All Friday Events are 1-5 pm. Please check the event for the room location as it may change depending on the workshop.

The room will be available from 12 pm onwards; please bring your lunch and we can eat together before the workshops!

Please fill out this evaluation form for the workshops

Upcoming Workshops

August 14: Final Presentations, TMEC 250

Lunch will be provided.

August 15: Last day celebration from 9 am to 12 pm - Countway Ballard Room

11 pm: - Keynote speaker: Dr. Joseph Martin

Past Workshops

June 27 in Countway Library

1-4 pm: Mind-body Workshop with Dr. Noshene Ranjbar - Countway Ballard Room (5th floor)
Dr. Noshene Ranjbar
Clinical Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
The mind body skills workshop is designed to give an introductory and experiential tour of mind body medicine. The workshop is based on model developed and researched through the Center for Mind Body Medicine ( It invites participants to learn about the history and science behind skills that can help us explore and become more aware of our physical, emotional, spiritual and community life experience. The skills include use of mindfulness skills, meditation, autogenics and biofeedback, guided imagery, drawing and creative arts, writing and speaking, genograms as well as various types of movement. The stress of day to day living and darkness of human history can take a toll on our ability to feel connected, inspired, purposeful and excited about this life journey of learning and growing. Mind body skills can help us find our way back to the most fundamental aspects of the human experience: what makes life worth living and celebrating.

Noshene Ranjbar, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who recently completed fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital. She is certified through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and has facilitated groups and workshops for various populations over the past 5 years. Some of the populations she has enjoyed working with include Native American children and adults in South Dakota, Israeli and Palestinian peace-building groups, prison staff, churches and community centers, children and adults with trauma, anxiety, depression and addiction history, as well as adolescents in the Boston Public Schools. Originally from Iran, she emigrated to the United States as an adolescent. Some of her career and life interests include: the process of transforming traumatic and challenging experiences into strengths and deepened insight; the science of brain and nervous system development and plasticity; the empowerment of marginalized or underserved populations; and use of creative arts and active listening in peace building and healing.

4-5 pm: Meet-and-Greet with lab mentors, PRADA mentors, and ODCP - Countway Minot Room (5th floor)

July 11

1 pm: Tyler Hickman: Data manipulation, Countway Library L2-025

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Tyler Hickman has a decade of advanced microscopy imaging and analysis experience at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University. His expertise in tissue staining, volumetric imaging, and analysis have contributed to many high-impact studies. Last year, Tyler was awarded an honorable mention in the international Olympus BioScapes microscopy competition, for his image of a mouse organ of Corti, part of the inner ear. As a PhD candidate at Tufts University, Tyler works in the lab of Dr. Michele Jacob studying molecular synapse assembly and pathologies of the cochlea, in vivo. In addition, Mr. Hickman records the auditory electrophysiology and cochlear mechanics of his mouse models in the lab of his collaborator, Dr. Charles Liberman, at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In his spare time, he's an avid soccer player.

2 pm: Mayor Lisa Wong Title TBD, TMEC 324

3 pm: Dr. Jabbar Bennett: Building your brand and personal story

4 pm: Career panel: Michael McClurkin; Dr. Crew Smith; Tanya Payne, S.N; TMEC 324

  • Michael McClurkin graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, he was involved in research at Yale School of Medicine where he co-authored two publications in neurology. Michael aims to promote the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine and during his undergraduate career he served as a SMDEP ambassador and as an instructor for the Associated Medical Schools of New York's Biomedical STEP program at SUNY Buffalo. Before medical school, Michael was a fellow at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, where he was heavily involved in community outreach and chronic disease epidemiology. Currently, he is a Poussaint Primary Care Scholar at Harvard Medical School and is working on a quality improvement project with the Cambridge Health Alliance.
  • From Dr. Crew Smith - I am from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands where I grew up sailing and playing the piano. I left the island in 2002 to study molecular biology at Princeton University. In graduate school at Yale University, I had the privilege to work in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Krause whose dedication to science and my personal career developmental was instrumental in my decision to pursue an academic career. In her lab I learned the fundamentals of hematology research while investigating the mechanisms of megakaryocyte differentiation and platelet formation. Since first learning about genetics in the 7th grade, I have been interested in sickle cell disease and the impact that it has had on my family. Joining the lab of Dr. Stuart Orkin, as a postdoctoral fellow, has allowed me to pursue my academic interest at Boston Children's Hospital. The other interests that keep me busy are church, taekwondo, and spending time with my husband.
  • Tanya Payne is a senior nursing student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended school there her entire life, aside from college. She had always had an interest in science since middle school, but it intensified after taking both anatomy & physiology and AP Biology. Her interest in nursing arose after working with nurses in the Dominican Republic during a mission’s trip the summer prior to her senior year. Outside of nursing, Tanya is a choreographer for the Dance Ensemble on campus, a member and mentor in the school’s Student Nurses Association, a member of Habitat for Humanity, a leader and mentor for Community Connections, a coordinator for volunteer programs, and a General Electric Scholar.

July 18: Boston Children's Hospital "You Can" Day - Enders Building

Lunch will be provided! Come to the Enders building, 320 Longwood Ave. To access Enders, you enter the drop-off area on Blackfan Circle off Longwood like you are going to Children's Hospital. Enders is on the right. Note that you can't enter from the door on Longwood Ave, you have to go into the drop-off area (see map below).

12:00 - 12:50 pm Poster Session, Registration, Lunch
1-2:15 pm: Health Professional Career Panel
2:15 - 3:00 pm: Mock Interview and Professionalism Seminar
3:00 - 3:15 pm: Snack break
3:15 - 4:20 pm: Small Group Sessions
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm: Keynote (Dean Joan Reede) and Closing

For full details see this PDF:

July 25: TMEC 324 and Ragon Institute, Cambridge

  • 1 pm: Marshall Barnes: The True Physics of Time Travel
    • Time travel and time machines are as popular as ever. In this, the first year after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, there will be five time travel-related movies released. Yet, the debate about whether time travel is really possible and how rages on in the theoretical physics community. But 2014 has been declared the Year of the Time Machine by advanced concept research and development engineer, Marshall Barnes, and he should know. Not only has he written the first ever special report on the true geometries of time travel for members of Congress, that scientifically disproves any notions of paradoxes, but he defeated Dr. Ronald Mallett, professor of physics at the University of Connecticut in the race to build a time machine that would work for particles. Never before has there been a presentation so complete, with real answers and real evidence, concerning this complex and much misunderstood topic. The surprising part is not all the physics that's covered, from closed time-like curves to the "it from bit" concept of John A. Wheeler, but that Marshall makes it so easy for anyone to understand.
  • 2 pm: Dr. Oneeka Williams Title TBD
    • (From Wikipedia): Dr. Williams was born in Guyana, South America, and attended St. Rose’s High School before her family relocated to Barbados, where she attended the Foundation Girls School. The Foundation Girls School curriculum did not include physics, which was essential for a student medicine-bound. To fulfill this academic requirement so she could follow the path to being a medical doctor, Williams applied for admittance to the upper school of the Foundation Boys School, from which she graduated in 1982, thus becoming the first girl to be ever be admitted to, and graduate from, the Foundation Boys school. Williams and her brother made history as the first twin Head Girl and Head Boy of the Foundation Boys school. In 1982 they topped the country at their GCE examinations and proceeded to Harrison’s College to prepare for the “A” level examinations. Williams was accepted to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received an undergraduate degree in biophysics in 1988. She attended Harvard Medical School where she earned graduate degrees in public health in and medicine in 1993. She received surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and The Lahey Clinic.In 2013, Williams made her debut as an author with the publication of the first book of her children’s book series, “Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Mission to Pluto”. In 2014, Williams' second book Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Meteorite Mission was published.
  • 3 pm - 5 pm: Visit Ragon Institute with Dr. Sylvie Le Gall
    • (From the Ragon website): The Ragon Institute was officially established in February 2009 at MGH, MIT, and Harvard with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Founded with a commitment of $100 million from Mr. and Mrs. Ragon, the institute is structured and positioned to significantly contribute to a global effort to successfully develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine.

August 1:McLean Hospital

*Please note, we will be leaving ASAP for McLean so that you can enjoy best your time there. Please bring a quick lunch that you can eat on the go or before we leave.

(From Wikipedia): McLean Hospital (also known as Somerville Asylum or Charlestown Asylum) is a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. It is noted for its clinical staff expertise and ground-breaking neuroscience research. It is also known for the large number of famous people who have been treated there, including mathematician John Nash,singer-songwritersJames Taylor and Ray Charles, poet Sylvia Plath, and authors Susanna Kaysen and David Foster Wallace.
McLean maintains the world's largest neuroscientific and psychiatric research program in a private hospital. It is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and owned by Partners HealthCare, which also owns Brigham and Women's Hospital.

August 8: Dress rehearsal for year-end workshops TMEC 250

Plan your presentation to be 10 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. Lunch will be provided.
Your presentation will be evaluated with the following rubric:
Needs Improvement
Not Acceptable
Information presented in logical, interesting sequence and is easy to follow
Information in logical sequence
Difficult to follow because presentation jumped around
No logical sequence
Explanation of subject material
Overall purpose of the research is clear, engaging; hypothesis is clear

Science jargon explained well.

appropriately for student audience.

Clear understanding of material demonstrated.
Overall purpose of research is clear, hypothesis is clear

Science is understandable

Uses some jargon appropriately, but doesn’t’ explain

Demonstrates understanding of material
Overall purpose of research is not stated, hypothesis is stated

Science is mostly understandable

Uses a lot of jargon or skips over concepts

Understands material, but doesn’t explain well
Overall purpose of research not stated, hypothesis not clearly stated

Science is difficult to understand, research appears disconnected with PI’s research goals

Uses a lot of jargon, or too vague, not well explained

Doesn’t demonstrate knowledge of material
Presentation Skills
Maintains good eye contact with audience, doesn’t look as if reading off slides

Makes good use of pointer

Posture is good, uses gestures effectively

Speaks well – doesn’t use many filler words (um, like), speaks clearly, has excellent intonation (voice changes to emphasize points or convey excitement)
Reads off slides a little, or looks at screen but mostly good eye contact

Makes good use of pointer

Posture is good, some use of gestures

Speaks clearly and is easy to understand what they are saying, good intonation
Spends half of time facing screen or laptop

Makes ok use of pointer

Fiddles with hands, hair, etc

Occasionally mumbles, speaks too softly, uses filler words, little intonation
Spends most of time facing screen or laptop

Does not use pointer or uses poorly

Slouches, fiddles

Speaks too softly, mumbles, uses filler words, no intonation
Powerpoint skills
Uses slides well

Animations where appropriate to direct audience attention

Concise use of bulleted text or short phrases

Illustrations were clear and useful, useful labels, appropriate resolution

Slides have overall pleasing look (not too colorful, text easy to read)
Uses slides well

Animations appropriate or not used

Good use of bulleted text

Illustrations were appropriate with good labels, appropriate resolution

Slides are uncluttered
Some improvement

Too many animations, or inappropriate types

Large blocks of detailed text

Excess images, or images contained parts that weren’t explained, resolution issues with some images

Slides are cluttered or hard to read
Slides are poorly done

Too many animations, inappropriate types

Excessive use of paragraph style

Poor resolution images, no labeling

Slides are cluttered and hard to read