MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

How to: Bootcamps and Survival Guides for your Scientific Adventure

Professor Iain Cheeseman, Member, Whitehead Institute

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

MIT Biology presents a selection of talks on the practice of science, navigating academia, and balancing it all with a life outside the lab.

Sponsor(s): Biology
Contact: Prof. Iain Cheeseman, WI-401B, 617-324-2503,

The New Professor Experience

Jan/08 Tue 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

What are the biggest challenges when setting up a lab? What things turned out to be easier than expected? What is it like teaching and hiring lab members? Come learn from some faculty about what it's like to be a "new professor", and some of the thrills and challenges of starting a new lab. 


Organized by: Paul Fields

Adam Martin, Matt Vander Heiden, Brett Pellock, Michelle Meyer, David Pincus

Finding the Right Postdoc

Jan/14 Mon 02:00PM-04:00PM 68-181

Not sure if you want to do an industry or an academic postdoc?  Want to know how to find a postdoc?  What do people look for when hiring a postdoc?  Come find out all this and more!



Organized by: Dave Phizicky and David Benjamin

Dr. Tyler Jacks - Director: Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Dr. Francis J. Martin, Dr. Justin Pritchard, Renee George

Thriving at MIT

Jan/23 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 68-181

When you're stressed about lab or life in general, do you ever wonder what's available to you to help you de-stress your life? Or even if you're not stressed, want some more information about how to improve different aspects of your mental and physical well-being? If so, come and listen to these knowledgeable panel members discuss how to make your time at MIT more enjoyable.



Organized by: BioREFS

Frank Solomon, Tejas Kalastavadi - 2011-2012 Vice-President of the MIT Post-Doctoral Assoc, Hannah Blitzblau - President of the Whitehead Postdoctoral Assoc,, Susanna (Zan) Barry - Senior Program Manager, Community Wellness at MIT Medical, Josh Arribere - Member of BioREFS, Graduate Student in Biology