Submit an Abstract for DUCOM Discovery Day 2014 10/2/14

Discovery Day 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Queen Lane Campus

The date for Discovery 2014 is Thursday, October 2, with alumni pre-Discovery events scheduled on Wednesday afternoon/evening October 1, 2014.

To submit an abstract, head to the Discovery submission site: https://www2.drexelmed.edu/Discovery/

For more information on Discovery 2014, please contact:
Angelo Milone
Discovery Day Coordinator
Director of Marketing and Recruitment
amilone@drexelmed.edu

Introduction to the GRFP: Info Sessions, Workshops, and Webinars

Introduction to the GRFP: Info Sessions, Workshops, and Webinars

Interested in pursuing a research career in STEM fields or social sciences? Come learn about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a wide range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award includes a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

The Fellowships Office will be offering a series of events and resources to Drexel students who are applying – or thinking about applying – for a NSF-GRFP. Our workshops provide students with an overview of the NSF GRFP, writing tips on the application essays, and tips from fellow students and faculty reviewers. 

All events are open to Drexel students and alumni only.

Deadlines
National Deadlines: October 29 – November 4 (Depending on field of study)
Optional Campus Review Deadline:October 16 at 5 p.m. 

Info Sessions on NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The GRFP is a generous and prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in STEM and Social Science fields during their first three years of graduate school, with a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.  In this session, we will review the basics of the NSF-GRFP and consider the range of projects students have conducted with the support of an NSF grant. 

Monday, August 18, 3-4 PM
109 Disque Hall (32nd and Chestnut)

Thursday, August 28, 12-1 PM
109 Disque Hall

Wednesday, September 3, 6-7 PM
Webinar – contact us to register

Tuesday, September 9, 10-11 AM
302 Bossone (31st and Market)

Thursday, September 18, 3-4 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building 010A 

Wednesday, September 24, 7-8 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register 

Application Workshops
We will have two kinds of application workshops. The first focuses on the Graduate Research Plan statement, and the second on the Personal, Relevant Experience and Future Goals Statement. Please RSVP (even last minute) to let us know you are coming to an info session. Visit our website for the most updated information.

Writing the NSF GRFP “Graduate Research Plan”
The Graduate Research Statement is where you outline a plan for future research and demonstrate that you can conceive and undertake original research that will advance knowledge in your field and have broader impacts for society. These workshops will review what to address, how to get started, and revision strategies.

Thursday, September 4, 12-1 PM
PISB 103 (33rd and Chestnut)

Monday, September 15, 6-7 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register 

Tuesday, September 30, 3-4 PM
260 Stratton Hall (32nd and Chestnut) 

Monday, October 6, 12-1 PM
2019 MacAlister (3260 Chestnut) 

Writing the NSF GRFP “Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement”
The “Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals” essay is designed to give reviewers a sense of who you are, your experience and readiness to conduct advanced research and studies, and your research and career goals. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to approach this essay and work to explore your motivation, experience, and goals to help you – and your reader – gain a deeper understanding of your fellowship application.

Monday, September 8, 5-6:30 PM
109 Disque Hall (32nd and Chestnut)

Friday, September 26, 3-4:30 PM
109 Disque Hall 

Thursday, October 2, 12-1:30 PM
109 Disque Hall 

Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 PM
Webinar – Contact us to register   

For more information, please contact meredith@drexel.edu or visit www.drexel.edu/fellowships !  

Register a table at the DRAGON EXPO 2014

DRAGON EXPO 2014 – Graduate Student Orientation

All graduate student organizations should register to have a table at the Dragon Expo on Friday, September 12th 3:30-5pm. Please have a representative from your organization RSVP here by Monday, August 25th. Please provide a contact person and any additional requests. Each org will get one table and two chairs. We expect about 300-400 students to attend. This is a great opportunity to share your upcoming events and recruit students to your organization!

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Careers Beyond the Bench Professional & Career Development Series

fRIDAY, sEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Presented by the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies, DUCOM

 

What Is Careers Beyond the Bench?

Careers Beyond the Bench, a one-day professional development conference, will feature accomplished speakers and panelists discussing non-academic career options for PhD students and postdocs. Attendees will learn about careers in private industry, federal government and foundations, as well as training strategies and career planning tools. A networking reception following the sessions will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn more about non-academic career choices in an informal setting. View full agenda.

A full-day event to include:

  • More than a dozen highly accomplished speakers and panelists discussing careers for biomedical scientists
  • Lunch roundtable discussions with speakers and panelists
  • Presentation of career training and planning strategies for graduate and postdoctoral fellows
  • Networking reception with speakers and panelists

Who Should Attend?

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies invites biomedical graduate students from the tristate region to attend.

Speakers

Speakers include: William J. Martin, PhD; Rob Ring, PhD; Sally Rockey, PhD; David Howland, PhD; Janet Clark, PhD; Philip S. Clifford, PhD; Robert Cobuzzi, PhD; Katja Brose, PhD; David Michelson, MD; John Hemmer, JD; Pier Giorgio Pacifici, PhD. Learn more about the speakers.

White Water Rafting Trip 8/9

Join the Graduate Student Association on the rapids at Jim Thorpe River Adventures Saturday, August 9, 2014 8am-8pm! Transportation, breakfast, and lunch provided.

Tickets are on sale now in the Office of Graduate Studies, Randell Hall, Room 240 on the 2nd floor at 3141 Chestnut Street. Contact Taz Kwok (tkk22@drexel.edu or 215-571-4526)

Current Graduate Students: $20
Guest: $40

Cash, exact change only. Limited spots available. Must show current grad student ID. One guest per student ID.

GSA Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1445631579049823/

Flyer: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/White-Water.jpg

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Opportunity

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2014 solicitation. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

Graduate Student Internship Opportunities

Graduate Student Internship Opportunities

I am working with a medical device company that has several projects in the biomedical engineering arena in need of post-graduate interns (Drexel students requested). The company intends to offer full time employment to the interns, assuming all goes well during the internship period. The pay is between $20 and $30 per hour for these projects. The project descriptions are below. Please let me know if you can help and whatever else you need to know on the projects, etc.”

Jane Hartman Frankel
215-813-4879
janehfrankel@artofperformance.net

1. Assistant Research Scientist, Dual Energy Acquisition/Reconstruction Project: XXX Company manufactures Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging systems for body extremities (feet, hand/elbow, knee). The 3D volumetric data is reconstructed from plain x-ray projections of the target anatomy acquired through a 360-degree scan orbit. We intend to expand the range of captured and reconstructed tissue densities by employing dual x-ray energies. XXX is seeking an intern who will work directly under the supervision of the Chief Technology Officer, who is also the President & CEO, and with the internal senior software developers, in addition to an external consulting scientist and externally licensed software developers. The ideal candidate would have experience with advanced mathematical algorithms, as well as with Microsoft Visual Studio C++/C# and C. The ideal candidate will also have completed graduate studies, preferably with a concentration in computer science or electrical engineering.

Approximately 30 hours per week/ $25 – $30 an hour

Result Expected – Implementation of a functional dual-energy volumetric reconstruction algorithm (in conjunction with externally developed components).

Current State – Not started.

Gap to be Filled – Visualization of range of tissue densities, especially in the soft tissue domain, that is not achievable currently.

Timeframe – 12 months

Implementation Steps – Specific projects will be assigned by CEO. The exact x-ray energy spectrum to match the target anatomy will have to be experimentally determined on a test bench, followed by full 3-D capture. Dual-energy 3D reconstruction will be coordinated with external resources. 

Other Stakeholders Engaged – Software development team members, Application specialists, Consulting scientist 

Resources Needed – Computer equipped with programming software and access to XXX lab equipment and production networks (All resources will be provided.)

2. DICOM/ Modality Worklist Project

XXX Company manufactures X-ray imaging systems (PedCAT), which obtain anatomical medical data through cone beam computed tomography. XXX is seeking an intern to work directly with a Senior Software Engineer to create a program that simulate a DICOM modality worklist server(MWL) as input to our products during testing. The program will run on a standalone PC or virtual machine. The ideal candidate would have knowledge of communication and networking protocols, especially applications over TCP, as well as programming in Windows or other GUI level interfaces. Knowledge of DICOM communication protocols is a plus. The ideal candidate would have completed graduate studies in engineering, preferably biomedical engineering.

Approximately 30 hours per week/ $20 – $25 an hour

Result Expected – Working MWL server to be used during official verification test process.

Current State – Not started.

Gap to be Filled –Currently there is no MWL server test procedure.

Timeframe – Expected to take approx. 6 months, depending on candidate.

Implementation Steps – MWL server will be incorporated into the main testing cycle as soon as it is available.

Other Stakeholders Engaged – Software development team

Resources Needed – Computer equipped with programming software and access to XXX production networks (provided).

3. Assistant Software Engineer

XXX Company manufactures X-ray imaging systems (PedCAT), which obtain anatomical medical data through cone beam computed tomography. The data is interpreted through XXX’s custom visualization software. XXX is seeking an intern who will work directly with a Senior Software Engineer on various development and improvement projects, including the development of XXX Product, a simplified version designed for file viewing by third party users. The team works with several target platforms, and so the ideal candidate would have experience working with one or more of the following: Microsoft Visual Studio C++/C#, C, LabView. The ideal candidate will have completed graduate studies, preferably with a concentration in computer science or electrical engineering.

Approximately 30 hours per week/ $20 – $25 an hour

Result Expected – Improvement in the function and performance of PedCAT software

Current State – Most requirements have been established for XXX Product. Other projects include adding features to existing product software, and utility programs to be used in production.

Gap to be Filled – Develop a standalone limited functionality DICOM viewer that can be packaged with patient scans for delivery from patient to physician.

Timeframe – 3 months

Implementation Steps – Specific projects will be assigned. All changes will be reviewed by the testing & validation teams before exiting beta version.

Other Stakeholders Engaged – Software development team members

Resources Needed – Computer equipped with programming software and access to XXX production networks (All resources will be provided.)

4. Image Quality Assessment Project

XXX Company manufactures X-ray imaging systems (PedCAT), which obtain anatomical medical data through cone beam computed tomography. XXX is seeking an intern to work directly with a Senior Software Engineer on an image quality assessment project. The objective would be to determine what the optimum parameters are for best image quality of a scan through image analysis, based on available parameters. Expertise required includes image quality analysis techniques. Programming is not necessarily a pre-requisite, but any exposure to LabView or ImageJ would be a plus. The ideal candidate will have completed PhD studies.

Approximately 30 hours per week/ $20 – $25 an hour

Result Expected – Determine ideal protocol parameters for identifying disorders of the foot.

Current State –Current product has limitations regarding firing sequence. New power supply mechanism in place to provide additional firing control. No investigation has begun.

Gap to be Filled – Improved image quality protocols.

Timeframe – Expected to last approx. 6 months.

Implementation Steps – Any new protocols will require official regulatory approvals and associated data collection before deploying to the product.

Other Stakeholders Engaged – Software development team

Resources Needed – Computer equipped with programming software and access to XXX production networks (provided), access to scanner system.

TA Online Teaching Workshop 8/28

Extending TA Teaching Skills to Online Courses: A Day in the Life of a TA Teaching Online

Presented by Online Learning Council Fellows and Online Learning Team, Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies

SPEAKER: Raymond Lum, Associate Teaching Professor, Director of E-Learning

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!
Please RSVP to Sandra at sbg38@drexel.edu

Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Workshop Description:

Teaching Assistants (TAs) represent approximately one-third of the Drexel University Online Learning Council membership. TAs have expressed interest and have been attending Online Course Design workshops throughout the year to support faculty who have online elements to their course. This workshop is a primer to online course design and will discuss best practices and resources available to TAs to extend their teaching skills to online courses. The workshop addresses core design elements such as measureable outcomes, assessment strategies, alignment of assignments and student engagement.

The workshop uses a case study to illustrate the use of Blackboard Learn Tools in media, testing, assignment submission and grading. The case study will present instructor and student perspectives.  Upon registration of the workshop, TAs will be provided a Sandbox Shell in Blackboard Learn. The Sandbox Shell contains workshop materials and an area where they can practice their online course design and teaching skills. Also, this sandbox shell will provide an opportunity for them to be mentored by OLT staff and Online Learning Council Fellows. The skills presented in this workshop can be applied to support face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify characteristics for measurable learning objectives.
  2. Apply alignment techniques between course learning objectives, instructional strategies (activities/assignments), and assessment techniques.
  3. Develop appropriate student assessments for a given instructional strategy.
  4. Apply Blackboard Learn Tools associated with media, interactivity, assessment, testing and grading.

Flyer: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/TA-Online-Teaching-Workshop-8-28-14.pdf

DGWISE hosts: Writing Boot Camp Series

***WRITING BOOT CAMP***

RSVP and attend our Writing Boot Camp, to help get your proposal, dissertation, or research papers into the best shape possible! The Boot Camp will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks starting Tuesday, July 22nd 12-2pm.

All sessions will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge (Main Building 101).

You can log in to the live webinar or view the archived sessions later:

For live interactive viewing:
https://learn.dcollege.net/webapps/bb-collaborate-BBLEARN/launchSession/guest?uid=a361577f-4ac3-48c4-a94f-abfc4375971e
1. Log into BBlearn
2. Click on “Tech Support”
3. In “Collaborate” tab, see “First Time Users” instructions. It will ask you to update your Java if needed and have you run a speaker/ microphone test.
4. You will be able to join up to an hour before the session (11am EST)
5. Sessions will also be available later for archived viewing

The Tuesday sessions will focus on a topic that is critical to obtaining the best product possible, while the Thursday sessions will provide a time to work on that particular application with feedback. 

The Tuesday sessions will run from 12-2pm and will provide FREE LUNCH. The Thursday sessions will run from 12-4pm and FREE SNACKS will be included. There will be prizes given out at the different sessions and the you will receive a raffle ticket at each session attended to be entered into a drawing at the end of the Boot Camp.

While we encourage you to attend whether you RSVP or not, we do ask that if you plan to attend the sessions you email dgwiseboard@gmail.com with your name, program and what you are interested in learning so that we can ensure we have enough food and that everyone gets as much out of the Boot Camp as possible. 

A detailed schedule of the topics can be seen be below: 

WEEK 1: How to best utilize the library

Tuesday, July 22nd: Jay Bhatt will discuss topics relating to running systematic literature searches, literature reviews, how to pick the best target journal etc. 

Thursday, July 24th: Dan Driscoll will be present to briefly discuss the resources that the Writing Center has to offer and Jay Bhatt will present the advantages of using Endnote and how to set it up. We encourage you to attend this session with some research goals in mind and capitalize on utilizing the expertise of both of the speakers. 

WEEK 2: How to best verbally portray your research 

Tuesday, July 29th: Dr Lawrence Souder will both lecture and run participant exercises on how to strategically use citations, techniques for reviewing the research collected, and how to interpret and describe your results. 

Thursday, July 31st: We will be running a writing session, we encourage you to bring specific writing goal (e.g a section of your background for you dissertation) and use this time to write. We will have people on hand to help with the reviewing the writing as well. 

Week 3: How to best visually portray your research 

Tuesday, August 5th: Kristy Jost will present on the story telling aspect of communicating research; she will discuss best practices for making figures, posters, and presentations through different mediums. 

Thursday, August 7th: We encourage you to use this time to work on a schematic, figure, poster etc. We will have people on hand to help both technically and to discuss what is most visually appealing. 

Week 4: Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, August 12th: We will have a panel discussion with young professors, post-docs, and students writing their dissertations or proposals currently. This will be an opportunity to gain insight from people that are have recently or are currently going through the same struggles as you. This will also be the day we draw our grand prizes!!

We look forward to seeing you there!! Any questions email dgwiseboard@gmail.com

Flier: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Writing-Bootcamp-2.jpeg

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research 7/23 12pm

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
12-1PM
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.

Featuring:

John K. Lee
MD/PhD Candidate, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroengineering and Bioengineering, Drexel University College of Medicine and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“How to Win a Nobel Prize and Other Lessons from the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting”

Gaurav Goyal
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“Biology at Nanoscale”

Moderated by Dr. Simon F. Giszter, Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Drexel University College of Medicine and Research Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Co-Director, Drexel Neuroengineering Initiative

Tune in live: http://tinyurl.com/BooksandBagelsJuly14

Visit the Books & Bagels video archive:
http://www.youtube.com/user/DrexelGSA/videos

Want to speak at an upcoming Books & Bagels?
Fill out the form at this link:
http://tiny.cc/booksandbagelsnomination

 Info: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Flyer-7-23-14.pdf