SINAI4US - A Research Symposium and PhD Application Assistance and Advisory Program for Underrepresented Scholars

Dates: Oct 7-8, 2021; 11 am – 4:00 pm
Application and Abstract Deadline: August 31, 2021 at 5 pm
Eligibility: Individuals from groups underrepresented in graduate programs in biomedical sciences
Notification of Selection for Lightning Talks and/or Mock Interviews: September 15, 2021
Student Lightning Talks: Oct 7-8, 2021
Application Document Review and Mock Interviews: Oct 11-29, 2021

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Mount Sinai’s Research Symposium and PhD Application Assistance and Advisory Program for Underrepresented Scholars (SINAI4US) aims to support and enhance the participation of individuals from groups underrepresented in graduate programs in biomedical sciences. Participants will be introduced to the various programs of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and have the opportunity to attend a PhD Application Assistance and Advisory Program (PAAAP) focused on admissions to the PhD Programs in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience at ISMMS. The symposium, which is sponsored by the GSBS at ISMMS in partnership with Students for Equal Opportunity in Science (SEOS), is open to undergraduates and Master's students, as well as Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) scholars, technicians, research associates, and non-traditional students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Advantages of participating in SINAI4US include the opportunity to:

  • Present your research to a broader audience.
  • Receive feedback and practice your lightning talk ahead of large conferences such as Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
  • Learn more about the science conducted by your peers.
  • Benefit from Mount Sinai student and faculty mentorship in strengthening your application and thinking about next steps in your education
  • Prepare yourself for the PhD application and interview processes through document feedback and a mock interview.
  • Network with faculty and students at ISMMS to build long-lasting relationships that can support you through the application process and beyond.
  • Receive application fee waivers for the 2021-2022 PhD application cycle.

Agenda

Day 1 (Oct 7)

11:00 am-11:05 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks, Dr. Marta Filizola, Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

11:05 am-12:00 pm Introduction to Biomedical Research Graduate Programs at ISMMS

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), Dr. Hala Harony-Nicholas, Director of SURP
  • PREP, Dr. Jamilia Sly, Associate Director of PREP
  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience, Dr. Matthew O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum, Recruitment, and Admissions
  • MD/PhD Program, Dr. Talia Swartz, Associate Dean for MD/PhD Education
  • PhD and MS in Clinical Research (CLR), Dr. Janice Gabrilove, Director Clinical Research Programs
  • Master in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS), Dr. Basil Hanss, Senior Associate Dean for GSBS Student Affairs and Associate Dean for GSBS Well-being.
  • Master in Biomedical Data Science (MSBDS), Dr. Eric Sobie, co-Director of MSBDS

12:00-12:30 pm Introduction to Mount Sinai’s Diversity and Inclusion School-wide Entities

  • Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and Center for Antiracism in Practice (CAP), Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo

12:30-1:00 pm  BREAK

1:00-2:00 pm Mount Sinai’s Trainee Lightning Talks and Panel

2:00-3:00 pm Participants’ Lightning Talks

3:00-4:00 pm Reception with GSBS Faculty and Students hosted by Dr. Eric Nestler, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs

Day 2 (Oct 8)

11:00 am-1 pm PhD Application Assistance and Advisory Program (PAAAP), Dr. Matthew O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum, Recruitment and Admissions

  • 11:00-11:15 Holistic Applications and Admissions
  • 11:20-11:45 Preparation of Core Application Documents
  • 11:50-12:05 Preparing for an interview
  • 12:10-1:00 A Panel Discussion on Applying and Interviewing for Graduate School with current PhD Students

1:00-1:30 pm BREAK

1:30-1:50 pm Graduate Student Support, Advising, and Career Guidance at ISMMS

  • Student Affairs, Matt Cipriano, Director of Postdoctoral & Student Affairs 
  • Wellness and Resilience, Dr. Basil Hanss, Senior Associate Dean for GSBS Student Affairs and Associate Dean for GSBS Well-being
  • Career Services and Alumni – Long Wu, Program Manager, Career Services & Alumni Relations 

1:55-2:55 pm Participants’ Lightning Talks

2:55-3:00 pm Closing Remarks, TBD

3:00-4:00 pm Social Event hosted by SEOS

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