Biomedical PhD Student Organization

BPSO Mission 

The Biomedical PhD Student Organization (BPSO) aims to build and strengthen the community among PhD programs at BUMC; to foster personal and professional relationships between students faculty, alumni , and administrators; to promote interdisciplinary research at BU; and to cultivate camaraderie among Biomedical Science PhD students.

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BPSO Officers

President: Jhon Henao Vasquez

Vice President: Devin Kenney

Academic Liaison: Margaret Downs

Treasurer: Emily Lewkowicz

Secretary: Anna Smith

BPSO Business Meeting

March 2021 Meeting TBD

Please Join us for the March BPSO business meeting. Please take this opportunity to discuss your concerns, news, and updates happening on campus.

Registration Link: TBD

BPSO Volunteer Opportunities

Become a mentor to young aspiring scientists through the BU RISE summer internship program. If you’re interested please email Dr. Amanda Kautzman (

BPSO Newsletter: February 2021

COVID-19 Positivity Rate Increase at BU – Dean Requests 2 Tests/Week

Despite the decrease in daily positivity cases in Massachusetts, cases are on the rise within the BU community according to the schools dashboard. On Feb 9th 2021, the Dean of Students sent out an email urging students to test twice a week now until February 22nd.

Please plan your testing accordingly. In addition, please continue to wear a mask, social distance, and vaccinate when you can.


Professional Development Events

Feb 11th 5-6PM: PhD Drop in Virtual Office Hours

Dropin virtual office hours provide students with a space to ask Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs staff questions, receive professional development advice, and learn about available resources. Zoom Link: Here

Feb 17th 4-5PM: Career Planning & Exploration

Identifying the job that is right for you—whether in academia, industry, or beyond—takes work, and competing successfully for that job warrants a new approach to career planning. This workshop guides participants through the initial steps of identifying their particular skills, interests, and values for a future career and introduces participants to available resources to explore career pathways that align with those priorities. Register: Here

Feb 24th 4-5PM: Identifying Transferable Skills

In this interactive workshops participants will learn how to articulate key strengths and abilities gained during the academic experience, and how these skills translate to future roles in a variety of careers. Participants will learn how to reflect on past work experience to identify essential transferrable skills, and how to describe existing skills for audiences within and beyond academia. Register: Here

Our Community Cupboard Opening Back Up For Orders January 10th, 2021

The OCC will reopen for food orders after Intersession starting 1/10.

Click Here for to access the order form.