Massachusetts Consortium of S.T.E.M. Programs

Massachusetts/New England GEM GRAD Lab Hosted by the

Massachusetts Consortium of S.T.E.M. Programs (MC-STEMP)

Co-hosted by Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University,

University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

October 24-25, 2014


The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and the Cabral Center,
Northeastern University
2:00 – 8:00 PM Poster Session, Tours, Evening Networking Receptions & Dinner

9:00 – 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast, Registration and Pre-Survey
9:30 – 9:50 AM Welcome and Greetings from Host Institution
– John Armendariz, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion,
Northeastern University
9:50 – 11:45 AM Module I – Graduate School Application Process
9:50 – 10:30 AM Why Graduate School?
– Howard G. Adams, Ph.D., GEM Program Consultant, The National GEM Consortium
10:45 – 11:30 AM How to Apply to Graduate School –
Nuts and Bolts of the Graduate Application Process
Moderator: Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D., GEM Program Consultant,
The National GEM Consortium
– Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate School and Diversity Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown University
– Doug Densmore, Ph.D., Boston University
– Jeffrey Hengel, Assistant Director, COE Graduate Admissions,
Northeastern University
11:30 – 12:15 PM How to Fund Graduate School
Moderator: Marcus Huggans, Ph.D., Sr. Director, External Relations,
The National GEM Consortium
– Caris Moses, GEM MS Fellow, Computer Science, Northeastern University
– Samantha Kendrick, MS Student, Structural Engineering, Tufts University
12:15 – 2:00 PM Module II – Networking and Mini-Workshops
Recruiting Schools and representatives to meet students
The Value of Undergraduate Research and Summer Programs
One on one Personal Statement Reviews (15 minute slots for those who
have pre-submitted statements)
Visit with Graduate Funding Agencies
2:00 – 3:00 PM Module III – Voices from the Field – Learn from people on the path
Moderator: Darryl Williams, Ph.D., Manager, The Center for STEM Diversity,
Tufts University
– Derion Reid, GEM PhD Associate Fellow, Chemical Biology, Northeastern University
– Jaime Rivera, Ph.D., Recent PhD Graduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– William Tomlinson, GEM PhD Fellow, Northeastern University
3:00 – 3:30 PM Closing Remarks

Program Book


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