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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

September 8, 2021
in this issue: 

1. Opportunity Identification: A Case Study on Commercializing Biomedical Research
2. BIEC: New Format of the Club/Upcoming Seminar
3. Graduate Student Study Spaces
4. Request for Applications: Nominations for F99/K00 Award for Training Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Transitions
5. 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week


Upcoming Events & Announcements

Click here to download flyer.

BIEC: New format of the club/upcoming seminars

For some of you, it has been what seems to be a lifetime since hearing from us! Over the past 1.5 years, we have seen a lot of growth and change that is only partially because of the pandemic. With this growth, we had made the decision to phase out the BIEC, in physical form. Thanks to the formation and growth of the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship (VIE), we have decided to partner with VIE to bring content to all of you. This partnership will provide you with a greater breath of content and speakers to fulfill your needs! As we have always done with the BIEC, we are here to listen to suggestions of content that you would like for your growth as an entrepreneur or as a biomedical researcher, so please don't hesitate to reach out! The biggest change will be the change in location and the refreshments (maybe someday soon this can come back in some form!). Please keep an eye out for emails as seminars come our way! If you would like to see the seminars that are currently scheduled via VIE, please visit their campus groups page

With that said, we are excited to let you know about an upcoming seminar that might be of interest to you. 

On September 24 we are partnering with the CWRU Department of Athletics on a Sports Entrepreneurship Conference featuring a variety of speakers working across sports entrepreneurship and innovation (including some speakers on the topic of innovation in sports performance).  Here is the registration link:  This conference will take place on the 6th floor of think[box] and via Zoom.

Graduate Student Study Spaces

Per the SOM Office of Space & Facilities Planning, the following rooms are available as study space for graduate students:

Small group study rooms:

In some instances, these rooms may be in use for a class, which obviously takes precedence.  Otherwise they are available for study. We are looking to implement a same day, 2 hour room scheduling option for students for these rooms by scanning the QR Code on a sign on the door.  We are working with the University Registrar's Office to implement this system again as it was used last year during the pandemic and worked well.   You will know it is active again when you see a sign with a QR code on the door of each room.  In the meantime, they are available as is.

Rooms E434, the Window Lounge, and 426/428 are also student study space.

Desk rooms E325/327 and E326/328 will be in use for tests and exams on occasion, but otherwise can be used as study space also.

Request for Applications: Nominations for F99/K00 Award for Training Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Transitions
The National Cancer Institute will be announcing a Request for Applications for the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award for 2021, to support outstanding PhD candidates as they complete their dissertation research training (F99 phase; 1-2 years) and transition to a mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions (K00 phase – up to 4 years). The F99/K00 award is open to 3rd or 4th year PhD students, including F31 Fellowship applicants and current awardees (note that 3rd or 4th year students would have matriculated in 2018 or 2019). International students may also apply. Students Matriculated in a dual-degree program (e.g.) MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD) are not eligible for the F99/K00 program. Projects must be clearly focused on cancer.

To apply for this award, an applicant must be nominated by their institution. As each institution is allocated only one nomination, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) requires potential applicants to assemble a pre-application.
  • Open to 3rd or 4th year PhD students, including F31 Fellowship applicants and current awardees (3rd or 4th-year students would have matriculated in 2015 or 2016).
  • International students may apply.
  • Students in a dual-degree program (e.g. MD/ PhD , DO/ PhD , DDS/ PhD , or DVM/ PhD ) are not eligible.
Click here for for more information

Internal Competition Deadline: Sunday, September 12, 2021 by midnight.
Anticipated Deadline for NIH Letter of Intent (submitted by institution): November 4, 2021
Anticipated Deadline for Proposal Submission to NIH: December 4, 2021


Since 2009, the NPA has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Below are some events hosted by NPA.  Click here for more events.

NPAW Kickoff Celebration: Virtues, Values and Vocation

Monday, September 20 at 1 p.m. ET
Speakers: Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation; Robert T. Pennock, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, president, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society; Keith Micoli, Ph.D., assistant dean of postdoctoral affairs at New York University School of Medicine

Be a PI (Postdoc Investigator): A Social Scavenger Hunt

Monday, September 20 through Thursday, September 23

Connecting for Career Success

Tuesday, September 21 at 2 p.m. ET

Centering Your Identity and Interests While Preparing for Your Next Career Step

Wednesday, September 22 at 1 p.m. ET
Speakers: The Postdoc Academy


GELS - Undergrad, Grad, Professional Student Recruitment

Global Ethical Leaders Society (GELS) provides great discussions, perspectives, as well as opportunities for students to serve and lead, locally and globally. I'm lucky to serve as their advisor.

 Here's a great summary of why some CWRU students choose GELS:



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.
Call for abstracts for BGSS

Submit your abstracts for the 44th annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS) hosted by CWRU School of Medicine Students! 

BGSS will take place this year virtually on November 18th, 2021 with a poster session, keynote speaker, awards ceremony, and career development panel. All graduate students are invited to participate. 

The submission deadline has been extended. Please submit abstracts at the following link by September 10, 2021. Click here to submit abstract.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Open House
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting an open house for graduate and professional students (postdocs are welcome too!) on Thursday, Sept 23rd from 12:30p-2p. Click here to download flyer.

Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar

The next Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Planning to Get Into Professional
School: Resources at CWRU to Help You Get There" is scheduled on Tuesday, September 14th at 12:00 pm via zoom: Passcode: 101334. Click here to download flyer seminar on September 14th, and click here to download 2021-22 Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar schedule.

Connect in the City Event for College Students


On September 11, 2021, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance City Advocates and Cleveland Leadership Center will team up to present a new community-wide activity to engage, recruit and connect talent to Cleveland called Connect in the City.  It is open to all university students (American and international), and it will feature activities, music, food trucks, free scooters, bike tours, art experiences, and a downtown-wide scavenger hunt among other offerings. Click here to download flyer.
EnRICH Internship Opportunities

Enhancing Research and Industry Career Horizons (EnRICH) has several internship opportunities with a number of great companies such as:

Anahana Wellness 
My Recovery Day (MRD)
Glendor, Inc.
Netspective LLC

Click here for more details.  


Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Julie Y. Zhou
Pathology Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, September 15th
"Regulatory Mechanisms of the Immune System Downstream of Host and Microbial Glycans
Wolstein Research Building, Rm. 1413 and Virtual

Fredrick Kizito
Molecular Virology Dissertation Defense
Thursday, September 23rd
"Visualizing HIV-1 Latency and the Ribonucleoprotein Complexes that Regulate Proviral Transcription and Messenger RNA Processing in Latently Infected CD4+ T cells

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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