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Newsletters: February 2017

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NSBE 2016

Cionna Orr is a junior chemical engineering major and serves as the president of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) Tufts chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year.

For those who do not know, what is NSBE? The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country with over 30,000 members. NSBE is specifically geared towards black students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and aids students through its mission "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

As president, what do you hope to do this year or change from previous years? As president, I hope to expand our chapter this year and get the word out about the many benefits of NSBE. NSBE is a great opportunity to network with fellow students as well as industry professionals. Also, students should know that you do not have to be black or an engineer to join and help further the mission.

What important events are coming up for you? Our biggest event of the semester is the 43rd National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The convention will have over 10,000 members in attendance and a career fair with over 200 companies. We encourage all members to attend, and apply for funding from sponsoring departments to help cover travel costs.

How can students get involved? Students can get involved by coming to a meeting (Mondays at 8:30 p.m.) or emailing Students can also look up National Society of Black Engineers - Tufts Chapter on Facebook.


Drop-In Hours with Dr. Kristin Finch
Mondays from 6 – 8 p.m. in The Center for STEM Diversity (Anderson Hall, Room 109D)
Beginning February 6, Dr. Kristin Finch, Associate Director of the Center for STEM Diversity, will be hosting drop-in hours. Come by to get advice on classes, research and internship opportunities, or with any academic concerns you may be having. Dr. Finch is a confidential Title IX liaison as well as an activist for undocumented students.

Renewing Your Financial Aid
Wednesday, February 22 at 12 p.m. in Dowling Hall Room 745B
Amy Piantedosi from Tufts Financial Aid will speak on how to correctly fill out financial aid forms like the FAFSA and highlight changes to the renewal process for this year.
Check out the Facebook event here.

STEM Ambassadors Interest Meeting
Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in Burden Lounge (Anderson Hall, Room 108)
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.
Check out the Facebook event here.


Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS)
Tufts University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Application Deadline: February 15
Research Interests: Biomedical Sciences
Click here for more information.

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)
Iowa State University Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Application Deadline: February 27
Research Interests: Biorenewable Chemistry
Click here for more information.

Connecticut Cybersecurity Center (C^3)
The University of Connecticut
Research Interests: Computer systems security and trustable computing systems
Click here for more information.

Hall of Human Life Living Laboratory
The Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Application Deadline: March 31
Research Interests: Science education
Click here for more information.


Campus visit of Assistant Prof. Anthony Ocampo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Thursday, February 9, Two-part series
5 – 6:30 p.m., Latino/LGBT Center, Bolles House
A dinner with Tufts students and faculty to discuss his ongoing work entitled “To Be Brown and Gay in LA: Race and Sexuality in the Immigrant City.”
7 – 8:30 p.m., Alumnae Lounge
A campus lecture presentation of Ocampo’s recently released book The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race. In this book, Ocampo shows the commonalities between Filipinos and Latinos.

Mele Murals: Documentary Film Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker, Tad Nakamura
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge
Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancestral wisdom for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. The story of Mele Murals speaks to social justice and diversity and the validation and empowerment of native cultures through art and education.

Multi-Ethnic Graduate Alliance (MEGA): Don’t Bottle It Up…Vent It Out
Thursday, February 23, 7 – 9 p.m. in Olin Center
A monthly event that will provide graduate students interested in diversity and inclusion an opportunity to have a friendly discussion on various topics including experiences at Tufts (resources, classes, professors, school/work - life balance) to recent national/international events. Food will be provided. Check out the Facebook event here.

The Mystic River Watershed Association Internship
The Mystic River Watershed Association is accepting applications for a spring and a summer intern. The spring internship focuses on event planning and environmental stewardship and pays $10 per hour. The summer Invasive Species and Water Quality internship entails organizing and leading invasive species removal events. The deadline to apply for the summer internship is March 10. Learn more here.

Tufts Combined B.S.-M.S. Degree with FAST-TRAC Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 1
Applying for Tufts' five-year combined degree through the FAST-TRAC program gives low-income students the opportunity to receive scholarships and support. To qualify for FAST-TRAC, you must apply as a junior and submit an application by March 1 through the Office of Graduate Admissions. For guidelines and more information on the program, click here.

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.


Career Center Events

Engineering Networking Night
Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge

Biotech Virtual Fair
Wednesday, February 7 at 12 p.m.

Tufts Career Fair
Friday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Gantcher Center

Graduate Student Events

Building an Effective Resume
Wednesday, February 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Location TBD

Destressing in Academic Life
Friday, February 10, 12 – 2 p.m., Location TBD

Presentation Skills: Body Language and Presence
Monday, February 13, 6 – 8:30 p.m. in Chase Center, Carmichael Hall

Grant Writing: Writing Clearly and Concisely
Friday, February 17, 12 – 2 p.m., Location TBD

Preparing for a Career in Academia
Thursday, February 23, 4 – 8:30 p.m., in Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St.

Judges Needed at Science and Engineering Fairs
Consider volunteering as a judge for local high school science and engineering fair. For more details regarding registration to these events, please contact Karen O’Hagan at by February 6, 2017.

Medford High School Annual Science and Engineering Fair
Thursday, March 2, 8 – 11:30 a.m.

Somerville High School Annual Science and Engineering Fair
Thursday, March 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Massachusetts Region IV High School Science Fair (at Somerville High School)
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tisch Library


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 are 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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