Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Society for Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) gathered at UMass Boston on Saturday April 9th to hold its third New England Regional SACNAS Conference. More than 110 participants from 18 different institutions (colleges, universities and government organizations) gathered at the Integrated Science Complex to celebrate science, community and culture. Organizer of the regional conference, Dr. Adán Colón-Carmona from the Biology Department, opened the gathering with a warm welcome to the campus, encouraging all participants to socialize and share one’s science.

The conference included a collection of scientific speakers who spoke on topics ranging from health disparities to climate change, to molecular and cellular biology. A number of professional development workshops were also offered to participants, such as grant writing, applying to graduate school and mentoring relationships. Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty had opportunities to network and mentor one another.

The keynote speaker, Dr. David Burgess (Cherokee) professor of biology at Boston College, discussed his experience as a cell biologist and one of only few Native American scientists. He motivated conference participants to pursue a career one loves to do, to be proud of oneself, and not settle until one has achieved great success.

SACNAS is one of the largest and oldest national societies of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Latinos and Native American scientists to attain college degrees, careers and positions of leadership in all science fields (http://sacnas.org/).  Additionally, SACNAS is a strong promoter of diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, organizing conferences open to everyone, providing mentoring and recruiting resources, promoting the professional development of young scientists, and working collaboratively with other scientific societies, corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies to advance public policy agendas that enhance diversity in the sciences.

The conference was sponsored by UMass Boston, the UMass Boston-Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center U54 Partnership, and the National Research Mentoring Network (https://nrmnet.net/).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What is IMSD and Is applying to IMSD right for you?
If you are a science major at UMass Boston, thinking about going to graduate school, and looking for research experience, consider applying to the IMSD program! We have rolling admissions, so please read below, and feel free to get in touch with the Program Manager (claudia.heske@umb.edu) if you have any questions.

  • Are you interested in gaining valuable laboratory research skills?
  • Did you know you can get paid while receiving research training?
  • Did you know that research experience is critical preparation for graduate school?
  • Did you know you can present your research at local or national science meetings?
  • Did you know there is a community of students at UMass Boston interested in becoming biomedical researchers?
  • Did you know there are extra resources to help you succeed in your coursework and apply successfully to graduate schools?
  • Did you know that there is a program right on this campus that can help you to do all of these things?
The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) at UMass Boston is an NIH-funded training program for undergraduates who want to pursue graduate studies at the PhD level, in order to enter a career in biomedical research. The program has rolling admissions – applications are reviewed as they are completed and new students appointed as slots become available. Whether or not you are funded by IMSD, we welcome you to participate in our program and become part of our research community. IMSD sponsors many activities and events that are open to every student at UMB interested in research careers, and you are welcome to attend.  In addition to creating and maintaining this blog, all announcements for IMSD-related events can be found on our IMSD Facebook page or the IMSD Events calendar page.
If you would like to apply to IMSD, please find the application on our website.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mark Your Calendars for the 

3rd Annual Sciences Grad School Fair @ UMB!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:30-2:00 in Campus Center
Find Out More Info on the Programs at the Fair Here:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Appications accepted until October 15, 2015 for the Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For UMass Boston students:
Two research programs you may apply to. 
Deadlines are in late March!

HESP is open to all UMB majors and is a year-long program (running September 2015 through August 2016) that culminates in an opportunity to do a paid summer research internship during Summer 2016. 

U-54 Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Outreach Internship.  
We are actively seeking two students: one fluent in Spanish and English; the other student does not need to speak a foreign language. Students can contact me, Diedra Wrighting, at (617) 287-6082 or via email at diedra.wrighting@umb.edu with questions regarding this opportunity.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Attention Graduate students: two programs sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology.
·         The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Fellowship Program encourages minority students to continue and complete their Ph.D. in the microbiological sciences by providing a 3 year stipend up to $21,000/year and professional development opportunities. Deadline to apply is May 1st. Learn more here: bit.ly/watkins15sp.
·         The ASM Kadner Institute provides personalized guidance in grant preparation and review and a closely guided experience for choosing and succeeding in a microbiology career. Apply by May 31st. Learn more here: bit.ly/kadner15sp.
Applications are currently available online. I kindly ask that you share this information with your students and various student-based programs at your institution. In addition, please encourage your graduate students and postdocs to check www.asmgap.orgthroughout the year for new opportunities and resources. Should you have any questions about this program or other Education Board sponsored programs, please contact asmgap@asmusa.org.