GSD Announcements
2014 January 31

The Graduate Student Division (GSD) within the Office for Research Career Development,
a branch of the Center for Faculty Development, was created to foster a graduate student community and to serve the practical needs of graduate students
from all academic institutions who are associated with basic and clinical research at MGH.


  Graduate Student
  Social Night

  How to Write
  a Successful

  GSD Two-Part Career
  Advancement Series

  "Meet and Greet"
  with Galit Alter, PhD



  with the GSD

  Upcoming Courses
  at Harvard Catalyst

  Future in Life


1. MGH Graduate Student Social Night on Feb 20-
    Presented by the GSD Committee

Come socialize with your fellow graduate students at MGH. Spouses and friends are welcome!

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Location: Boston Beer Works, 112 Canal Street, Boston, MA 02114

Please email for more information or register here by Tue, Feb 18.

2. How to Write a Successful NIH NRSA Grant on Feb 27-
    GSD Educational Seminar: Career Advancement Series

This seminar will provide an overview of the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grant mechanisms. NRSA predoctoral (F31) and postdoctoral (F32) fellowship training grants provide an invaluable resource towards launching a career as an independent researcher. We will discuss the elements that go into a successful NRSA grant application, including how to pick a research project, how to select sponsors and mentors, and what to emphasize in a solid training plan.

Facilitator: Kristen K. Ellard, Ph.D., Clinical Fellow in Psychology
                Bipolar Clinic and Research Program Program, MGH                 

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location provided upon registration.

Pre-registration is required, please register here by Fri, Feb 21.

3. SAVE THE DATE: Career Advancement Series: GSD Two-Part Career Advancement Series - March 2014-
    Graduate Student Division Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Two-part series for MGH graduate students.

This series will provide advice for how to succeed during an interview and help you prepare for your interview for academia or industry.

Facilitator: Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers

Part I: "Interview Prep" will provide tips on research that a candidate can do to make sure they have relevant background information on the company and interviewers.

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location provided upon registration.

Pre-registration is required, please register here by Fri, Mar 7.

Part II:"Mock Interview" will provide guidance for acing scientific, non-scientific, and consulting interviews.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1 pm
Location provided upon registration.

Pre-registration is required, please register here by Fri, Mar 21.

From Other CFD Offices

1. "Meet and Greet" Networking Breakfast with Dr. Galit Alter on Feb 25-
     Presented by the Office for Women's Careers

Galit Alter, PhD, joined MGH in 2003 as a research fellow. In nine years she advanced to the faculty rank of Associate Professor of Medicine, and in 2013 she won a prestigious MGH Research Scholar award. This is an opportunity to hear from Dr. Alter about her career path and to gain some insights to help with your own career trajectory.

Speaker: Galit Alter, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS; Kristine and Bob Higgins MGH
  Research Scholar; Director, Ragon Institute Imaging Core, and Director, Harvard Center
  for Aids Research Immunology Core

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 to 9:30 am
Location provided upon registration.

Please click here to register by Fri, Feb 14.


1. MGH GSD Facebook group -
    Created by GSD Committee

REMINDER: There is a facebook group created for you!

Join the group today and start participating in social activities with your peers!

The link to the facebook group is:

2. CONSULTATIONS: GSD is offering consultations for MGH graduate students -

Are you interested in academic or career advice?

Thilo Deckersbach, PhD, Director of the Graduate Student Division within the Office for Research Career Development is available for individual meetings to discuss your career advancement.

To schedule a consultation please email

3. Responsible Conduct of Research course offered at Harvard Catalyst-
    Sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst

This eight-week course fulfills NSF and NIH requirements for formal Responsible Conduct of Research instruction.
Friday mornings, January 31- March 14, 2014

Registration closes TODAY. Please click here for more information, and here to register.

4. Future in Life Sciences (FILS) Series: Consulting Career Paths on Feb 19-
    Presented by Propel Careers and MassBioEd

Futures in Life Sciences events are tailored for graduate students, postdocs and medical residents and discuss exciting career paths in the life sciences industry in various functional areas.

Dates: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Location: MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th floor, Cambridge, MA

Please click here for more information.


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