Boston—Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation ((NSF) for its pilot project BEST BET: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training – Beginning Enhancement Track.
The goal of BEST BET is to engage undergraduate students from populations generally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) earlier in their career exploration. Specifically, the project will target undergraduates who may not be aware of the multitude of career options available to them. These include opportunities in academia, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, science communication, science policy and technology transfer/patent law.
BUSM was one of 27 institutions to receive this award through NSF’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) program, which is aimed at enhancing leadership in STEM discoveries and innovations through a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“The critical contributions of a diverse and inclusive community are essential to progress in all STEM fields. By promoting diversity in education, we hope to engage undergraduate students at a point in their professional development that could enable participation in a wide range of workforce opportunities so as to advance the progress of science and national health,” explained Linda Hyman, PhD, associate provost for the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. “The underlying premise is that career exploration focused on opportunities that go beyond physician training will enable engagement of this community of learners in the life science workforce beyond the pre-med track and keep them engaged in degree completion,” added Hyman, who is also principal investigator on the grant.
Multiple strategies will be used to attain the goals of BEST BET. The first will focus on “career exploration” and offers strategies to build career and skill development capacities. The second is an enhanced experience of BEST site visits (Boston University, Cornell University, University of Colorado-Denver, University of North Carolina and Wayne State University) whereby undergraduates will have the opportunity to envision life as a graduate student and beyond. Hyman believes these strategies will likely enhance persistence to complete the baccalaureate degree and move onto doctoral programs.
“Broadening participation in STEM is necessary for the United States to retain its position as the world’s preeminent source of scientific innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “The National Science Foundation has a long history of working to address difficult challenges by creating the space for inventive solutions. NSF INCLUDES breaks new ground by providing a sustained commitment to collaborative change with the goal of bringing STEM opportunities to more people and communities across the country.”
Please join us in celebrating the success of our students at the HIR Student Achievement Day on May 1st. Please see the event itinerary or visit the 2015 Henry D. Russek Students Achievement Day page for additional details.
Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day will take place this year on Friday May 1st. Our Keynote Speaker and Visiting Professor will be the distinguished leader in the field of Cancer Biology, Dr. David M. Livingston, Emil Frei Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor in the Department of Genetics, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The submission of abstracts for poster presentations and the abstract/award packets will be due on April 3rd. Please see the Russek Day page for abstract and award packet submission details.
CANDIDATE -Anna Eisenstein
DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM: Molecular and Translational Medicine
TITLE OF DISSERTATION: “The Role of the A2B Adenosine Receptor in Adipogenesis and in Obesity-Induced Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”
DATE, TIME, AND PLACE: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00a.m.
Boston University School of Medicine , 650 Albany Street, Room X-715
Scholars Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday, April 15th in the George Sherman Union with abstract submissions due 4/6.
The abstract submission form for Scholars Day 2014 will be available between March 17-31 (starting and ending at noon on those dates) at http://www.bu.edu/provost/scholars-day-2014/. Advisors will be asked to approve student abstracts by Sunday, April 6th. Students whose abstracts are not approved by the deadline will not have a designated location at the event.
All graduate students in a degree-granting program at Boston University who are also engaged in research in any area of study are invited to participate. Postdoctoral researchers are also welcome, but are not eligible for awards.
This event is intended to honor and celebrate research by our graduate students and has been held at Boston University for nearly two decades. Originally, the event focused on science and engineering research, but was expanded in recent years to include the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Over time, the number and quality of presentations has grown enormously, as has the number of awards presented by schools, college, centers and institutes. The judging forms used by schools and colleges provide feedback to students from faculty reviewing the work.
This year, we hope to further encourage submissions from the arts and humanities by including panels, the conventional format for presenting research in these disciplines. Panels will be built around scholarly areas that emerge from the abstracts submitted.
Those students presenting posters will be asked to set up beginning at 9:30 a.m. Poster judging will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please plan to be present during as much of this time as possible, as you may need to assist the judges in their understanding of your work. Panel judging will take place during the sessions themselves, which will be scheduled in advance.
If you are a graduate student or post-doc, we hope you will consider participating (Post-docs are not eligible for awards). If you are a member of the faculty, we hope you will consider volunteering to judge and provide feedback, encouraging your graduate students to become involved, and persuading your undergraduate students to attend.
–This Seminar will be Rescheduled–
The MD/PhD program would like to invite you to a new Thursday Seminar Series: All the things you can’t learn doing experiments – scientific careers and beyond. One Thursday every month from 5:00PM-6:00PM we will bring in speakers from the greater
This Thursday, 2/13/14 Dr. Joseph Loscalzo – Chairman, Department of Medicine, at Brigham & Women’s hospital will be our guest for the evening from 5-6pm in X-715, 650 Albany Street, BUMC. See the MD/PhD current Seminar Page for future listings.
Dr. Joseph Loscalzo is Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine at
– Credit: Brigham & Woman’s Hospital
For more information or to submit a poster abstract or workshop proposal visit: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/jmedday/
Join us for a seminar entitled Authorship Credit: Avoiding and Resolving Differences will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 12 noon– 1 pm BUSM L110. This is open to all BUMC faculty, researchers, students and post-docs,
See Authorship Credit flyer for more details