News & Events

Newsletters: November 2015

STEM Diversity blue band Facebook blue band STEM website blue band
STEM Lab  

stem student spotlight

The annual GEM GRAD Lab, hosted this year by Tufts on October 23 – 24, brought over 80 students interested in graduate school from neighboring universities together for a day and a half of informative workshops paneled by industry veterans, engineering faculty, and current graduate students who talked about how to apply and fund graduate school, as well as practical advice for navigating the graduate school experience. Friday’s opening sessions on October 23 included the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NeLSAMP) poster session where six Tufts undergraduate students presented their research.

Francis Appeadu-Mensah, a senior Biopsychology major on the pre-med track with a minor in drama, took 1st place among 25 participants including Tufts students and LSAMP Scholars from UMass, WPI, UCONN, and URI. Francis’s research focused on the highly sensitive, direct-detection strategy of ribosomal RNA from cells using a Single Molecule Array (SiMoA) platform. The SiMoA system can detect toxic cyanobacteria and distinguish species within filtered water samples which then Francis and his team could determine the proper water treatments. This type of detection approach can be used widely for environmental monitoring and on-site diagnosis of infectious diseases. Francis originates from Ghana and post-graduation, he plans to keep his options open but overall hopes to continue to do research that contributes to disease diagnosis and medical treatment.

engineering group spotlight

Tufts Engineering Mentors is a student-led program that pairs upperclassmen mentors with underclassmen mentees in the same major within engineering and computer science. The group began in 2013 and has quickly grown to become the largest engineering club on campus. The focus of Engineering Mentors is to foster a peer relationship in which students can set goals and share relevant, candid advice on class selection, undergraduate research, internships, and professional development. The club strives to create a strong student community within the engineering and computer science disciplines. Tufts Engineering Mentors also hosts various academic and career-oriented events, culminating in the spring with MentorCon: a full-day engineering conference on campus with speakers, panels, and networking opportunities.

Tufts Engineering Mentors is hoping to grow in membership and campus presence by co-sponsoring events with the Career Center, departments within the School of Engineering, and other student organizations. Students are always welcome to get involved as mentors or mentees - just send an email expressing interest here and they will be happy to get you started. With fresh ideas and new students each semester, Tufts Engineering Mentors is excited to continue to develop the program in breadth and in depth.


NSBE Networking Night *CSD Co-Sponsored Event*
Monday, November 9, 7 - 9 p.m. in Burden Lounge (108 Anderson Hall)
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Come join the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for their annual Alumni Networking Night. Meet and network with recent alumni and graduate students as they describe life after Tufts in graduate school and industry. Light refreshments will be served. Attire is business casual.

Check out the Facebook event here!

Dollars and Sense: Entrepreneurship at Tufts *CSD Sponsored Event*
Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. in Burden Lounge
Audience: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Mark Ranalli, Director of Tufts Gordon Institute, will lead a panel discussion including Tufts student entrepreneurs to talk about the exciting ways to get involved in entrepreneurship at Tufts.

Check out the Facebook event here!

How to Find Summer Research & Write Your Personal Statement *CSD Sponsored Event*
Wednesday, November 18 at 5 p.m. in Burden Lounge
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Kristin Finch, Program Manager, and Anne Moore, Scholar Development Specialist, will talk about the steps needed to apply and land dynamic summer research, including how to find the correct research program for you and how to write your personal statement.

Check out the Facebook event here !

Career Center Events

LinkedIn Lab
Monday, November 9, 12 – 1 p.m. in 745B Dowling Hall
Learn how social media tools can advance your job search. Create your own LinkedIn profile and find out how to initiate connections, research organizations, and request informational interviews. Space is limited. Please call the Career Center front desk at 617-627-3299 to RSVP.

Applying to Graduate School
Monday, November 16, 12 –12 p.m. in Milmore Room in Dowling Hall
This event is for current Tufts undergraduate students who are interested in learning how to decide where to apply, how to build a better graduate school application, as well as learn more about Tufts graduate degree programs. Register here

Diversity Career Networking Night
Monday, November 16, 6 – 8 p.m. in Milmore Room in Dowling Hall
Join us for a gathering of Tufts alumni who are eager to share their career experiences with you, offer advice and guidance about life after Tufts, and help you practice your networking skills. Reception to follow event. A raffle including Visa gift cards to use towards purchasing business attire, and mini padfolios will be ongoing throughout the evening! Register here by November 12th.

Internship Workshop
Thursday, November 19, 3 - 4 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Learn how to find an internship and how to make the most of the experience once you have arrived.

Research Opportunities

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

Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. SR-EIP is a gateway to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks to support all participants along their chosen career path. 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!

Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) at Harvard Medical School

For first and second year medical students, VRIP is a mentored, summer research program, designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers. This eight-week program runs from June 6 – July 29, 2016. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. VRIP students are expected to complete an abstract, paper and oral presentation of their summer research project. For more information, click here! Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) at Harvard Medical School

For undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, SCTRP is a mentored, summer research program, designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research. This ten-week program runs from June 6 – August 12, 2016. In addition to mentored clinical/translational research experience, SCTRP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty and graduate students focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, career paths, and the graduate school and medical school application process. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. SCTRP students are expected to complete an abstract, paper and oral presentation of their summer research project. For more information, 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 2, 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.


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 Office of Residential Life & Learning has begun its Resident Assistant Recruitment for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Their theme this year is RESLIFE C.A.R.E.S.- Community. Acceptance. Respect. Empowerment. Service. You can print the Application or apply online here. If you have any questions, please contact

The next informational meetings are:
November 5 in Miller Hall, 7 – 8 p.m.
November 10 in Carmichael Hall, 7 – 8 p.m.


Q&A with RCD Professors: Adriana Zavala, Lisa Lowe and Natalie Masuoka
Wednesday, November 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. @ Start House (17 Latin Way)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Latino Center (226 College)

Interest in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora Studies? The Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD) welcomes you to a discussion about majors, minors, faculty, and courses offered within each of the five programs. RCD professors will give a presentation about each of the RCD programs, with focus on Asian American Studies at the Start House and Latino Studies at the Latino Center. We encourage you to start at the Asian American Center and walk over with us to the Latino Center! Food will be provided.

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Making History & Where Do We Go From Here?
Monday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Tim Rieser, Congressional and Foreign Aide to Vermont Senator Leahy, will talk about the U.S.-Cuba negotiations and his behind-the-scenes role over the past two years to advance change.

Tisch library events and services

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.

Need Support for Your Research? Ask a Librarian
You can consult a Tisch librarian about many aspects of your research, from brainstorming for topics to in-depth research to managing citations. You can schedule a 1:1 or small group meeting with a subject specialist, wander into the Library Research Hub, or email or text us with a question. More on the options are listed here.

Need Feedback on Your Writing? Visit ARC Writing Consultants
Academic Resource Center (ARC) Writing Consultants can help you with your papers at any stage – from brainstorming to polishing. Located in the Research Hub, Writing Consultants are available Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout the academic year. The Research Hub is located near the Tower Cafe. More information is available 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.

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.

Predicting Winter 2016
Those of you who were in the Boston this past winter may recall that Tufts University shut down for five days during the worst of the blizzards. Thanks to dedicated staff who braved the snow, Tisch Library remained open on two of those five days and library patrons continued on with their research, either in the building or online, with minimal disruption. While you ponder what Winter 2016 may bring, check out the 2015 statistics here.

Same Website, New Look!

Check out the new Center for STEM Diversity website here!


blue line

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

For questions about the Center for STEM Diversity, please send to

Copyright *2015* *Tufts University*, All rights reserved.