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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

October 7, 2021
in this issue: 

1. GEO Leadership Corner
2. Dean’s Graduate Studies Distinguished Lecture: Performance Nutrition: Pioneering to Possibilities

3. View Recent Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
 Mather Center Grant Applications Now Open
5. PQHS Fall Information Sessions

6. Seeking students to participate in a Focus group
7. National Postdoctoral Association: U.S. Immigration and Visas in the Age of COVID
8. The Safe Eight Safety Tips


GEO Leadership Corner

Your PhD degree will allow you to succeed in many directions for your career path. We hope that each of you will take advantage of the career development opportunities that are available to you.  For those of you interested in tenure-track academic position, a productive and well-structured postdoctoral experience is essential.  

Dean Gerson and I are happy to announce the Dean's Scholars program. The goal of this program is to foster the development of postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented backgrounds into faculty at CWRU-SOM. This structured postdoctoral curriculum is designed to prepare the scholars for a successful transition to tenure track faculty positions. A full description of the eligibility requirements and program is available at the link below.

Scholars can apply with a mentor or without. We will work with those without a mentor to find a match based on our pool of mentors. Applications for the January 2022 cohort are due December 1, 2021. Applications for the July 2023 cohort will be due May 1 2023.

View RFA for Scholars


I would like to thank the steering committee for valuable input in developing this program. 

Blanton Tolbert, PhD Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Ruth Keri, PhD

Monica Montano, PhD

Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD


Please direct any questions to



Marvin Nieman, PhD, FAHA
Vice Dean for Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Dean’s Graduate Studies Distinguished Lecture: 
Performance Nutrition: Pioneering to Possibilities

Thursday, October 21st
1:00- 2:30 p.m.
BRB 105

Please join Graduate Studies Alumna, Dr. Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN and owner of High Performance Nutrition LLC a consulting firm in Mercer Island, Washington. Dr. Kleiner will share experience in the Nutrition Department at Case Western Reserve University, the evolution of the field and the possibilities and opportunities for the future. Dr. Kleiner has consulted with many professional teams and team members, including the Seattle Storm, Seattle Reign, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Thunderbirds and Seattle Supersonics, the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat, Olympians and elite athletes in countless sports. Dr. Kleiner has authored eight books, including the bestseller The New Power Eating, The Good Mood Diet®, and The POWERFOOD Nutrition Plan.  Click here to register.
Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
Click here to view the Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "MD Admissions Process".
The next Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Dental School Admissions" is scheduled on Friday, October 22nd at 12:00 pm via zoom.  Click here to download the flyer that contains the zoom link and passcode.  
Mather Center Grant Applications Now Open

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women offers grants to support the professional development and research of women-identified individuals in underrepresented fields such as STEM and research on feminism or women and gender equity. The Grant Committee will award money to as many eligible applicants as possible. Typical grant amounts range from $100–$800; however, we will consider larger requests. 

  • Publication submissions

  • Participant incentives

  • Research materials

  • Registration for conferences in cases where the applicant is on the program

  • Registration to professional development for women in STEM and/or on women and gender equity 

Applications are now open, and will close on October 14, 2021. To learn more about our grant program please visit our website for more information. 

 PQHS Fall Information Sessions

The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences invites prospective students to join us at our Information Sessions this fall. Topics will include everything from application tips to career outcomes and are hosted by program representatives.  Click here to register.
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 11th 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. 

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.

The National Postdoctoral Association is hosting a webinar titled "U.S. Immigration and Visas in the Age of COVID" on Wednesday, October 20th at  1:00pm.  Click here for more details.


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 from you. To submit information to be included in the GEO newsletter, please complete the GEO announcement submission form.

The Huddle provides news and information about our interprofessional education and collaborative practice efforts within and beyond Samson Pavilion and the dental clinic.  Click here to read the latest issue.

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