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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

May 26, 2021
in this issue: 

1. GEO Leadership Corner
2. BGSO Announcements 
3. GSC presents Summer Professional Development Fund!

4. Art of Science Deadline Extended to this Friday
5. Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information on Improving Enforcement of Title IX
6. CDC Holiday Safety Tips for Unvaccinated People
7. Upcoming Seminars


GEO Leadership Corner

Graduate students,

Congratulations!  You made it through another academic year!  To those of you who are graduating this May, a huge congratulations and we hope to see you at commencement.

As we hope you know, both of us hope each and every one of you have a great experience while a student here and are well prepared to take the next step in your career.  In order to help us know how we are doing and identify ways we can improve graduate education in the School of Medicine, we are asking all students to fill out a survey.  Whether you are graduating or not, please fill out either the master’s and post-bac student survey or the doctoral student survey.  

We very much appreciate your input and comments and take them very seriously.  The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Marvin and Cheryl

Marvin Nieman, PhD, FAHA                          Cheryl L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for                            Assistant Dean of Educational Initiatives, SOM
Graduate Education                                      Associate Professor
Associate Professor                                      Department of Nutrition
Department of Pharmacology                       Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

BGSO Announcements



2021-2022 BGSO Executive Board Election

Hello fellow students. Please vote for your new BGSO Executive board here!

BGSO GA meeting

Next BGSO GA meeting will be May 26th at 5pm!

Meeting ID: 992 1377 6677
Passcode: 273566

Students of the Spring Semester

Hello fellow students. We are looking for students who have particularly excelled this semester! These accomplishments can be in the classroom, in the lab, in the university broadly, or in the community. You may nominate yourself or a fellow student. Please submit nominations here by May 25th.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

GSC will focus on funding virtual conference fees, virtual workshop fees, application fees, and other forms of online professional development. 
The application will close at 11:55pm on Monday, May 31. 
For Summer 2021 funding, students may apply for reimbursement for any experience occurring between May 7 -  August 25.

2021 Art of Science Contest

The SOM Graduate Education Office and the School of Medicine invites SOM PhD students and postdocs to enter your amazing images in the Art of Science competition!  We'd like to highlight the beauty of your work throughout the medical school. Please submit one image that captures the work you do and does it with artistic flair. If you submitted to last year’s contest, please submit a new image. Compete for cash prizes! 

Please send your images (tiff preferred), advisor's name, program/department, and a short description of what we see to Malana Bey at by Friday, May 28th.  Copyrighted images are not permitted. Click here to download flyer.

Virtual Public Hearing to Gather Information on
Improving Enforcement of Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) just announced a virtual public hearing to be held from June 7, 2021, to June 11, 2021, to gather information for improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972The notice for the public hearing is available here, and the official hearing notice will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

Members of the public can visit to register to make a live comment during the hearing. Members of the public can also send their written comments to, following the guidelines in the hearing notice.

Safer Ways to Celebrate Spring Events and Holidays

Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate this year is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others. For information on what fully vaccinated people can do, see the When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated page.

  • Decorate your home with holiday themed items and banners.
  • Host a video chat party with family and friends to share in the celebration.
  • Plan a special meal inspired by the holiday or event.
  • Have an outdoor celebration with everyone at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks.
  • Watch virtual events and celebrations.

If you plan to celebrate with others, outdoors is safer than indoors.

Visit the CDC website for more safety tips. 
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.

A conversation about staff tuition benefits at
the School of Medicine

12 - 1 pm
Friday, June 4

Would you like to learn more about your University staff tuition benefits? Are you curious about different graduate programs at the School of Medicine and their application timelines, and wondering how graduate school will benefit you professionally and what challenges you might run into along the way? This Zoom event, co hosted by Enrollment Management at the School of Medicine and Human Resources at Case Western Reserve University, will feature a Q & A session for employees to learn more about the flexible program options available at the School of Medicine and how to utilize their tuition benefits. Click here to register.

Click here to download flyer.
Forge Biologics Opportunity

The CWRU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Education is exploring a partnership with Forge Biologics, a rapidly growing biotech company whose CEO is a graduate of our PhD in Pharmacology.  This is still in development, and details are being worked out, but we are considering offering an ON CAMPUS full time internship/training program with them with a guaranteed job in biotech R&D after completion.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please fill out this form to help us plan and to receive more information as it becomes available.

 AAMC Twitter Account Help
Doctoral students, @WhyABioMedPhD is the twitter account of an AAMC committee that I'm on that aims to outreach to get people, especially those who are underrepresented and/or may come from a background with few PhD role models, to pursue a PhD in biomedical sciences.  The twitter feed features different career paths, information on what's involved in getting a PhD and tips on preparing to be a competitive applicant, for example.  We'd like to feature some doctoral students to give individuals a snapshot into what it's like to be a doctoral graduate student by inviting graduate students to "take over" the twitter account for a day.  It would involve three tweets - for example, one about why you are doing a PhD, one about your research and one about maybe Cleveland/your personal time/CWRU/etc.  Interested?  Just email me at
SOM Career and Professional Development Calendar of Events
Through campus wide efforts as well as School of Medicine specific efforts, there are a lot of events that are available to you as graduate students. It might be very clear that some of these events are relevant to you but some might be unclear as to whether they apply to you. In an effort to make it easier for you to keep track of these relevant events, we have compiled non-department specific career and professional events into a calendar that is housed on our SOM Career and Professional Development webpage. Please periodically check this calendar to make sure you don't miss any events! 

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 Seminars

Thursday, May 27th

Neurosciences Seminar
Theofanis Karayannis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 
Co-Director of the Brain Research Institute
University of Zürich, Switzerland

"The development of inhibition in the somatosensory cortex of mice"
12p Zoom

Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series
Amy Herr, PhD
University of California, Berkeley  
3D Projection Electrophoresis: Protein Profiling with Single-Cell Resolution
Develop New Enabling Cancer Technologies
Integration and Validation of Emerging Technologies to Accelerate Cancer Research

12p Click here to register.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Kathleen Plona
Genetics & Genome Sciences Dissertation Defense
Thursday, May 27th
"Exploring Molecular Pathogenesis to Streamline Future Therapeutics in Rare Diseases Using GSD1a as a Model
Ann W. N. Auma
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, June 2nd
"The Impact of Direct-acting Anti-viral Therapy on Naive CD4+ T Cell Lymphopenia and Cellular Immune Activation in HCV Infection and HCV/HIV Co-infection Respectively

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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