Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) has finished another outstanding year, bringing undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for a ten week internship program at MCO. The program began in 2009 with a partnership with the Leadership Alliance National Consortium, and since then has brought dozens of promising young scientists to Harvard to get a taste of life as an MCO grad student. The interns help with lab work, attend weekly seminars, and receive both lab and peer mentors to guide them through the program and to offer advice for their future as scientists.
MCO graduate student Christina Saak of the Gibbs Lab loves to teach. The international student from Germany applied to Harvard on a whim, never expecting to be accepted, and certainly not expecting to discover her passion while working on extracurricular and outreach programs for undergraduate and high school students. Read more
Vayu Maini Rekdal, a first year PhD student in the Molecules, Cells, and Organisms (MCO) program, has brought a passion for kitchen experimentation to Cambridge. He is the co-founder of the Young Chefsprogram, which offers free lesson plans to teachers on topics ranging from microbial science to crystal formation. Most of the lessons are adaptable from elementary to high school curricula, and have proven very popular among students.
The current landscape of graduate training in the biosciences is a topic of much discussion among administrators, faculty, policy makers, and of course, student trainees themselves. Topics include research funding and publishing models, training in rigor and reproducibility, training period length, effective mentorship, and job prospects after graduation. Graduate program offices are at the front lines of almost all of these topics. It is here where students, faculty, and policy makers turn to for information. Such offices are rather diverse with varying mission statements - or lack
Summer intern Ashley Ngo admits she was very nervous her first day in the Schier lab. As she timidly introduced herself to a roomful of accomplished strangers, someone happily directed her to G5 Tessa Montague, who would serve as her laboratory mentor this summer. Before any mention of
Now that this year’s summer interns have printed their posters, presented their data, and returned to their home colleges and universities, what do we make of the SROH program’s year-round impact on these individuals and the MCO community at large? Read more here.
Since 2009, Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) has hosted talented undergraduates from across the United States for a ten-week taste of life as an MCO graduate student. SROH (“ess-roh,” when spoken aloud) is a partnership between Harvard’s GSAS and The Leadership Alliance National Consortium, an organization dedicated to training and mentoring young scholars from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups traditionally
Carolina Salguero, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a second year graduate student at Harvard’s MCO (Molecules, Cells & Organisms) training program, a current recipient of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a co-author of a research article published in the prestigious Nature magazine. Looking back at how she has traveled this far, it is clear to Carolina that the ten weeks she spent as an undergraduate summer intern in Prof. Victoria D’
One chilly July afternoon, five high school biology teachers were energetically discussing how to design an animation that would best portray the complex process of blood sugar regulation in the human body. Dale Muzzey, a biophysics graduate student and animator, stepped in occasionally to provide guidance on what Macromedia Flash software could and could not do well. With his support they hit upon a workable interactive model. Then the teachers turned their attention to the task of finalizing the content. How much detail would they include? What level high school class would they