Dates: Oct 13-14, 2022; 11 am – 4:00 pm
Application and Abstract Deadline: September 15th, 2022 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 30, 2022
Student Lightning Talks: Oct 13-14, 2022
Application Document Review and Mock Interviews: Oct 17 - Nov 28, 2022
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 Minoritized Scientists (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 2022-2023 PhD application cycle.
Day 1 (Oct 13)
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
- PREP, Dr. Jamilia Sly, Associate Director of PREP
- PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience, Dr. Matthew O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean for PhD Programs
- MD/PhD Program, Dr. Talia Swartz, Associate Dean for MD/PhD Education
- Master in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS), Dr. Jose Silva, Director of MSBS Program
- 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 – Host, Michelle Kim
2:00-3:00 pm Participants’ Lightning Talks – Host, Jessica De Freitas
3:00-4:00 pm GSBS reception
Day 2 (Oct 14)
11:00 am-1 pm PhD Application Assistance and Advisory Program (PAAAP), Dr. Matthew O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean for PhD Programs
- 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, Dr. Basil Hanss, Senior Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and Student Affairs
- Student Affairs, Matt Cipriano, Director of Postdoctoral & Student Affairs
- Wellness and Resilience, Dr. Basil Hanss, Senior Associate Dean for Postdoctoral and Student Affairs
- Career Services and Alumni – Dunstanette Macauley-Dukuly, Program Manager, Career Services & Alumni Relations
1:55-2:55 pm Participants’ Lightning Talks – Host, Rachel Fisher
2:55-3:00 pm Closing Remarks, Dr. Matthew O’Connell
3:00-4:00 pm Social Event hosted by SEOS