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Newsletters: October 2015

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graduate student spotlights:

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez, a Biomedical Engineering PhD student, was born in Quito, Ecuador and left her home country at eight years of age to attend middle and high school in Puerto Rico. Maria then moved to Connecticut to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in biomedical engineering. After graduation, Maria worked as a Quality Engineer for Covidien, a global medical device company. Working in new product development gave Maria insights into the world of Research and Development which inspired her to pursue higher education. In addition to being a PhD candidate in Prof. David Kaplan’s lab conducting research focusing on medical device fabrication and 3D printing with biomaterials, Maria is the graduate coordinator for Promoting Retention in Science and Engineering (PRiSE). Maria helps facilitate weekly PRiSE meetings, maintain new member outreach and involvement, and creates the semester schedules with faculty and alumni speakers. “I am excited to be PRISE coordinator this year and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Tuft’s community.”-Maria Rodriguez


Study Abroad Workshop *CSD Sponsored Event*
Thursday, October 1 beginning at 5 p.m. in Burden Lounge (108 Anderson Hall)
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores
Guests Dr. Vera Yip, Resident Director of the Tufts in Hong Kong program, and Dr. Sheila Bayne, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of Tufts Programs Abroad, will be there to talk about the process of studying abroad. Science and engineering students who have recently completed a study abroad experience will also be an attendance to talk about their personal experiences.

Check out the Facebook event here

Interview Workshop *CSD Sponsored Event*
Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m. in 102 Halligan Hall
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Robin Kahan, Associate Director, Employer Outreach and Engineering Tufts Career Center, will share tips about how to ace your interview and improve skills for interviewing.

Check out the Facebook event here !

Career Center Events and Opportunities

Internship Grant Information Session
Friday, October 2, 12 – 1 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Learn how to apply for summer funding through the Career Center Internship Grant Program. Students can receive $3,500 for an unpaid summer internship!

Writing Compelling Cover Letters
Wednesday, October 7, 12 – 2 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Specifically for graduate students, this event will go over the how to’s for writing cover letters for a specific job or opportunity.

LinkedIn Lab
Monday, October 19, 12 – 1 p.m.
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.

"Dream Big: Not Even the Sky Is the Limit" Speaker Event Featuring Dr. Oneeka Williams and Dr. Charles Anderson
Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. in Sherman Function Hall at Brandeis University
Whether you hope to be a doctor, or in science-whatever your path- this event will inspire you to follow your dreams. For additional information contact and click here to register.

Applying to Graduate School
Monday, October 26, 12 – 1 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 our graduate degree programs. Register here.

Technical Interviewing
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in 745A Dowling Hall
Guest employers will discuss a wide range of career related topics and answer general questions about interviewing.

Writing Your Personal Statement for Grad School
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in 745B Dowling Hall
Learn how to craft your statement of purpose with a former Graduate School Dean and expert of grad school admissions.

Upcoming conferencesNow Casting: Intel’s $1,000,000 Competition

Mark Burnett, the Producer of “Shark Tank”, “Survivor”, and “The Apprentice”, and his United Artists Media Group along with Intel and Turner Broadcasting, are searching for inventors with the next big technology innovation for a new television series, "America's Greatest Makers". This new series will chronicle the competition among the finalists who will be mentored by Intel engineers to make their ideas a reality. The winner will be rewarded with a million dollar prize! For more information and how to apply, click here!

Upcoming conferences

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
October 29 – 31, 2015 in the Washington D.C. area
Click here for more information and to register.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
November 11 – 14, 2015 in Seattle, Washington
Click here for more information and to register.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
November 11 – 15, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland
Click here for more information and to register.





Orientation Program

Tufts will be co-hosting the annual GEM GRAD Lab with member universities of the Massachusetts Consortium of STEM Programs (MC-STEMP) on October 23-24, 2015 in Alumnae Lounge. The GEM GRAD Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers. This symposium covers the basics of how to successfully navigate the graduate school process: from securing the competitive GEM Fellowship to obtaining a graduate degree. There will also be a poster session where students from all universities can present their research.

Click here to register and to view the conference details. Registration is limited!

Build Connections, Share Experiences

Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. at Sawyer House, 120 Curtis Street
The Students of Color Support Group is a weekly, confidential group aimed at creating a safe and supportive space where students can openly explore the complexity of experience related to being a person of color at Tufts. Students who identify as a person of color are invited to participate in this confidential group. For more information and to find out how to join the group please email the group facilitators or


Latino Heritage Month Reception
Thursday, October 1, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Latino Center will be hosting their Latino Heritage reception with food from El Oriental de Cuba, live music from student performers, with everyone celebrating Latino culture.

Interpreting Hidden Black Lives with Actress Tammy Denease
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Chief Diversity Office is cosponsoring a three-part event with the local Royal House and Slave Quarters hosting performer, Tammy Denease. She will have a conversation on campus focusing on lost or forgotten stories of black women in the Crane Room in Paige Hall.

Racial Violence and Freedom Dreams: A Book Club Dialogue
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 - 7:30pm
For CSRD's third annual National Dialogue on Race Day, come join us to talk about Coates' timely new book Between the World and Me. To receive a copy of the book, come to the CSRD Open House and sign up for the dialogue!

National Coming Out Day Rally
Wednesday, October 7
Join the LGBT Center at the lower campus center patio for a rally in celebration of NCOD. Students, faculty, and staff will share stories about their experiences of gender and sexuality at Tufts and beyond.

Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: A Conversation with Author Susan Hayward
Thursday, October 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
This talk is part of the 2015-16 Social Justice Leadership series open to all members of the Tufts Community. Location TBA.

Provost’s Diversity Reception
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30
Provost David Harris invites all Graduate Students to an evening of music, food, and friends at the Provost’s Diversity Reception in the Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center on the Medford/Somerville Campus. Provost Harris and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas will make opening remarks, and they look forward to meeting graduate students from every school. Faculty and staff are also welcome! Please RSVP to by October 7.

Same Website, New Look!

Check out the new Center for STEM Diversity website here !


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

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