped inside a classroom with my fellow ambassadors, I knew that we were going to change lives little by little. I cannot wait to continue making that impact going into Spring semester!" - Hernan Gallegos

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


Summer Scholars Workshop
Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in Burden Lounge (Anderson Hall 108)
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. Previous summer scholars will be in attendance to share their own experiences in the program.
Check out the Facebook event here.

Center for STEM Diversity End of Semester Party
Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. Location TBA
The Center for STEM Diversity will be hosting their annual end of semester party on Wednesday, December 14th to commend the Class of 2020 on their first successful semester at Tufts, on top of recognition to other classes completing the fall semester.


EcoHealth Net

Deadline to Apply: December 31
EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring together world-class research scientists that will advance One Health research and education. The one-week workshop will be held at Tufts University from June 11-17th. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Post-Bachelor Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 10
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington offers a Post-Bachelor Fellowship in Global Health that combines a full-time professional position, academic research, and education with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here.

Leadership Alliance Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

Application Deadline: February 1
SR-EIP is a rigorous summer research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs. For more information, click here.

National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)

Application Deadline: February 1
The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is a program led by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities Inc. in partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Students will be introduced to industry professionals, have paid summer internship opportunities, and pathways to complete research. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS)

Tufts University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Application Deadline: February 15
BDBS Program offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies. Participants receive a working stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing.
Click here for more information.

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)

NSF at Iowa State University Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Application Deadline: February 27
REU participants will engage with students participating in other Iowa State University based REU program in seminars, short courses, research tours, field trips and social events with mentors, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and others involved in the research of biorenewables. Participants receive a generous stipend, free campus housing, and meal supplement funds.
Click here for more information.

Alumni Corner

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


Graduate Student Events

Preparing for a Career in Academia
Friday, December 2, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m in Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St.
Join faculty, alumni, and deans in this annual workshop on preparing for and making the transition to an academic career. Discuss searching for academic jobs, the academic hiring process, negotiating first offers, and the unique rewards and challenges to the various types of academic positions.

GSWE Career Development Panel
Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Nelson Auditorium (Anderson 112)
The Graduate Society of Women Engineers section at Tufts will be hosting a Career Development Panel in which four speakers from various career paths will come to talk about some of their experiences and answer questions that graduate students may have about applying to/working in these positions, work/life balances, and more.

Tisch Library


As you prepare for the final countdown for the fall semester, please keep in mind the various resources that are available through Tisch Library to help you with your research and writing.

Pause for Paws
Friday, December 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Tisch 223 & 224
Need a break from studying for finals? We've got a crew of furry friends coming to the library Friday, December 9th from 4 to 6 in the ERC & the Research Hub

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 p.m.

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.

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. More on building hours is available here.

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Associate Director: Kristin Finch, PhD
Staff Assistant: Courtney Russo

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