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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

February 24, 2021
in this issue: 

1. BGSO Announcements
2. Light the Campus
3. iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software Now Available in the Software Center
4. Neurosciences Seminar on Thursday, February 25, 2021 - David W. Schulz, PhD
5. Upcoming CWRU Venture Mentoring Program (CVMP) Event
6. Upcoming Seminars


BGSO Announcements


Volunteer Opportunity - Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair:

The NEOSEF staff is looking for volunteers to assist with this year’s fair.  Because of COIVD, the fair will have to be virtual this year.  We are in need of volunteer non-judge who are comfortable using ZOOM in each breakout room along with the judges and the students to keep track of time and to make sure we always have more than one adult in a Zoom room with a student. 
This is a great opportunity to encourage high school students to get excited about STEM fields.  While you will not be an actual judge, you will be able to see the types of questions that the students are getting from the judges.  This can be helpful as you move through your career and get involved in STEM education.  It may also bring back memories (hopefully good ones!)  of when you were in a science fair and maybe inspire you to be a judge in the future.  We have had CWRU grad students and postdocs as judges in the past when we the fair was held in person.  You will also be able to say that you were a volunteer for the NEOSEF.
It would be the afternoon on March 16.  If you are interested in becoming a NEOSEF volunteer or would like more information, please contact Jim Bader (  He is the Director of the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center here on campus as well as a lecturer in the biology department.  Please let him know if you are interested in volunteering by February 26.

Let's Taco Bout It!
Hello all! The BGSO has created a Zoom link for a virtual lunch each week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30-1:30! Come for a few minutes or come for an hour! For sure, come and have fun! 
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 4855 8123
Passcode: 392001

BGSO First-Year Coordinator!
We would like to welcome Taylor Baker as the new BGSO FIrst-Year Coordinator!!

BGSO GA announcement!
The next GA meeting will be February 24th at 5pm! After announcements, we hope you stay for Black History Month Bingo!  Click here to download flyer.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 945 8338 8837
Passcode: 134988

BGSO GA Announcements!

The BGSO GA meetings for the semester will be the following dates at 5 PM. Mark your calendars!!
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

Light the Campus

Each year, CWRU lights a part of campus to remember community members or their loved ones who have passed away. Students, faculty and staff can submit names to be read during the ceremony. 

Light the Campus ceremony will be held in-person on Tuesday, March 2 at 5:00pm outside of KSL Oval; masking and social distancing protocols will be followed. 

Students, Faculty and Staff can submit names to be read here

In addition to lighting the trees during the ceremony, students, faculty and staff can pick-up a battery-powered light in Thwing after the ceremony to display in their office, dorm or home window throughout the month of March. If you would like a candle, please register Candles need to be picked-up in person the day of the ceremony. Click here to download flyer.


iThenticate Plagiarism Detection Software
Now Available in the Software Center

iThenticate has been added to the [U]Tech Software Center. It is available to all CWRU students, faculty and staff at no additional cost.

iThenticate plagiarism detection software helps ensure properly cited work. iThenticate is designed for use in the context of writing theses and dissertations, preparing manuscripts for publication in academic/professional journals and submitting proposals for research funding. Faculty, post-docs, and graduate students should use iThenticate as part of their pre-submission processes when completing grant applications and texts for scholarly publication.

For more information on iThenticate, please visit:

Students checking coursework submissions and instructors checking local submissions against other local submissions will continue to use TurnItIn, which is integrated in the Canvas system.

For assistance with any technology product or service at Case Western Reserve University, please contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at / 216.368.HELP (4357) or visit


Neurosciences Seminar

David W. Schulz, PhD
Pfizer Global Research and Development (Retired)

Identification and development of varenicline as an aid to smoking cessation:
When "rational drug discovery" is successful

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:00 pm (Eastern),  
via Zoom 

Click here to download flyer.


The McKinsey Advanced Professional Degree recruiting team is excited to get to know you virtually over the coming months and to share a few resources to help you learn more about us!  You will find below a number of upcoming opportunities to connect with us. We invite you to join us for whichever event(s) most closely match your interests. You can also check our recruiting calendar for updates:
McKinsey Spring Information Session
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00pm EST
Register here for our advanced professional degree (APD) full-time recruiting information session for PhDs, MDs, JDs, post-doctorates, masters, and medical residents interesting in pursuing a career in management consulting. The session is designed to provide students an insider’s look into management consulting and our firm.

APD U.S. Recruiter Office Hours
Wednesday, February 17th – Wednesday, March 17th (Multiple Dates)
Register here to join our McKinsey APD U.S. Recruiters for 45 minutes of Q&A! Our recruiters are happy to answer any recruiting questions you might have on your mind.
Meet our U.S. McKinsey Consultants
Tuesday, March 9 and March 16th
Register here to join our McKinsey Consultants for an hour of Q&A! Our consultants are happy to answer anything that may be on your mind, as well as share more about their personal experience and journey at McKinsey (including types of project they’ve worked on, living a full life, and finding support and mentorship at the firm).

Unity Banquet Scholarships
The Office of Multicultural Affairs has opened our Unity Banquet scholarships and it is open to Graduate and Professional students. Link to apply:

The OMA Scholarship Award assists students with tuition costs, research, national career-related conference attendance, participation in study abroad, or service trips. OMA awards from a pool of $10,000 each spring in recognition of underrepresented students and their achievements. Recipients of the OMA Scholarship Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate underrepresented minority student (URM) Underrepresented minority refers to African American, Latino/a/Hispanic,Native American, and Pacific Islander students.
  • Be in Good Academic Standing
  • All applications must be received by no later than 9am, Friday, March 5, 2021.


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.



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
Click here to download the handout from the Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "Writing a Personal Statement Workshop".


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.


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.

The Pulse
The Pulse, the School of Medicine's newsletter, where you can keep current with latest news from the school every month. If you have news to share in future issues, submit your story here.  Watch for The Pulse in your inbox each month, stay informed and enjoy!  Click here to read latest SOM news.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, February 25th

Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series
Supriya Mohile, MD
University of Rochester

"Minimize Cancer Treatment's Debilitating Side Effects:
Analyzing & Interpreting Clinician and Patient Adverse Event Data to Understand Tolerability
12p Registration

Friday, February 26th

Cancer Prevention Control and Population Research Program Mini Retreat
Mini Retreat Presenters:
Stefanie Avril, MD
Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH
Kristine Zanotti, MD

9-11a Zoom

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

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"

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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