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Newsletters: September 2015

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summer spotlights:

BEST Class of 2019!

BEST 2019

The Center for STEM Diversity welcomed Cohort 6 of the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program for their six week summer experience which was filled with workshops on college life, academic survival skills, and professional development on top of taking Calculus I and Physics. Although the schedule was packed during the week, the BESTies found some down time on weekends between their studies to enjoy a scavenger hunt in Boston, go candlepin bowling at Flatbread, and even make the 2 hour trek out to Six Flags! “BEST has been an amazing experience; you get to meet your family for the next four years. BEST is something that I am proud to be a part of and it is something I want others to experience.” –Hernan Gallegos

Alex Daniels

Alex Daniels, E16, turned a connection he made at the 2015 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) annual convention in Anahein, CA into an internship opportunity with Apple in Cupertino, CA this summer. Alex worked as a Software Engineering Intern for Apple Maps and developed internal tools to reduce debugging time. Working within a small team, Alex concentrated on transcribing his project ideas into code and then integrating them with a pre-existing code base. “It was an amazing experience. I didn’t know I could learn so much in a 3 month period during my professional life.”-Alex Daniels

Patricia Rosa

Patricia Rosa, E17, decided to broaden her research interests and take an opportunity to work under Professors Daniele Lantagne and Natalie Capiro exploring the correlation between E. Coli and V. Cholerae in the town of Antibontie, Haiti. Patricia was part of a team of undergraduate and graduate research assistants who traveled to Haiti for one week to collect and filter water samples to analyze once back at Tufts. Patricia was also entrusted to extract DNA from the water filters used, which if done incorrectly, could have had a huge impact on the overall results. “This experience gave me the confidence boost I needed to continue exploring topics that could be of possible interest to me.” –Patricia Rosa

Jessica Lunte

Jessica Lunte, E17, made the most of her summer by taking advantage of the fact that she was already heading abroad. “My family was going to Germany to visit my extended family this summer, so I decided I wanted to take a summer class in Berlin and extend my stay in Europe.” Although the class, “Land in the City – Green in the City” through Humboldt University of Berlin, wasn’t as technical as she was hoping, Jessica attributes her time abroad to the overall experience of living alone in Berlin and traveling throughout Europe. “The most interesting thing I learned this summer is that sometimes it's really nice to explore places by yourself. I have met amazing people and learned much from them as well as much about myself.” –Jessica Lunte

Career Opportunities

Resume Critiques

Thursday, September 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Milmore Room & 730A in Dowling Hall Friday, September 25 from 12 – 3 p.m.
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Get your resume & networking skills in shape before the Career Fair with help from the Career Center. *No appointment needed, just bring a copy of your 1 page resume.

Prepare for the Fair

Thursday, September 24 beginning at 5 p.m. in 745 A & B Dowling Hall
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
A representative from Amazon Robotics will discuss how to make the most of the Career Fair.

Tufts Career Fair

Wednesday, September 30 from 12 – 3 p.m. in Gantcher Center
Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Meet with 100+ employers, and please bring copies of your resume.
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 in attendance to talk about their personal experiences.

Check out the Facebook event here!

graduate school preview days

MIT - Monday, September 28, 2015
Programs: Media Arts & Sciences
Click here to apply. Registration opens September 15.

North Carolina State University - October 25 - 27, 2015
Programs: Engineering Disciplines, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 11.

University of Florida - October 29 - 30, 2015
Programs: Engineering
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 14.

Ohio State University - Friday, October 2, 2015, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Programs: Engineering Disciplines, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 18.

University of Wisconsin-Madison - October 21 - 25, 2015
Programs: Engineering Disciplines, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 18.

Purdue University – October 28 - 29, 2015
Programs: Engineering Education
Click here to apply. Travel grants available.

UC Berkeley – November 5 - 7, 2015
Programs: Engineering Disciplines, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 25.

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. Deadline for travel grants is September 11.





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!

Influenster’s Code Like a Girl Scholarship

Influenster wants to offer a $1,000 scholarship to five female students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a technical field of study. The scholarship can be used to pay for tuition and/or school expenses. Click here for more information and details on how to apply.


Welcome Back BBQ @ The Africana Center, Capen House, 8 Professors Row The Africana Center will be hosting a welcome back BBQ on Tuesday, September 8, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

Ice Cream Social @ The Asian American Center, Start House, 17 Latin Way The Asian American Center will be hosting an ice cream social on Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cupcake Decorating @ The Women’s Center, 55 Talbot Ave The Women’s Center will be decorating cupcakes and talking about fall programming on Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

CMHS Open House @ Sawyer House, 120 Curtis Street Counseling & Mental Health Services will be hosting an open house on Thursday, September 10, 12 – 2 p.m. where students can learn more about what services they offer as well as enter to win a semester of laundry service or gifts cards from JP Licks, Dave’s Fresh Pasta, and more!

BBQ @ The Latino Center, Bolles House, 226 College Ave The Latino Center will be hosting a welcome back BBQ Friday, September 11, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Asian Community Reception @ Start House, 17 Latin Way Come and meet students, faculty, and administrators at our annual fall welcome back event on Monday, September 14, 4 – 6 p.m. Open to the Tufts Community!

Student Organizations Fair Check out the 300+ student organizations and how to get involved on campus at the Fall Organizations Fair held on Wednesday, September 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. on the Res Quad.

Library Jobs

Every semester, the library offers jobs – both work study and regular – for Tufts students. These jobs are posted on the library website at the start of each semester. If you see an appealing posting, act quickly – jobs go fast because the library is considered a nice place to work.

Feel free to contact Karen Vagts ( and her colleagues if you have any questions related to your research or to locating information in general.  And enjoy the start of the fall semester!


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Program Manager: Kristin Finch, PhD
Staff Assistant: Courtney Russo

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