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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

February 10, 2021
in this issue: 

1.  BGSO Announcements
2. International Student Pitch Contest 2021
3. Picture a Scientist Registration
4. MS in Medical Physiology February Webinar: Student Perspectives & Experiences
5.  Genentech Hiring All Levels of Scientists
6. PQHS February Info Sessions
7. Deadline for the Fourth Annual Charles L. Hoppel, M.D. Trainee Award this Friday
8. Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar this Friday
9. Upcoming Seminars


BGSO Announcements


Student Social Virtual Lunch!
BGSO is looking to feature a Zoom link for students to have lunch virtually with other students! Please fill out the survey to provide information on which days would work best for you and your general interest!

BGSO Secretary

The BGSO is looking for someone to fulfill the role as Secretary to BGSO for the rest of the term (until June 30th). If you are interested or know a great nominee, please sign up! Please submit all nominees until February 19th.

BGSO First-Year Coordinator Vote!

Hello all! The voting is open now for the 2021-2022 First-Year Coordinator! Please vote at the following link. You have until February 12th to vote.

BGSO GA Announcements!

The BGSO GA meetings for the semester will be the following dates at 5 PM. Mark your calendars!!
February 24th
March 24th
April 28th
May 26th

DNA Day Sign-up!
Hello! As we approach the end of January, it is time to start recruiting volunteers for DNA Day. Pre-pandemic, DNA Day volunteers visited local Cleveland public middle schools to talk about science and perform a fun strawberry DNA extraction experiment with the kids. We cancelled DNA Day 2020 due to the pandemic but we would like to adapt to a virtual platform to continue this event in 2021. DNA Day is tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26th, 2021 (because April 25th is a Sunday). If you are interested in participating in DNA day or if you would like to receive more information, please complete this form ( to be included in our mailing list. We would like to set up an information/brainstorming session in early February. If you have questions or suggestions for DNA day, please email Geneva LaForce ( Thanks! 


BSTP Recruitment Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all current PhD students!
BSTP recruitment is quickly approaching, and we rely on current students to be the warm and welcoming faces of the School of Medicine. (Please note new date changes: the Jan. 8 recruitment day has been postponed to JAN. 15, and the second recruitment date has been moved to JAN. 29. Thanks for your flexibility in this matter.)
Since interviews are entirely virtual this year, the opportunities to be involved in recruitment are slightly different. Here is the link to a sign-up sheet for the various volunteer positions, and here is the link to each job description. There will be four interview “weekends,” two in January (15th and 29th) and one in February (12th) and March (19th). Jobs include:
- Zoom happy hour/social hour with candidates
- Q&A session about the program, Case, and Cleveland
- recording a “tour” of your apartment
- point of contact for candidates pre- and post-interviews
- on call with Debbie Noureddine to host candidates whose interviewers didn’t show
Please sign up for as many as you are interested in and could possibly volunteer for. We will not schedule you for all of the slots you sign up for, but it helps us to have multiple options.
As we iron out the schedule for each activity, we will update the Google spreadsheet and email those who have signed up for the particular duties. If you have questions, please email or
Thank you in advance for your participation! We are grateful for your availability and willingness to give back to the incoming class during what is a tumultuous, uncertain time.
We so appreciate your help!
Brianna Busscher & Rachael Gowen
BGSO Recruitment Co-Chairs


2021 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS)

After a successful 2020 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS), we're ready to plan next year's event! If you are interested in being a member of the organizing committee, please fill out the attached google form. Those interested will meet early 2021 to transition in the new subcommittees.


Upcoming Events & Announcements


Winner from each category will win a $500 gift card plus a chance to win an additional $500 gift card for the popular vote.
Submissions need to be received by Close Of the Day (COD) on February 11, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact 

Click here to register for webinar.
Click here to submit application.


Picture a Scientist

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will be hosting the virtual screening of Picture a Scientist for the CWRU community on:
February 19th 12.00-3.00 PM
Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
After the screening, there will be an option for discussion for those that are interested!
The event is free but requires registration. Click here to download flyer.
Register via Campus Groups here:
For additional information and questions, please contact Erika Howard, Women in STEM Program Manager, Flora Stone Mather Center

MS in Medical Physiology February Webinar:
Student Perspectives & Experiences

February 25, 2021

Many students in the MS in Medical Physiology program at Case Western Reserve University aim to bolster their academic credentials to improve their chances of admission to the professional schools of their choice (MD, DO, PA, dental, etc.). We invite you to join some of our current students and teaching assistants for a webinar presentation and Q&A session to learn more about the student experience straight from the source. Panelists will share their perspectives on the program, curriculum, advising services, their successes, and more! They will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the MSMP program.

Click here to register!

Genentech Hiring All Levels of Scientists

Former Pharmacology postdoctoral scholar Jim Fairman shared information that his employer (Genentech) is hiring all levels of scientists. Click here for more details.
PQHS February Info Sessions

Join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Mendel Singer, PhD, MPH and Biostatistics alumni as they share information about the different options to pursue with this degree.

Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Join us for a presentation and Q&A session to learn more about opportunities with a MPH degree focused on Health Care Management.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Mendel Singer, PhD, MPH and program director for the MS in Biomedical & Health Informatics as he discusses the flexible options with this degree.

Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Join us for a presentation and Q&A session with Jim Spilsbury, PhD, MPH and program director of the MS in Clinical Research degree.

Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM

Join us for a presentation and Q & A session with Daniel Tisch, PhD, MPH as he discusses the Intensive Research Pathway option with our Master of Public Health degree.

Friday, February 26 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

Graduate Student Council offers Funding to Support
Professional Development Activities

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) will offer its Professional Development Fund again for the spring 2021 semester. Each year, the Graduate Student Council allocates money toward a professional development fund accessible to CWRU graduate students. Students have the opportunity to receive up to $300 in reimbursements.  

In the past, the fund has typically been awarded to subsidize conference fees, travel and lodging to conferences and interviews for internships, jobs, and residencies. However, in light of the United States’ current COVID-19 situation, GSC is refraining from using the fund for travel-related expenses for the spring 2021 semester. Instead, GSC will focus on funding virtual conference fees, virtual workshop fees, application fees, and other forms of online professional development.

The application will open today (Feb. 1) at 6 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15. For spring 2021 funding, students may apply for reimbursement for any experience occurring between Nov. 21, 2020, and May 7, 2021.

The application will be hosted exclusively on CampusGroups, and will be linked on GSC’s website under the “Forms” tab. Further details on the full process will be listed in the application.

Questions? Email

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 Program: Racial Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship in
Basic & Tumor Immunology

As part of its commitment to building a more diverse community of future science leaders in immuno-oncology, yesterday we officially announced the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity. We are asking for your help in disseminating this information to a wide audience. Please consider forwarding the attached flyer to your colleagues, both within as well as outside of your own institution. In addition, please forward to your institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs.
Like the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity will provide critical financial support and continued career training to the most promising young scientists in basic and tumor immunology. The program is open to Black, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina candidates, and will provide additional support for mentoring and career advancement to these individuals, as we work to build a more racially diverse and inclusive community of scientists working in immuno-oncology. 
There will be two application deadlines per year: April 1 and October 1.  Please see the attached for additional information and eligibility criteria. Further details can be found at: CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships - Cancer Research Institute.

Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar
The next Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Writing a Personal Statement Workshop" is scheduled on Friday, February 12th at 12:00 pm via zoom:, Passcode: 371811. Click here to download flyer.


The following Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Selecting Medical Schools for Admission" is scheduled on Friday, March 12th at 12:00 pm via zoom:, Passcode: 861634. Click here to download flyer.

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

5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned
and How to Move Forward
March 4-5, 2021 | Virtual Event

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement is pleased to present the 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium, Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward.

This multi-disciplinary event will appeal to researchers, clinicians, health professionals, community outreach groups, community-based organizations, patient advocates and trainees. Keynote presentations will be delivered by renowned disparities researchers and community leaders, and a poster session highlighting academic research and community programs will provide a showcase of the depth and depth of work happening in this field.

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.

Click here for more details.

Fourth Annual Charles L. Hoppel, M.D. Trainee Award for Excellence in Research in Mitochondrial Biology
Nominations for the Fourth Annual Charles L. Hoppel, M.D. Trainee Award for 
Excellence in Research in Mitochondrial Biology are being accepted. Deadline is February 12th.  Click here for more details.


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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Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, February 11th

Neurosciences Seminar
Dong Sun, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurosciences 

"Critical roles of embryonic born DG neurons in anxiety and adult DG neurogenesis"
12p Zoom

Molecular Biology and Microbiology Seminar
Caroline Tabler
PhD Student
“The kinetics of HIV-1 protease activation is clarified using nanoscale flow cytometry”
John “Chip” Tilton, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine
“Repurposing viruses for in vivo delivery of therapeutics”

1p Zoom

Friday, February 12th

Cancer Center Seminar
Michael Evans, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Member, Helen Diller Family Cancer Center
University of California San Francisco

"Studying Oncogene Signaling In Vivo with PET: Uncovering Tumor Biology to Enable New Treatment Strategies for Cancer"
12p Zoom

Cancer Imaging Program Mini Retreat
Mini Retreat Presenters: 
Nima Sharifi, MD
John Wang, PhD
John Letterio, MD
Andrew Sloan, MD
Shaun Stauffer, PhD

2P Zoom
Monday, February 15th

GMI Research Seminar

Asha Kallianpur, MD, MPH
Associate Staff, Genomic Medicine Institute
"Neuropsychiatric Complications of HIV: Potential Mechanisms and Markers"
12P Microsoft Teams Meeting o
r call in (audio only):

+1 216-307-2685,,133306832#   United States, Cleveland

Phone Conference ID: 133 306 832#

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Stetson Thacker
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Friday, February 12th

"An Exploration of the Molecular Pathogenesis of the Autism Component of PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome (PHTS): Towards Understanding of PTEN Variation on PHTS Phenotype Diversity"
Raul Jobava
Biochemistry Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, March 9th

"Translational Reprogramming Promotes Survival to Hypertonic Stress"
Daniel Leonard
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Tuesday, March 9th

"B56 Containing PP2A Holoenzymes: From Substrate Specificity and Pathologic Dysregulation to Therapeutic Potential"

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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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