GSD Announcements
2014 April 25

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.


  How to Identify
  Funding Opportunities

  Secrets to Success
  in Graduate School



  with the GSD

  Future in Life

  Career Expo


  Methods for RNA 2014


1. REGISTER NOW!How To Identify Funding Opportunities on May 7 -
    Graduate Student Division Seminar: Communication Series

Are you a graduate student and you are interested in finding new external funding opportunities for your research? Community of Science (COS) Pivot is a database of funding announcements from government, commercial and international sponsors.

At this seminar you will learn how to:
    •  Find grant opportunities to support your research
    •  Find awards, scholarships, and travel support opportunities for you
    •  Set up COS Funding Alert for weekly, individualized notifications based on your needs/interests
    •  Learn how to describe your research interest in the context of funding opportunities

Facilitator: Amy Robb, Assistant Director for Prospect Research and Funding Opportunities, Corporate and Foundation Relations, MGH Development Office

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location provided upon registration.

Pre-registration is required, please register here by Thu, May 1.

From Other Offices

2. Secrets to Success in Graduate School Seminar
    Presented by Dora Farkas,Ph.D, Founder of

Would you like to finish your thesis soon and find a job? For the first time, we are pleased to offer you a new seminar, called "Secrets to Success in Graduate School". Intended for students at all stages of graduate school this seminar teaches how to structure your experience in graduate school, so you can break your research and writing into manageable stages.

The seminar is led by Dora Farkas, PhD, Thesis and Career Coach, author of "The Smart Way to Your PhD: 200 Secrets from 100 Graduates"

During this seminar, you will learn:

    •  The five steps to success in graduate school
    •  What causes burnout in graduate school and how to prevent it
    •  Tips for communicating with your thesis supervisor to get the mentoring you need
    •  Strategies for improving productivity throughout the day
    •  How to stay focused and motivated to work on your thesis until it is done

Time and place of seminar will be determined based on number of participants. If you would like to register or to receive more information about this seminar
please email


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!


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

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.

Please email to schedule a consultation.

3. Future in Life Sciences (FILS) Series: Career Paths Clinical Development, Regulatory, and
    Medical Affairs on May 13-

    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.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Location: MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th floor, Cambridge, MA

Please click here for more information and to register.

4. Naturejobs Career Expo Boston on May 20-
    Presented by Naturejobs

The inaugural Naturejobs Career Expo Boston aims to promote global career opportunities in science, be it in industrial research, research organizations or academia. It presents the best opportunities from the best organizations: public, private, national and international.

Job seekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. In addition, the conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide a unique opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice and allow attendees to learn about their career development from speakers active in a range of disciplines, organizations and countries.

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston, MA

Attendance to the Naturejobs Career Fair and Conference is FREE. Registration is required to attend. Please click here for more information and to register.

5. International Postdoctoral Program

GENETHON is launching International Postdoctoral Program to attract excellent scientists who wish to pursue their career in the field of gene therapy. Postdoctoral research positions are available for a period of three years.

Genethon is a non-profit organization hosting over 200 scientists, with excellent facilities for research, development and manufacturing of gene therapy products. Its main mission is the discovery and clinical development of novel strategies for gene therapy of rare diseases.

Eligibility: Applicants who have less than three years of post-doctoral experience are eligible.

Please click here for complete list of application documents and more information.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2014.

6. Computational Methods for RNA 2014 registration deadline Jun 6-
    Presented by the Clote Lab at Boston College

The objective of this summer school is to provide an overview of the biology/chemistry and computational methods related to RNA, with focus on synthetic biology.

The summer school is principally intended for students and researchers from areas related to Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Math, or related field, having an interest in RNA and Synthetic Biology research. The summer school will last 5 days, July 6-10, 2014, each day consisting of a morning lecture (3 hours) and an afternoon invited talk (2 hours).

Dates: July 6-10, 2014
Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Please click here for more information and to register by Fri, Jun 6.