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PDA/GSC Spring Vendor Show 2016!

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On the 10th of May, 2016, we held our first ever PDA/GSC facilitated vendor show in Sackler 114!

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We had over 100 grad students, postdocs, technicians, PIs and MDs come grab lunch, chat to 9 different vendors and help support the efforts of the PDA and GSC. The gracious contributions from the vendors helped to over double the PDA budget for the next year – allowing us to put on even bigger and better events for the Tufts Community!

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Halloween Party with the Boston Community of Postdocs at Lir in Downtown Boston!

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Join your fellow postdocs from Tufts, MGH, HSPH, Joslin, MIT, Dana Farber and Children’s Hospital in a fun Halloween Party at Lir!

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We’ll have great food, an optional costume contest and a cash bar.

Come join us and meet some cool postdocs from other universities in the Boston area!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-bash-tickets-19123445741

Where:

Lir

903 Boylston Street

Boston, MA

When:

Saturday October 31st 6:30-9pm

Join us for an Adults Only Halloween at Legoland in Somerville on October 21st!

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Adult fans of LEGO®, join us for a Halloween themed Adult Night at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston.

Join us onfrankenstein_mini_20150624170200 Wednesday, October 21st from 7-9pm for games, prizes, a cash bar for guests aged 21+, and lots of LEGO® fun!

Tickets are $22.95 each. Significant others are welcome!

Purchase tickets from Eventbrite (http://tuftspdalegos.eventbrite.com/) or in person from Ania or Sarah.

4 Tips for living in Boston: a Postdoc perspective

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1. Reconcile the cost of housing in Boston

Due to the large population, limited space and antique infrastructure, housing in Boston is one of the most expensive in the country. The average STUDIO apartment goes for an average of $1000 a month. Combine that with a high cost of living (Boston is 28% higher than the national average) and your postdoctoral stipend can be eaten up fairly quickly. Luckily Boston is an amazing city and when you have the opportunity to hear about amazing new startups and collaborate with some of the best researchers in the world, so hopefully the fact that you can’t save as much as you want to during your postdoc can be mitigated by the awesome scientific community around you.

2. Utilize the amazing science community around you

Regardless of whether you want a career in academic science or private industry, networking will further your career goals in ways you cannot even foresee. The great thing about Boston is that there are an incredible amount of networking opportunities and seminars for you to attend! From the great events put on by the Postdoc Association and Graduate Student Councils at Tufts to outside organizations that bring people together. Here is a short list of some organizations and events that are well worth looking into! There are plenty others!

Start networking yesterday!

3. Take advantage of the seasons

Boston is known for its amazing seasons. Spring is revitalizing with flowers blooming and warmer weather rolling in. Summer is hot and sometimes humid, perfect for enjoying the beach or esplanade. Fall brings the gorgeous autumn colors and cooler nights and preludes to the colder winter months. Most Bostonians understand that for 4 months of year (December through March), they may be stuck inside due to bad weather, so they make the most of the spring, summer and fall months. There are a myriad of activities during this time, from concerts and Shakespeare in the park to food truck festivals, sporting events and much more.

4. Explore the city

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA and is world-renowned for it’s amazing history. However, don’t just get a Lobster Roll and stroll through Faneuil Hall and call it a day. Boston and the surrounding area is teeming with great sights and sounds. Here are a few ideas:

Although the lab is always calling, try to take some time out for yourself and make sure you get to experience the fantastic city Boston is!