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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

September 29, 2021
in this issue: 

1. The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for Graduate Students
2. View Recent Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
3. October Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
4. Seeking students to participate in a Focus group

5. F31 Fellowship Forum
6. September Job Opportunities for Case Graduate Students
7. National Postdoctoral Association: INSURANCE 101 Seminar
8. Professional Development Seminar


Upcoming Events & Announcements

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for Graduate Students
To help advance social justice and promote diversity and equity through higher education, The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund, has launched The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for Graduate Students
Ten scholarships, totaling up to $100,000, are available for current graduate students from underserved or marginalized communities, including minority, LGBTQ+, low-income, and first-generation college students.  The application window is open now through Oct. 25.
To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident currently enrolled at least half-time at an accredited graduate level program. Interested applicants will be required to upload a short video about their passion for advancing social justice.
The Bridging the Dream for Graduate Students Scholarship is part of a $3 million commitment made by The Sallie Mae Fund to open doors for students from all backgrounds pursuing higher education. 
Students can apply today at
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Ends Oct. 25, 2021. See Official Rules.

Seeking students to participate in a Focus group
In the Office of Graduate Education at the School of Medicine, we are here to provide support, guidance and resources to all of our graduate students. To understand how best we can support our students, specifically in the area of professional and career development, we would like to invite a representative group of students to join us in conversation for an hour over lunch. This will be an informal session with our program manager Tessianna Misko. Participants will be thanked with lunch and a gift card to show our appreciation of their time and honest insight and feedback.

If you are interested in joining us for a session, please fill out this  survey by October 4th to provide us with some information about you and your availability for a session. Please note that filling out this survey does not guarantee your participation. If you are selected, you will be notified with the date of the session we have scheduled you for.

Thank you for your time and consideration! We greatly appreciate it. 

Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
Click here to view the Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Planning to Get Into Professional School: Resources at CWRU to Help You Get There".
The next Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "MD Admissions Process" is scheduled on Tuesday, October 5th at 12:00 pm via zoom.  Click here to download the flyer that contains the zoom link and passcode.  

September Job Opportunities for Case Graduate Students

The GSC would like to share September job opportunities for postdoc positions in Biology, Neuroscience/Neurobiology, Immunology/Microbiology,  and Computational Biology.  Click here for more details.

The National Postdoctoral Association is hosting a webinar titled "INSURANCE 101" on Wednesday, October 6th at 1:00pm.  Click here for more details.


Professional Development Seminar

The Graduate Education Office is excited to invite you to join us at  our Professional Development Seminar Series: "Networking and Informational Interviewing" presented by Krittika Grau from the CWRU Office of Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Learning on Thursday, Sept 30th from 12-1PM in Robbins E739.


Professional Development Seminar
The Graduate Education Office has organized an F31 Fellowship Forum for students who plan to submit or resubmit their proposals for the December deadline. This forum will be Q&A style giving students the opportunity to have their questions answered by successfully funded students and faculty involved in the F31 process. While this event is intended for NIH applications, it will also be beneficial for those submitting to foundations. Please contact Tawna Mangosh ( with any questions. We hope to see you there!
  • When: Wednesday October 6th, 4-5pm
  • Where: Webster Seminar Room W331
  • Forum Participants: funded graduate students, a funded graduate student-research mentor pair, and an F31 reviewer
  • Bonus: Example F31 proposals and an online question/discussion board will be made available for all students in attendance and an additional Q&A session will be held in November for any last minute questions.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Bryan Webb
Pharmacology Dissertation Defense
Monday, October 4th
Wood Building, Room 331
"CDK7 Deadly CINS: Discerning the Mechanisms Regulating the Sensitivity and Resistance to CDK7 Inhibition in Breast Cancer

GEO Wants to Hear From You

Have you published a paper, received a fellowship, or have other exciting news you want to share?  Well, the Graduate Education Office would like to hear you. To submit information to be included in the GEO newsletter, please complete the GEO announcement submission form.

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