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Newsletters: February 2016

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Dr. Joe Brown, a Biomedical Engineer who conducted his doctoral research in Professor David Kaplan's lab, developed and designed injectable, biodegradable and highly elastomeric soft tissue analogs and filler materials derived from silk proteins that mimic the mechanical and biochemical properties of native tissue. Joe is originally from the town of Byfield, MA, and did his undergraduate degree at Tufts University in Biology and English. After graduation, he worked in the biotech sector at Charles River Laboratories, until he decided to return to Tufts for graduate school to complete a degree in the engineering disciplines.

Since graduating with his doctorate, Joe assisted in the establishment of a start-up based on his research in the Kaplan lab. The company focuses on designing silk-based injectable systems for soft tissue healing and facial scarring, with a particular focus on wounded soldiers. He spends the majority of his time prototyping and fabricating new materials for soft tissue remediation, while simultaneously navigating the regulatory system towards the ultimate goal of bridging the gap between academic research and tangible, commercially available products.

Joe Brown

Joe served as the Promoting Retention in Science and Engineering (PRiSE) graduate coordinator from 2012-2014. He is excited to witness the students he first mentored back in 2012 push towards graduation this year and succeed in the real world. PRiSE meets every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in the DeWick Conference Room. To learn more about the program and how to get involved, check out the website here!


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.

Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)
Purdue University within the SURF Program
Participants receive a $5,100 stipend, plus free travel and housing
Application Deadline: Rolling
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.



Friday, February 12, 4 – 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Room (Ballou Hall)
All are cordially invited to gather for an informal interview with Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost hosted by Provost David Harris. Please RSVP to by February 8th.


Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m. in Burden Lounge (Anderson Hall)
STEM Ambassadors is a professional development program with an outreach mission for student representatives from Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering. Their goal is to share the passion and excitement for the sciences and engineering with local middle and high school students, prospective students of Tufts University, and the greater Tufts community including Medford, Somerville, and Boston. To learn more about STEM Ambassadors, check out their website here


Thursday, February 11, 3 – 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Room 218
Join Counseling and Mental Health Services for an informal chat in a safe and supportive space where students can openly explore the complexity of experience related to being a person of color at Tufts. Please RSVP to or


Monday, February 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of Anderson Hall
Want to major in engineering? Visit the engineering open house and speak with faculty and students from the many exciting disciplines offered in the School of Engineering as well as have a chance to win prizes. Lunch will be provided.


The Career Center's newly formatted bimonthly Diverse Opportunities newsletter offers career events, resources, scholarships, internships, jobs and more for students from diverse backgrounds. Check out the current edition and click on the blue button (scroll to bottom) to add your email address to the listserv.


Tufts Admissions has made funding available to help students pay for Summer Session courses at Tufts. Apply for the Summer Session Scholarship by March 1st to be considered. Find the application and instructions here.

Mark Your Calendars: New England Science Symposium, Sunday, April 3 at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. Go here to learn more and to register to attend.

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.

Market Your Brand: Cover Letters and More
Wednesday, February 10 at 12 p.m.

Advanced LinkedIn Webinar
Friday, February 19 at 12 p.m.

Job Search Success Secrets
Monday, February 22 at 12 p.m.



Engineering Networking Night
Tuesday, February 2, 6 – 8 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge
Attend the 10th annual event and meet 30+ alumni with varied engineering and computer science backgrounds for a light dinner and networking.

Prepare for the Fair
Thursday, February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Talent acquisition managers from Genscape will discuss how to make the most of the Career Fair.

Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Gantcher Center
Jobs and internships for Arts, Sciences & Engineering students; All class years, all majors.

Renewing Your Financial Aid
*CSD Sponsored Event*

Wednesday, March 2 at 12 p.m. in 314 Tisch Library
Learn tips and tricks to correctly and efficiently fill out all financial aid forms like the FAFSA.
Check out the Facebook event here!


Tisch library events and services

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 10th. The application consists of 3 parts:

1) Your research project. The project can be from a course or an independent project. All formats are eligible, including but not limited to research papers, videos, posters, presentations, lab manuals, inventions, business plans and proposals.
2) A short research process essay (check out our tips)
3) A recommendation from your instructor (ask them soon)

Want some inspiration? Check out the gallery of past winners and more info on how to apply here.

Drop-in Writing Support at Tisch
It is never too early to start planning and outlining your spring writing projects. Writing tutors are ready to help you explore how best to organize and express your ideas and tighten up your content. 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 offers 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.

Student Jobs at Tisch Library
If you’re seeking a part-time job, keep your eyes on the Library’s Student Jobs page here.

Tisch Library

Director: Darryl Williams, PhD
Program Manager: Kristin Finch, PhD
Staff Assistant: Courtney Russo

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