Events

Insights into Careers in Commercial Sciences

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We were lucky enough to be joined by Cliff Ramsdell, PhD, Product Development Manager for Flow Cytometry in North America for Thermo Fisher Scientific. Cliff spoke about careers in commercial sciences as a often overlooked but richly rewarding way to use your analytical and research skills!

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Tufts PDA Mentoring Circles

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imagesAre you interested in guidance in your academic or industry career progression? Need help managing your work-life balance? Want to build your network?

What is a Mentoring Circle? 

A Mentoring Circle consists of several mentees with STEM, Humanties or Social Science backgrounds swho are committed to meeting monthly to support one another with support, advice, and information. Each circle will be directed by an experienced mentor.

Who will be in my circle? 

The MASS AWIS mentoring committee will review submitted surveys and match you with a circle based on interest, career goals, geography, and other factors.

What will we talk about? Are we just going to sit around and complain?

The mentoring circle is a supportive forum to constructively resolve all issues, but the focus is on career and personal growth. The group decide the details of scheduling and we will provide ideas and articles to help start conversations within your circle. All participants should be willing to both give and get professional and personal support from others in their circle. Mentors will aid in directing conversational topics within the circle and by sharing their knowledge and experience.

Applications due Friday, October 30.

Apply online at http://tiny.cc/TuftsMentorin

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!

Highlights of the Week – 21st August 2015

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Upcoming Events:

Sept 9

Get Powerful: Achieving influence, a MASS-AWIS Seminar
Click on link for more details

Sept 15

Futures in Life Sciences: Big Data Careers
(One of our former postdocs, Viktoria is a panelist!)

Sept 19

Postdoc Appreciation Week: Career Development Workshop with Sarah Cardozo Duncan
Details TBA

Sept 24

Postdoc Poster Competition on Boston campus
Details TBA

Take your PI to lunch – Boston campus
12PM Sackler 216A

Sept 25

Take your PI to lunch – Medford campus
12PM Aidekman Arts Center, Remis Sculpture Court

Posts from the Tufts PDA Facebook page:

Career Articles & Resources:

News/Opinions

Awards, Grants, Job Postings & Other Opportunities

Fun

Highlights of the Week – 14th August 2015

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Upcoming Events:

Sept 9

Get Powerful: Achieving influence, a MASS-AWIS Seminar
Click on link for more details

Sept 19

Postdoc Appreciation Week: Career Development Workshop with Sarah Cardozo Duncan
Details TBA

Sept 24

Postdoc Poster Competition on Boston campus
Details TBA

Take your PI to lunch – Boston campus
12PM Sackler 216A

Sept 25

Take your PI to lunch – Medford campus
12PM Aidekman Arts Center, Remis Sculpture Court

Posts on the Tufts PDA Blog:

Posts from the Tufts PDA Facebook page:

Career Articles & Resources:

News/Opinion pieces/Other:

Events:

Weekly Happenings – 07/24/15

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Welcome to this week’s Weekly Happenings – a combined list of upcoming events on and off campus brought to you by the Sackler Graduate Student Council, Post-doc Association, and Tufts Biomedical Business Club.  Just click on the links below for more information about each event.

2015 PDA Survey Ends Friday (07/24)!

Last chance to win one of two $10 Amazon Giftcards and give your thoughts on what you want the PDA to focus on this year!

Click here to fill it out!

EVENTS:

Jul 31
Sackler Relays
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This fun annual event will take place at the Medford campus and include various activities including races, a volleyball tournament, and more! Take advantage of shuttle buses that will bring students to the Medford campus at 12pm on the 31st. Raffle and admission tickets will be on sale Monday, July 27-Thursday, July 30 in the Jaharis Lobby. Stay tuned for more details!

Aug 5
Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Symposium Lecture – Marina Ramirez-Alvarado
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
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Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Symposium Poster Public Viewing
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Please join us for the end of the summer BDBS Symposium! We will have a speaker and a public viewing of the posters that show the research the BDBS students have been doing all summer.

Aug 30  July 30
PDA Career Development Brainstorming Meeting
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Boston campus: Jaharis 508
Medford campus: Barnum 207

Help organize career development events and improve your managerial and organizational skills and expand your network!

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program panelist opportunity