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Harvard Undergraduate Research Program in Planetary Health, Madagascar

Dr. Christopher Golden and Harvard undergraduates in Madagascar conducting Planetary Health research

Planetary health is an interdisciplinary field focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of the accelerating transformation of most of Earth’s natural systems. We are excited to offer this fellowship opportunity sponsored by the Henry David Thoreau Foundation that will sponsor up to five scholars selected across a range of disciplines to 1) receive training in planetary health science; 2) travel to Madagascar to receive hands-on experience in planetary health research; and 3) learn how to create policy impact by preparing presentations, capstone reports, or policy briefs on the research undertaken in Madagascar. Our desire is that students from across the FAS campus engage in this fellowship program, including anthropology, African studies, computer science, ecology, environmental science, global health, economics, government, visual studies, medicine, and journalism. For a brief video synopsis of the work (and to see the beautiful area where you will be working!), please see National Geographic’s 3-minute video. For an introduction to the work of Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY), and of our National Geographic blog series featuring an introduction to the program and the voices of our current fellows. Students must be 1st, 2nd or 3rd year students in FAS and be prepared for spring coursework and a summer research training program in Madagascar. Students will receive a $1,000 stipend for their trip to Madagascar, along with all of their travel, lodging, and food covered in country.... Read more about Harvard Undergraduate Research Program in Planetary Health, Madagascar

Harvard undergraduate teams up with Dr. Valera at the HMS to help validate neuropsychological test used with victims of intimate partner violence

From left to right. Julia Daugherty, PhD Student, Psychology, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain; Dr. Eve Valera, Assistant

Diana Wang, Harvard College Class of 2020, is teaming up with Dr. Eve Valera, HMS Faculty, and Julia Daugherty, Universidad de Granada, to validate an English version of a test designed to assist with interpretation of neuropsychological tasks to be used with victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Ms. Daugherty has joined Dr. Valera’s lab to complete a research stay learning about traumatic brain injury in IPV as part of her PhD degree. Ms. Wang’s project within the lab will help in the validation process of an international battery designed specifically for victims of IPV.... Read more about Harvard undergraduate teams up with Dr. Valera at the HMS to help validate neuropsychological test used with victims of intimate partner violence

Undergraduate Research Week is April 11-15, 2016

Are you an Undergraduate Student with a passion for research, and interested in pathways to an exciting career in biomedical research?

The Council on Undergraduate Research, a nonprofit professional organization with almost 10,000 members from more than 650 colleges and universities, invites you to view a webinar presented by Blake Wiedenheft, PhD on his career path and research on the role of CRISPR in bacterial responses to bacteriophage infections.

 CUR invites you to follow the career journey of Dr. Blake Weidenheft, and his use of the CRISPR gene-...

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Highlights from the 2015 Life Sciences Spring Bash

by Margaret A. Lynch

Piglets, bunnies, goats, and ducklings frolicking in the BioLabs courtyard?

These creatures added to the convivial scene at the Second Annual Life Sciences Spring Bash. Under partially sunny skies on a Friday afternoon in early May, hundreds of undergraduates, advisors, staff, and faculty gathered in the BioLabs Courtyard to celebrate the Life Sciences Community at Harvard. The Life Sciences Student Advisory Board, a committee of undergraduate Life Sciences concentrators, and the Life Sciences Undergraduate Education Office organized and sponsored the...

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Registration is open for the National Symposium for the Advancement of Women in STEM

by Margaret A. Lynch

Registration is open for the 2015 National Symposium for the Advancement of Women in STEM on April 11 at Harvard University in Cambridge.

Highlights of the event include keynote presentations by Dr. Marcia McNutt, geophysicist and Editor-in-Chief of Science; Dr. Polly Matzinger, Senior Investigator, T Cell Tolerance & Memory Section, Laboratory of Immunogenetics, NIAID, NIH; and Dr. Stefanie Tellex, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Brown University.

In addition to these...

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Building a Satisfying Career in Science: Advice to Undergraduate Researchers from Dr. Marcia McNutt

by Margaret A. Lynch


Dr. Marcia McNutt presented the opening keynote address at the 2015 National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard University. Her talk, entitled Building a satisfying career in science: how I stumbled into mine, so you don’t need to stumble into yours, offered sage advice to the conference attendees.

McNutt has had a wide-ranging and inspirational career. In 2013 she became the 19th editor and the first woman Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine, a top-tier group of primary research journals. To that position she brings a...

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