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Newsletter: October 2016

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Morgan Rivers, a senior engineering physics major and music minor, is the president of Out in STEM (oSTEM) for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Morgan came out their first week at Tufts and has been involved in the LGBT community ever since, including being a member of Rainbow House their sophomore year. Last year, Morgan was an Executive Board member and now has big ideas for oSTEM as president.

What is oSTEM? oSTEM is a group for students who are queer (or allies) and are involved in science, technology, math, or engineering at Tufts. Our mission is largely to form a stronger community of "out in STEM" kids here, help them to learn what it's like identifying in STEM environments, improve the atmosphere for those who are a gender or sexual minority, and raise awareness of queer needs in the larger science community. We're actually just one chapter of oSTEM nationally among more than 50 other chapters within the US, which we meet up with every year at the oSTEM national conference in the fall.

What are some things you’d like to change this year? I think the goal this year is to foremost ensure that there is a strong feeling of community for people in oSTEM. As an engineer, I'd like to really reach out to engineers and engineering departments to form a better environment for students.

When are oSTEM meetings and what are meetings like? Meetings this year will happen every other Monday at noon. We like to have pizza at the meeting and allow some time for people to chat and meet each other. In previous years, we've hosted professors, faculty, and students who have had experiences as interns or with research.

What special events do you have coming up this semester? Be on the lookout for news about the oSTEM National Conference in Denver (November 11th - 15th), Student Research Panel, Industry and/or Professor panel, and our Co-led Best Practices event with STEM department heads. "Best practice" is the term for accepted standards of procedure in the sciences. Here at Tufts, we use it to describe the ways in which professors can conduct their classes and interactions to create safe and encouraging environments for their LGBTQ students. Next semester our goal is to bring Tam O'Shaughnessy, widow of first female American astronaut, Sally Ride, to campus.

How can students get involved? To get involved, send us an email at and we'll add you to our elist, which we use to disseminate information about oSTEM events and meetings. You can also find us on Facebook and like our group, Tufts oSTEM. If you're not interested in joining the club, but still want to be informed, ask about our best practices guide, a manual of best practices for those in the STEM community we put together as a chapter last year.


Writing Professional Emails & Following Up with Companies after the Career Fair
Wednesday, October 5 at 5 p.m. in Burden Lounge (Anderson Hall 108)
Career Center Associate Director, Robin Kahan, will talk about the best ways to follow up with the company contacts you met at the Career Fair and how to write a more professional email.
Check out the Facebook event here.

How to Study for Science & Take Effective Notes
Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in Dowling Hall 745B
First rounds of test for the semester have come and gone, looking to improve your test scores? Wondering what you can do differently to study more efficiently? Come learn the best advice for taking efficient notes during lectures and how to study the material from Claire Weigand and Robin Olinsky of the ARC.
Check out the Facebook event here.

Managing Stress and Anxiety
**Co-sponsored with the Office of Student Success and Advising
Wednesday, October 19 at 12 p.m. in Burden Lounge (Anderson Hall 108)
Darleen Gracia from the Counseling & Mental Health Center will talk about warning signs and ways to manage any feelings of stress or anxiety that you may encounter during the semesters.
Check out the Facebook event here.



Wednesday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium
Deepa Iyer is coming to Tufts to present a public talk on Rising Up: South Asian, Arab, Muslim & Sikh Communities in Post- 9/11 America. Deepa Iyer is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape our Multiracial Future.

Author Lecture: Lives in Limbo by Roberto Gonzales

Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Common Read Committee, Author Roberto Gonzales comes to Tufts to talk about his work "Lives in Limbo", the Common Reading Program book for the Class of 2020, and explore this year's theme of immigration, education, and inequality.


Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hubspot, 2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA
Are you a first generation student interested in learning more about careers in tech? Join Hubspot on Friday, October 14 for the inaugural “Breaking Barriers: First-Gens in Tech,” a day-long event for first-generation students from the Greater Boston Area interested in learning more about what it really means to work in the tech industry. For more information and to register, click here.


October 15 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Codestellation is an opportunity to get together with others who share your passion for building and creating technology for a weekend and create something great. That app you’ve been talking about making forever? That software that would really make school that much easier? This is the perfect opportunity to sit down and make it a reality. At Codestellation, you’ll join a small launch team to create something awesome over the course of 24 hours. Along the way, we’ve also got a bunch of fun activities planned just in case you need a break from all the coding you’ll be doing. If a weekend of making new friends, coding, and partaking in all sorts of fun activities sounds like a blast, Codestellation is for you! For more information and to register, click here.


For the first time ever, The Tufts Daily is offering a $500 scholarship for first-year students who are interested in becoming part of the Daily team this semester. First-year students who have a serious interest in journalism/media and have a demonstrated financial need are eligible. Recipients must complete at least one project in their section of choice each month and attend regular meetings with editors throughout the semester. No prior experience in journalism is necessary. Applications and further information can be found here. Anyone interested can email with any questions or concerns.

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 how to register, click here.



The annual GEM GRAD Lab, hosted by the universities of the Massachusetts Consortium of STEM Programs (MC-STEMP), will be on October 14 - 15, 2016 at Northeastern University and The Broad Institute. 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.


Google will be visiting Tufts on October 3 – 5 at 5:30 p.m. to speak to seniors regarding full-time roles at Google, as well as juniors regarding Google’s diversity business internship program. They will be hosting a general information sessions and small coffee chats with students at the Career Center.



LinkedIn Lab
Wednesday, October 19, 12 – 1 p.m. in 745 A 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.
Register by calling the Career Center at 617.627.3299. Space is limited.

Career Series: The Internship Search & Other Summer Opportunities
Wednesday, October 26, 12 – 1 p.m. in 745 A Dowling Hall
You’ll put together an action plan for conducting an internship search. An overview of listings especially for Tufts students, tips for the application process, and funding ideas for unpaid internships will be discussed.

Applying to Graduate School Workshop
Monday, October 31, 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 learning more about our graduate degree programs.


Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
October 13 - 15, 2016 in Long Beach, CA
Click here for more information and to register.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
November 9 - 12, 2016 in Tampa, FL
Click here for more information and to register. Deadline for discounted registration is October 12.

Annual oSTEM (out in STEM) Conference
November 11 – 13, 2016 in Denver, CO
Click here for more information and to register.

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