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Newsletters: September 2016

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BEST 2020

The Center for STEM Diversity welcomed Cohort 7 of the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program for their six-week summer experience, which was filled with Calculus I, Physics, and workshops on college life, academic survival skills, and professional development. Although the schedule was packed during the week, on the weekends, the BESTies went candlepin bowling at Flatbread, beat multiple levels at Boda Borg, and even made the two-hour trek out to Six Flags. Make sure you say hello and give a warm welcome to the 8 incoming BEST scholars!


Many BEST students had internships and work to keep them busy over the summer. Ariel Luque, E17, knew he wanted to do an internship and had applied to HubSpot in the past. “The company seemed really cool and they use the latest technologies, so I really wanted to work there.” For the summer, Ariel worked as a software engineer on the Customer Relations Management (CRM) front-end team, which is in charge of creating the customer-facing side of the HubSpot CRM. His responsibilities included converting components from the program Backbone.js into a more user-friendly program, doing bug fixes, and adding new features for both the customers and the engineers on the team. “The most interesting thing I learned this summer was that front-end engineering for web is still sort of unruly, but it's definitely fun and rewarding once everything starts working. I also learned when and how to ask for help, which was extremely important to my success at HubSpot.” Ariel said that his summer surpassed all expectations, adding, “I had a great team and made some amazing friends during the summer that really made the experience great.”


Resume Critiques
Friday, September 23 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Campus Center
Monday, September 26 from 4 – 7 p.m. in Dowling Hall
Wednesday, September 28 from 12 – 3 p.m. in Dowling Hall
Get your resume in shape before the Career Fair with help from the Career Center. *No appointment needed; just bring a copy of your one-page resume.

Prepare for the Fair
Tuesday, September 27 beginning at 5 p.m. in 745 A & B Dowling Hall

Tufts Career Fair
Friday, September 30 from 11:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Gantcher Center
Meet with 185+ employers. Bring copies of your resume. Business attire recommended.


MIT – Monday, October 3, 2016
Programs: MIT Media Lab - Media Arts & Sciences
Click here to apply. Registration opens September 15.

Brown University – Thursday, October 6, 2016
Programs: Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadlines for applications is September 12.

Ohio State University - October 14 – 15, 2016
Programs: Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 23.

Purdue University – October 20-21, 2016
Programs: Engineering Education
Click here to apply.

North Carolina State University – October 23 - 25, 2016
Programs: Engineering Disciplines, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is September 12.

University of Michigan – Friday, November 11, 2016
Programs: Engineering
Click here to apply. Travel Grant deadline is September 30.


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.


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 for conference details


Come view the film Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in Metcalf Lounge. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion. This film showing is scheduled to accompany the 2016 Common Read book, Lives in Limbo by Roberto Gonzales. View a trailer of the film here.


Africana Center BBQ
Please join the festivities as the Africana Center welcomes back faculty, staff, returning students, and the class of 2020 on Tuesday, September 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the Africana Center lawn.

Student Organizations Fair
Check out the Tufts' 300+ student organizations and how to get involved on campus at the Fall Organizations Fair held on Wednesday, September 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. on the Res Quad.

Rising Up: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Communities in Post 9-11 America
Deepa Iyer, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion, comes to Tufts University on Wednesday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. for a Public Talk held in Cohen Auditorium

Club Fair


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. Feel free to call Tisch Library at 617-627-3347 if you have any questions related to your research or to locating information in general. And enjoy the start of the fall semester!

Tisch Library


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

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