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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

July 7, 2021
in this issue: 

1. BGSO Announcements
2. Three Minute Thesis Competition at CWRU

3. Forge Forward: Forge Biologics Partnership Opportunity
4. National Postdoctoral Association Gender Equity Summit
5. Prevent Blindness Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awardee
7. Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Webinars


BGSO Announcements



Upcoming Events & Announcements

Click here to download flyer.
Forge Forward: Forge Biologics Partnership Opportunity
Many of you expressed interest in a potential on campus internship/training experience with Forge Biologics.  Below are more detail to ensure all students who are interested can apply.

Key program details:
-It is an 8 week full time training program starting July 26th that is focused on training in the laboratory skills needed for performing gene therapy research in a good manufacturing process environment, including cell culture and sterile techniques; for more advanced students with this experience, you can progress through the first weeks more quickly and learn more advanced techniques
-It will be on campus with 1 or 2 day trips to Forge Biologics in the Columbus area to see their facilities and interact with them.
-There is NO tuition for this program as it is sponsored by Forge
-You must either have completed your degree program or be in a position to complete it during the program (i.e. can complete it by doing this program or a course done asynchronously in the evenings); you MAY be able to get up to 6 credits of independent study or internship credit for this class (you would have to pay tuition for that)
-You must be interested in working at Forge Biologics upon completion of the training (e.g. if you are applying to medical school, please do not apply)
-All participants will get a certificate of completion and all will be interviewed for a position at Forge at the end of the program, although you are not obligated to take the position if you do not feel it is right for you (and they are not obligated to give you an offer), we expect you to at least be interested in working for them to participate, and they expect to be interested in hiring you!

We do plan on running another session starting in January or early February for those of you who aren't done yet.

If you are interested in applying for the session starting July 26th, please do the following no later than July 12th:
-Email your CV/resume and a cover letter talking about your interest in this training and working for Forge Biologics to Dr. Cheryl Thompson at
-Set up a meeting with Dr. Thompson via this link to discuss the program and see if it is a good fit for you.
Click here to download flyer.

Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium:
Precision Medicine and Cancer Disparities

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) and Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University (CCIPD) invite you to join us for the third annual Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium, November 8-9, 2021. For the health and safety of all attendees, this year's symposium will again take place virtually.

The 2021 Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium: Advancing Science and Policy will bring together clinicians, biomedical engineers, computer scientists, executives, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs with expertise in precision medicine, AI, machine learning, and oncology. These experts will discuss technical advances in AI, the challenges and advancements in deploying AI in the clinic, the need for the use of AI to address health disparities, the current regulatory and reimbursement landscape for AI in medicine, and the potential of AI to impact global health. 

Click here for more details.

Gender Equity Summit

7/12/2021 to 7/13/2021
Through a series of interactive online gender equity discussions led by NPA and partner organizations, raise and seek paths forward on barriers in the postdoctoral community toward gender equality, recognizing that women and gender-diverse people do not start in the same position as men. Five roundtable discussions are currently planned. Click here for more details.

Congratulations to Alyssa HubalI for receiving the Prevent Blindness Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research. This fellowship supports her training for the current summer while she works on the effects of combination therapy of Gefitinib and pyrimethamine in the treatment of ocular toxoplasmosis.

Upcoming Professional & Career Development Webinars in Aurora

CWRU has an institutional membership to Beyond the Professoriate events and their professional development e-learning platform, Aurora. 

A professional development e-learning platform designed by Beyond the Professoriate, which offers a variety of professional and career development programs and resources:

  • Live Webinars
  • Video Library
  • Professional Job Search Courses
  • Academic Career Courses
  • Job Search Assessment
Our CWRU institutional membership to Aurora means that you can access their content for free. Login using your CWRU network ID and passphrase.

Beyond the Professoriate is hosting a series of webinars in Aurora to support graduate student and postdoctoral professional and career development. 

June 18 - Overqualified or Under-qualified? Which is it, and what to do about it.

Sometimes, employers will say you’re overqualified for a position because you have a PhD! And yet, when you read job ads and see all those required years of experience, you feel under-qualified! So which is it? In this webinar, Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD will tell you how to pitch yourself to employers.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Identify the challenges PhDs face when applying for nonacademic jobs.
  • Describe the importance of translating your skills into the language of employers.
  • Apply strategies to communicate your value to professional employers.
  • Recognize how Beyond the Professoriate programming helps you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

July 9 - What you need to know about going on the academic job market.

Are you ready for the academic job market? Join Beyond the Professoriate for this special webinar featuring Dr. Dan Olson-Bang (Syracuse University) to learn what you need to know to go on the academic job market with confidence.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Outline the academic job market timeline.
  • Identify the essential documents you will need to apply for academic positions.
  • Develop a plan of action for going on the academic job market.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you in your academic job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

July 16 - Panel: How to identify a career that’s right for you.

You know that PhDs can be happy in a nonacademic career, but will you be? How can you find a career that will be intellectually engaging, rewarding, and challenging? Join Beyond the Professoriate for a conversation with 3 PhDs to learn how to find a job that’s right for you.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the importance of values and motivators in a career.
  • Conduct your own research using LinkedIn, job advertisements, and networking.
  • Develop criteria for evaluating nonacademic career options.
  • Recognize how Beyond the Professoriate programming helps you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

August 13 - Graduating this year? Here’s what you need to know about finding a job

Did you know it takes 6 to 9 months to land a nonacdemic job? If you’re graduating this year, you want to start preparing for life after your degree. But how do you fit job searching into your already packed schedule? Join Beyond the Professoriate Founder L. Maren Wood, PhD to learn how you can set yourself up for career success after your degree or postdoc.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance of the stages of PhD Career Transition.
  • Identify the components and timelines of an effective job search.
  • Develop SMART goals and a plan of action for your job search.
  • Identify resources in Aurora that can help you in your job search.
Use your CWRU network ID and passphrase to register for free at this link:

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PQHS Webinars
Join the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences for their upcoming webinars.  Click here for more details.

Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium 2021

October 25-26, 2021 | Virtual
Join us October 25-26, 2021 for the Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium, hosted virtually by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. This annual symposium highlights ongoing basic, translational, clinical and population studies addressing the biological mechanisms, management and prevention of breast cancer. Researchers from participating institutions will share their exciting work with a goal to develop cross-institutional collaborations.

Though this event is happening virtually, attendees will experience the conference using Whova, our official web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions in real-time, as well as network with others behind the scenes.

The Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium is made possible through the collaboration of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (The James), the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and the WVU Cancer Institute at West Virginia University.

Click here for more details.

In vivo Molecular Imaging and Treatment of Cancer
Postdoc Position Available
A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available to develop molecular imaging agents aimed at detecting tumors in the laboratory of Susann Brady-Kalnay, click here for more details.

Leadership and Professional Development Skills for

Biomedical Sciences
MGRD 425

What does it take to be a leader in Biomedical Sciences?  This course is designed to give graduate students in the biomedical and health sciences an opportunity to reflect on their professional skills and develop skills in the area of leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.  This course that will be offered from 08/23-12/03/2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Thompson.

CWRU Resources Available to Students
We all need a little help sometimes.  If you find yourself in need of assistance, here are some resources available to students from CWRU:
Source: Katie Gaffen, Department of Nutrition

New Virtual Mental Health Option for CWRU Students—
Wherever They Are

CWRU has announced a new initiative to help ensure that students living outside of Ohio can access mental health care during these trying times called CWRU Care. CWRU Care is a 24/7 mental telehealth care service that undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access from wherever they are.
Through CWRU Care, students can access two kinds of appointments: TalkNow Visits, which are available 24/7 and provide immediate support, and Scheduled Visits, which is a scheduled option for students to speak to a licensed counselor based on their needs and schedule. International students will only be able to use the 24/7 TalkNow visits, and not the scheduled option.

For more information about the program or to make an appointment, please visit

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Bowen Zhou
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Friday, July 9th
"Gasdermins: A Lattice Network of Cell Death Effectors
Peter Qiao
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, July 27th
"Improving Diagnosis of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Through Magnetic Resonance Molecular Imaging of the Extracellular Matrix

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