GSD Announcements
2014 May 23

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.


  Joint GSD and MGPA
  Networking Barbecue



  Secrets to Success
  in Graduate School


  7th Massachusetts
  Life Sciences
  Innovation (MALSI)

  Methods for RNA 2014


1. MGH Graduate Student Division (GSD) and Massachusetts General Postdoc
    Association (MGPA) Networking Barbecue on June 25-

    Presented by the MGH Graduate Student Division and Mass General Postdoc Association

Come join the GSD and the MGPA at this outdoor event where you can meet and socialize with other graduate students and postdocs. Lots of fun and food are guaranteed!

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: CNY 114 (lawn behind building)
*Open to Graduate Students and Research Fellows only*

Please click here to register by Friday, June 20.


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. 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? The "Secrets to Success in Graduate School" seminar intended for students at all stages of graduate school an it 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

3. International Postdoctoral Program

GENETHON is launching an 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.

4. The 7th Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day on Jun 3-
    Presented by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center

The 7th Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day is the biggest day for life sciences startups and innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a high-energy, hands-on event which brings together scientific leaders and business experts to mingle with scientists, post-docs, professors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and venture capitalists.

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Cost: $60 for students and post-docs

Please click here for more information and to register.

5. 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
Cost: $100

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