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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

October 21, 2021
in this issue: 

1. School of Medicine's PhD Networking Event
2. October Job Opportunities for Case Graduate Students and Postdocs
3. The Elevator Pitch Workshop
4. 6th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
5. CWRU Care: Virtual Counseling Visits
6. Silent Witness Project Comes to CWRU 


Upcoming Events & Announcements

School of Medicine's PhD Networking Event
Save the date for the School of Medicine's PhD Networking event! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30PM. This virtual event will feature breakout rooms with PhD Alumni hosts from various industries who are eager to connect with you and share advice and wisdom from their own experience and career path. Invitation to follow.

October Job Opportunities for
Case Graduate Students and Postdocs

The GSC would like to share October job opportunities for postdoc positions in Biology, Neuroscience/Neurobiology, Immunology/Microbiology,  and Computational Biology.  Click here for more details.

6th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium: The Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Biology in Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

March 3-4, 2022 | Virtual Event

Registration is open for the 6th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium: "The Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Biology in Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment," presented by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. 

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 breadth of work happening in this field. Plus, there will be a discussion of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do," a book by Jennifer L. Eberhardt. Click here to register.

Case Western Reserve University now offers CWRU Care, a 24/7 mental telehealth care service that undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access from wherever they are. 

Through CWRU Care, students can talk to a licensed provider via smartphone or any web-enabled device. Licensed providers are available to offer mental health support via telephone or secure video visits. Click here for more information.

Silent Witness Project Comes to CWRU
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mather Center is hosting the Silent Witness Project in conjunction with Bethany House Toledo on the Tinkham Veale University Center main staircase.  

We are also proud to highlight the NEO Domestic Violence Awareness website developed by the 2020-2021 CWRU Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship’s Intern, Varsha Krishnan (Class of ‘23).

Please proceed with care as this story and the exhibit contain triggering and sensitive material including domestic violence, sexual violence, and murder.

In 1990, the Silent Witness Project began hosting community-based exhibits to make visible the tragic results of domestic violence, educate people about its prevalence, and advocate for an end to it. Today, the Silent Witness Project is an international force with displays in all 50 states and 23 countries.

The Northeast Ohio Silent Witness Project exhibit features more than 50 figures and dozens of retired chest plates, each representing a life abruptly and violently ended by an intimate partner or stalker.

The exhibit at Case Western Reserve University will be on display until the first week of November and consists of 11 figures placed on the main staircase in the Tinkham Veale University Center.

PhD Virtual Expo

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
4:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Join representatives from the School of Medicine PhD programs as they share overviews and answer questions about our seven fully-funded PhD programs. Click here to register.

Registration is open for the third annual Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium, November 8-9, 2021, hosted by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in partnership with the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics. This year's theme will focus on "Precision Medicine and Cancer Disparities. Click here to register.

The Graduate Student Council is hosting Anti-Ism Hour, a monthly happy hour event for students to come together! This will be a safe space for any and all graduate students from all programs (and especially those belonging to underrepresented groups) to meet one another, de-stress, and speak on issues we all care about. Hope to see you all there


Join the Mather Center in presenting the 2021 Women of Achievement awards at a virtual screening on October 28th at 4 pm.

The biennial Women of Achievement awards consists of two award categories, the Mather Spotlight Awards and the Notable Woman of the Year Award.

The awards recognize the achievements of those whose outstanding professional accomplishments, leadership, and service have had a significant positive impact on our university and campus community. Click here to register.

The Office of Graduate Student Life has opened their food pantry! We are happy to offer the food pantry to the graduate student body. You will be scheduling an appointment to pick up the goods at the food pantry.  It is an open market food pantry in which students are able to choose up to 15 items per time at the food pantry. We ask that you come to your food pantry appointment on time, and if you are running late, please email for any time adjustments needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact



Fall Feast is an annual event where graduate students can gather, reflect, celebrate community and build relationships. This year we will be doing a hot boxed lunch. Click here to RSVP.

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
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.  

Click here to view the Pre-Professional Health Program Seminar "MD Admissions Process
 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.
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.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Kelsey Bower
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Wednesday, November 10th
"Factors Affecting the Predictive Ability of Computational Models of Subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation"

Megan T. Zangara
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Friday, November 12th
"The Role of Diet as a Modifiable Factor of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Pathogenesis
Kelsey Herrmann
Neurosciences Dissertation Defense
Friday, November 19th
Robbins Building, E301
"Investigating dSARM-Dependent Signaling in Neurons and Glia"

Mohammadhadi Khorrami
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Monday, November 22nd
"Novel, Robust Radiomic Approaches for Predicting Outcome and Response in Lung Cancers

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