Category: General News

You’re Invited! Upcoming Graduate School Fairs & Information Sessions

October 15th, 2014 in General News, Homepage

Interested in applying to graduate school in the biomedical sciences? Our knowledgeable faculty and staff are happy to speak with you about the opportunities available for master’s and doctoral degree programs at Boston University’s School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Register for our free Virtual Graduate Fairs or visit us at locations near you!

Local and National:

Idealist Fair Boston: September 29th

CareerEco Virtual Graduate Fair: September 30th and October 22nd

SACNAS National Conference, Los Angeles, CA: October 16th-18th

ABRCMS National Conference, San Antonio, TX: November 12th-15th

Program Specific:

Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Webinar: September 16th and October 24th

Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Information Session: September 25th

Oral Health Sciences – 12:00 EST -January  12, 2015

Oral Health Sciences – 12:00 EST-  February 25, 2015

Healthcare Emergency Management: All begin at 12:30pm at 650 Albany Street, Room X140.
October 10th
November 14th
December 12th

Bioimaging: All begin at 12:30pm at 650 Albany Street, Room X140.
October 17th
November 21st
December 19th

Biomedical Forensic Sciences: All begin at 1:00pm at 72 East Concord Street, Room R806.
October 31st
November 10th (4-5pm)
November 21st
December 19th

Additional Information
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GMSSO Fall Social

September 15th, 2014 in General News

GMSSO fall social (3)

Virtual Graduate Fair in Biomedical Sciences

September 15th, 2014 in General News


Accreditation: Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine

September 14th, 2014 in General News

Congratulations to the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program for being granted an 8 year accreditation. Visit their website for more information and learn how you can become part of this successful master’s program.

CACREP Accreditation

As of July 2014, the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Program was granted the maximum 8-year CACREP accreditation, which will be in effect through October 2022.

Campus Safety Message

September 4th, 2014 in General News

Boston University Office of the Executive Director of Public Safety
Campus Safety Message
September 2, 2014

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff of Boston University:

Welcome back!

I hope that you will take full advantage of the exciting events happening across campus and in our local community this fall. I encourage you to experience all the culture and diversity that our community has to offer and, while at the same time, I urge you to make informed choices when it comes to your personal safety and security.

This weekend and throughout the fall semester, the Boston University Police and the Boston Police will have additional patrols dedicated to our campus and adjacent neighborhoods. These patrols will be focused on identifying potential threats, and to ensure that individuals who present a danger to others are dealt with, swiftly and appropriately. The Boston Police and Boston University Police departments will share information and collaborate to assess, investigate, and address any public safety issues. We will be monitoring off campus gatherings to curb dangerous drinking, underage drinking, and other activities that are unlawful and potentially dangerous.

Additional police presence is certainly helpful in crime avoidance and increased safety for the community, but each of us also shares responsibility in this effort. Student safety begins with self-aware and safety conscious individuals who not only look out for their own safety but the safety of their fellow students. We urge you to consider a few often-repeated important safety tips:

• Travel with others (especially at night);

• Remain alert to your surroundings;

• Walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas; avoid alleyways and deserted areas (such as parking lots);

• Avoid using cellular telephones and other electronic devices which could divert your attention from your surroundings;

• Be cautious of strangers who approach you

We also urge you to review the safety advice provided on the University’s campus safety website ( Please make sure you have an immediate way to contact the Boston University Police by programming our emergency number (617-353-2121) into your smartphone, and take the time to review the news section on the homepage of the Boston University Police website each week. I recommend you download to your mobile device a free app called “BU Mobile” that contains emergency buttons for calling and texting the BU Police as well as a directory, calendar, course listings, maps, and real time monitoring of the BU shuttle bus service.

The continued diligent efforts of the BU Police along with our public safety partners in the surrounding communities, combined with your diligence, are vital to the collective safety of our community. I ask that you make your personal safety, the safety of your fellow students, and the security of your property, a high priority as we begin this new academic year.

Contact the Boston University Police Department (; 617-353-2110, text a tip: 847411 Keyword BU) with any questions or concerns.

Remember…if you see something, say something!

Thomas G. Robbins
Executive Director of Public Safety



Diploma and Thesis Title Pages Due November 3

September 2nd, 2014 in Academics

Diploma application for January graduates  and Thesis Title page for  May graduates are due November 3, 2014.  Please see the GMS forms page and the Graduation Calendar on the Important Dates link for additional details.

Welcome MS in Oral Health Sciences Students!

July 22nd, 2014 in General News

Welcome OHS Students! On behalf of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences faculty and staff, we are excited for you to join us at Boston University. Orientation is fast approaching so please take a moment to visit our Incoming Students page for information that will prepare you for the transition into graduate school.

Orientation Schedule

July 31: Oral Health Sciences Program Orientation, 9am, room L212

August 29: All GMS Orientation, 9am , 670 Albany Street auditorium

We look forward to meeting you in the

STaRS Student Symposium August 7

July 21st, 2014 in General News

Please Join us for the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program Symposium on Thursday August 7 in room K 103.  Please see the  STaRS symposm flyer and the Program Abstracts.

STaRS is located on the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) in the South End of Boston, a  small multicultural neighborhood with a lively arts community.  Boston is defined by its neighborhoods .  As a major college-oriented city Boston offers many cultural and recreational activities to engage the varied interests of  a large and diverse student population.   STaRS provides opportunities for research scholars to explore Boston, visit major attractions, and meet other like-minded students enjoying summer in the city.


Forensic Anthropology Program Joins TRACES in Decomposition Project

July 2nd, 2014 in Academics, BMFS, General News

The Graduate Program in Forensic Anthropology, within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine has been invited to participate in a multi-site international taphonomy (decomposition) study to establish the natural decomposition of tissues from day zero until they become fully skeletonized or mummified. BU’s team, including Program Director, Dr. Tara Moore, Associate Director, Dr. Donald Siwek and Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist Dr. James Pokines has committed to the placement of 10  pigs in their decomposition field, located on 32 acres in Holliston, MA. They will be documenting temperature, rain and the progression of decomposition. The data collection includes recordings of a Total Body Score subject to a graded scale for the head and neck area, trunk and limbs. The ultimate endpoint is when samples achieve full skeletonization and the decomposition process has come to a stop. This particular project is expected to reveal how decomposition is affected by temperature changes around the globe and contribute to the understanding and interpretation of taphonomic data.

Along with Boston University, The Taphonomic Research in Anthropology: Centre for Experimental Studies (TRACES) has invited 4 other institutions, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Central Lancaster, U.K., Turkish Police Forensic Laboratory-Ankara Turkey and The Ministry of Justice-Bangkok, Thailand.

The  Forensic Anthropology program at BUSM is designed to train individuals in the theory, practice, and methods of biological and skeletal anthropology employed by forensic anthropologists in medicolegal death investigations. Students receive extensive training in osteology, forensic anthropological techniques and procedures, forensic anthropology field methods, biological anthropology theory, taphonomy, human anatomy, crime scene investigation and methods of human identification. This is a full-time 42 credit Master of Science program. To learn more about this program and others, please visit the Graduate Medical Sciences website.

RCR Summer Workshops

May 29th, 2014 in General News


Summer 2014

Registration for the Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


Online Preparation (Step 1 of the Advanced RCR Program) was expanded as of September 1, 2013 to include two parts.  To enroll:

Part A, go to Blackboard and self-enroll in the course entitled Introductory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Ongoing) (about 1 hour; PowerPoint with quiz). To self-enroll: go to your Blackboard Learn homepage, click on the second tab all blackboard learn courses, and on the left hand side of that page search for RCR and the course will be displayed in a list.; and

Part B, go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative CITI and

  1. Sign up for a CITI account using your Boston University email address.
  2. Affiliate with Boston University (please note that if you affiliate with Boston University Medical Campus through CITI, you will not be able to access the RCR course).
  3. Enroll in and complete the BU RCR for Doctoral Candidates and Post-docs course (about two hours; three online modules with quizzes).

New RCR participants (those who commence the RCR program on or after September 1, 2013) must complete both Step 1A and 1B prior to attending any workshop or alternative RCR course.  NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR ATTENDANCE AT A WORKSHOP IF YOU DID NOT COMPLETE BOTH PARTS A AND B OF ADVANCED RCR ONLINE PREPARATION BEFORE ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP.

Continuing RCR Participants (those who commenced the RCR program prior to September 1, 2013 either by attending at least one  workshop or by completing BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format) will be given credit for Step 1 upon completion of BU Advanced RCR Online Preparation in the old format on Blackboard.  You will not be required to complete Part B of Step 1, although you are urged to do so for your own benefit.


Doctoral candidates are recommended to complete Steps 1 (A and B) in the second year of their doctoral program; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in their second or third year; and complete the four workshops at the rate of one workshop per semester, so that all workshops are completed, at the latest, by the end of the fourth year.

Postdoctoral researchers are recommended to complete Step 1 as early as possible in their position at BU; commence Step 2 (the four Core RCR workshops) in the semester in which Step 1 is completed; and complete the four workshops at the rate of at least one workshop per semester.

Participants with NIH or NSF compliance requirements (of which your PI will inform you) must complete Step 1 within 30 days of receiving support from NIH or NSF. If you are a doctoral candidate or postdoctoral researcher, Advanced RCR Step 2 must then be commenced as soon as available and completed within not more than four semesters (not less than one workshop per semester).

Please register NOW for Summer 2014 Workshops at:

To check the status of your attendance, please go to:


At CRC: Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (9th Floor) 

Workshop 1: Data Integrity – Tuesday, May 27, 1-3 PM


Workshop 4: Objectivity in Science – Tuesday, June 17, 1-3 PM

At BUMC: School of Medicine, Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor) 

Workshop 2: Collaborative Research – Wednesday, June 4, 1-3 PM


Workshop 3: Scientific Publication – Wednesday, June 11, 1-3 PM



For information on the overall RCR Program, including the changes, go to: