MC-STEMP GEM GRAD Lab hosted by MIT & Harvard University (Boston, MA Metro)

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MC-STEMP GEM GRAD Lab hosted by
Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Harvard University at the Broad Institute
(Boston, MA Metro)

Co-hosts: Boston University, Brown University, Northeastern University, Tufts University,
University of Connecticut, and University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Sponsor: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Please join us for GEM GRAD Lab to be held at the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & Harvard University; hosted by the Massachusetts Consortium – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program (MC-STEMP); and Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NELSAMP); and sponsored by MIT Lincoln Labs. The MC-STEMP consortium is comprised of Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, and University of Massachusetts – Amherst. The NELSAMP alliance is comprised of Northeastern University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The NELSAMP poster symposium takes place on Friday, October 14 from 4:00PM – 9:00PM at Northeastern University in the Curry Student Center. The GEM GRAD Lab is on Saturday, October 15 from 9AM – 3:30PM at the Broad Institute in Cambridge. Attendees are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire event. The GRAD Lab is a fun and engaging symposium where participants, science and engineering undergraduates, will receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support. Speakers range from current graduate students to university faculty and senior industry executives. 

GRAD Lab encourages young people to consider graduate engineering or science education, and to apply for the GEM fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real world role models, the symposium will help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader, successfully apply for a GEM fellowship, and gain entry to a graduate STEM program. 

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Location: 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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Friday, October 14th, Northeastern University, Curry Student Center

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Registration for Poster Session

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Poster Session, Evening Networking Receptions & Dinner

Saturday, October 15thBroad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM            Registration, Pre-surveys and Continental Breakfast

 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM            Welcome and Introductions from Host Institutions

                                           Harvard, MIT, and The Broad Institute

9:50 AM - 12:15 AM           Module I - Graduate School Application Process

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM           Session 1:  Why Graduate School?

                                           Marcus A. Huggans, Ph.D. GEM Alum 

 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM        Session 2: How to Apply to Graduate School

                                           Nuts and Bolts of the Graduate Application Process

                                           Moderator: Gretchen Fougere, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity, Boston University
                                           Nirva R. Lafortune, Manager, Academic Programs and Student Affairs, Brown University School of Engineering
                                           Jeffrey Hengel, Director of Admissions, Graduate School of  Engineering, Northeastern University

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM          How to Fund Graduate School

                                            Andre D. Taylor, Ph.D.GEM Program Consultant

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM            Module II - Networking and Mini-Workshops
                                            Recruiting Schools and representatives to meet students
                                            The Value of Undergraduate Research and Summer Programs
                                            Visit with Graduate Funding Agencies
                                            LUNCH SERVED THROUGHOUT

 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM             Module III - Voices from the Field - Learn from people on the

                                           Tarmara Sobers - Moderator, Ph.D. Candidate in Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, GEM Alum. 
                                           Caesar Gomes, Ph.D. Student and GEM Fellow, Tuft University
                                           Amani Ebrahim, Ph.D. Student and GEM Fellow, University of Connecticut


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM             Closing Remarks/Raffle 

3:30 PM                              Program Ends


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