Category: Prospective Student

SURP Symposium Another Success

July 20th, 2013 in test

SURP 2013 Students

SURP 2013

The Division of  Graduate Medical Sciences  hosted the 4th annual summer research symposium on Thursday, August 1, 2013  showcasing research projects conducted by visiting students.  Jasmin Alves (Westminster College),  Carolina Amorim (Weidner University),  Lynisha Farrell (University of Virgin Islands),  Norma Hernandez  (Georgia State University), Victor Otano-Rivera (University of Puerto Rico),  Carlo Quintanilla (San Diego State University),  Mayara Lorena de Souza  (Washington and Jefferson University), Igor Rodrigues Ramos (Washington and Jefferson University) and Charmonix Williams (Jackson State University) presented their projects to 60 attendees from the medical campus research community.  Dr. Karen Antman,  Dean,  Boston University School of Medicine, welcomed attendees and thanked them for  contributing to the success of the program.

What is SURP?  The summer research program (SURP) is a pipeline program initiated  by Dr. Linda Hyman, Associate Provost,  to offer exceptional basic science research opportunities to academically talented  students traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.  Students in the program aspire to professional careers as medical scientists and other important roles within the  research enterprise. The progression of  SURP from pilot program to competitive summer internship for underrepresented (URM) students began in the summer of 2010 with ten students from Xavier University (Louisiana). Over four years, under the leadership of Linda Zimmerman,  Program Manager,  SURP increased the number of  URM applicants by 200%. The remarkable increase in applications was due to conscientious marketing and outreach activities implemented by faculty and staff.

Key components of  SURP  include:  daily, mentored scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and lab community;  weekly professional development activities and  journal club;  cohort-based housing on the Boston University campus;  social activities focused in Boston and led by a peer group leader;  and an end-of-program symposium. Graduates of  SURP are encouraged to present their research at national meetings such as the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and Advancing Hispanics, Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS), and to continue pursuing career interests in medical research and health care.

The following is a list of student presenters and abstract titles with full abstracts available in the Program Booklet.

  • Jasmin Alves (Farmer Lab): Gelsolin Expression is Regulated during Brown and White Adipogenesis and is more prominent in White compared to Brown Adipose Tissue
  • Carolina Amorim (Genco Lab): Regulation of small RNA in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae.
  • Lynisha Farrell (Corkey Lab): Alterations in Extrecellular Redox States Affect Pancreatic Beta-Cell Insulin Secretion Levels
  • Norma A. Hernandez (Wolozin Lab): Protein translation inhibitor reduces TDP-43 inclusion formatio
  • Mayara Lorena de Souza (Cruikshank Lab): Cockroach allergen changes the balance between ciliated and secretory cells in the respiratory epithelium
  • Victor Otano-Riviera (Sherr Lab): Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Human Breast Cancer Cell Chemo-Resistance
  • Carlo Quintanilla (Zhdanova Lab): Age-Related Differences of Adult Neurogenesis in Zebrafish
  • Igor Ramos (Garcia-Marcos Lab): GIV regulates integrin signaling pathways upon Extra Cellular Matrix stimulation
  • Charmonix Williams (Bullitt Lab): Is Erythrocyte Spectrin really 190nm in Length?

Biochemistry Faculty Awards

June 13th, 2013 in Faculty Spotlight, Homepage, test

Congratulations to our GMS faculty Drs. Cathy Costello and Vickery Trinkaus Randall. For more information see Biochemistry.


Congratulations to Catherine E. Costello for her appointment as a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, which was just announced by President Brown! This is major university honor, recognizing Cathy’s superlative scientific accomplishments and scholarly contributions. This is the first time the professorship has been awarded to a faculty member whose primary appointment is at the medical school. Additional information Professorship.


Trinkaus-RandleCongratulations to Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall who was recognized with the GMS Faculty Recognition Award for her years of tireless efforts on behalf on all of the students of GMS.  Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the CMB Program, taking each student under her wing from the date of matriculation to the day of graduation.  In addition, Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has been instrumental in creating the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences curriculum and one of the newest GMS initiatives, the Program in Biomedical Sciences.

PiBS Lab Rotations: Faculty Availability

May 15th, 2013 in test

Mini-Symposium on Educational Neuroscience – April 19th.

April 5th, 2013 in General News, Prospective Student

Neuroscience for Educators: Toward the Science of Learning
A Mini-symposium on Educational Neuroscience

Friday, April 19, 2013

This Mini-symposium is a six-hour in-depth introduction and review of current and future directions in the Science of Learning.  Recent developments in Educational Neuroscience and the Science of Learning have demonstrated how teaching and learning can be informed by scientific, technological, and educational cognitive research initiatives.  Distinguished thought leaders in Education and Neuroscience will provide insights into the scientific, structural, and teaching practices needed for the advancement of this emergent field.

08:00-  08:30   Continental Breakfast and Poster Board Session

08:30-  08:40   Welcoming Remarks – Mark Moss, PhD

08:40-  09:15   State of Science of Learning and Educational Science – Carl Franzblau, PhD

09:15-  10:00   Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning – Peter Bergethon, MD

10:00-  10:30   The Role of Computational Neuroscience in the Science of Learning –

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, PhD

10:30-  10:45   Break

10:45-  11:15   The Graduate Educational Challenges of the Science of Learning –

Kurt Fischer, PhD

11:15-  11:45   Advances in the Discipline of the Science of Learning and Educational

Neuroscience – Bruce McCandliss, PhD

11:45-  12:45   Moderated Thought Leadership Roundtable

Moderator – Mark Moss, PhD

Panel Members – Carl Franzblau, Peter Bergethon, Kurt Fischer,

Bruce McCandliss

12:45- 12:50    Closing Remarks – Mark Moss, PhD

1:00-    1:45     Reception and Poster Board Viewing

  • Four Hours of Continuing Education credits are available
  • Objectives: Participants completing this symposium should be able to
    • Understand the interrelationship of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and teaching
    • Describe the Science of Learning
    • Understand the role of Educational Neuroscience in the Science of Learning
    • Understand the role of Neuropsychology in the Science of Learning
    • Understand the role of Educational Psychology in the Science of Learning


  • Where:  670 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
    • Main Auditorium, First Floor


  • Parking is located at 710 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118


  • Cost to attend $45.00 (early registration $25.00 – by March 15th 2013) (Students, General admission, non-Continuing Education credits is free)
  • Website to register:
  • Please mail checks to
    • Ms. Patty Jones, 650 Albany Street, Suite X-140, , MA 02118


Abstracts due 4/19 McCahan Education Day

March 20th, 2013 in General News, Research, test

The 2013 John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. BUMC faculty, fellow, residents, students and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and abstracts of ongoing or completed education projects.  Abstracts must be submitted by Friday April 19, 2013.  Cash prizes awarded for top abstracts.  For more information please see flyer or link.

Attend Education Day to:

  • Network with other creative educators in the BUMC community
  • Showcase your innovations and ideas in classroom, clinical and lab teaching
  • Cultivate your teaching skills


BUMC faculty, fellows, residents, students and staff are invited to submit proposals for workshops and abstracts of ongoing or completed education projects.

**Cash prizes awarded to top abstracts**

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, April 19

Information can be found here.

MA in Medical Sciences Open House 3/15 from 3pm – 6pm

February 19th, 2013 in Academics, General News, Prospective Student, test

The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences is hosting an Open House on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 3-6PM at Boston University School of Medicine, Room L-201.

The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences while strengthening their academic credentials for admission to medical and other professional schools. It is a 32-credit program, with a required thesis, that can be completed in one or two calendar years. All coursework is taken in the first year but many student elect to use the second year to gain valuable research and volunteer experience at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center or off-campus.

Please RSVP to:
Dr. Gwynneth Offiner
Program Director

GMS Art Exhibit: Growing Older, Growing Stronger 2/6

January 22nd, 2013 in test

GMS Art Exhibit: Growing Older, Growing Stronger

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, L-317, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118

Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) are living longer than ever before, but aging and elderly women with ID face significant health disparities and other challenges. This population can sometimes be invisible. Growing Older, Growing Stronger is a photography exhibit featuring the work of aging women with ID. It was produced using Photo Voice, a participatory research technique where participants become co-researchers in the project and are given cameras and asked to document their worlds. This exhibit of co-researcher photography explores themes of community inclusion, belonging, relationships, loss and joy, as documented by the artist co-researchers. This project is part of GMS’s Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice master’s student Nechama Greenwood’s thesis work researching aging with ID. Co-researcher artists will be on hand to answer questions and light refreshments will be served.

GMS Participates in October 25th Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

June 18th, 2012 in Academics, General News, Prospective Student

Please join the Division of Graduate Medical Science at the upcoming Virtual Grad Fair.  Learn about our 26 different MA, MS, PhD and MD/PhD Degrees online while talking to representatives from many of our programs.  Please see details below.

biomed_october-2012-bigbannerVirtual Biomed Grad School Fair :
October 25, 2012

Biomedical Sciences Graduate students–Decide where you want to go to school!
Unique opportunity to meet Admission Representatives from more than 21 renowned Biomed grad schools
Registered Schools Listed Here

Connect real-time with schools without leaving your home or office.  Attend the fair online from anywhere!
Register here:

See BU’s Graduate Medical Sciences Profile page here:


What students have said about prior events:

“The Virtual Fair was extremely convenient and useful. I was able to communicate with multiple schools of my interest and ask questions. This Virtual Fair also saved me time and traveling fees if I were to visit the schools’ campuses instead.”

“I thought the virtual fair was extremely helpful. Chatting with the school representatives helped give me some direction for what I’d like to pursue, as well as some helpful tips/expectations for the application process.”

“I feel that this was great concept…It gave me an opportunity to ask questions that may not have been answered on their website and to see other potential students’ questions that I may not have thought to ask.”
“It was perfect. I loved the fact that school representatives gave out their e-mail addresses and encouraged us to contact them.”

“The whole system was very user friendly.”

Begin or refine your grad school search at the Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair on September 12th.

Questions: or 770-980-0088

NEW: BSO Tickets Available to Students and Postdocs

June 14th, 2012 in General News, test

Now available Boston Symphony Orchestra College Cards. Stop by the GMS Office,  L315 (Evans 8 while under renovation ),  to pick one up.  Cards are limited to one per person, first come, first serve.

Register your College Card on the BSO’s website to find out what performances are available, as well as to sign up to receive e-mail alerts when new performances are added.

Working in a Multicultural Group

June 8th, 2012 in test

Featuring:  Anne Copeland, PhD
Founder and Executive Director, the Interchange Institute

Tuesday, June 19 3:30 – 5:00 pm Wilkins Boardroom 120 Evans, 72 East Concord St.

Today’s university is a mini-United Nations. The most productive labs, departments and work groups are the ones that understand the cultural values that affect relationships, communication style and scientific reasoning, and whose members share the ability to recognize and adapt to these differences. When everyone on a team – Americans and internationals alike – shares an understanding of these cultural dimensions and a vocabulary for discussing them in a neutral, balanced way, they can proceed to their shared core work more quickly and productively. In this workshop, we will briefly review the international research on cultural values that affect work assumptions and relationships, and differences in scientific reasoning approaches that affect collaborations in multicultural teams. We will look at core cultural values in communication style and work relationships, including relationships between lab directors and staff, decision-making, work commitment, and other topics suggested by attendees.

Open to all postdocs, PhD students, faculty, and staff

To register: email