Medical March Madness: Geisel School of Medicine Admissions

Friday, March 8, 12:30 pm in BiHall 104

Representatives from the Geisel School of Medicine Admissions office will explore the medical school admissions process. Come learn what medical schools look for in an applicant and how they build a medical school class. You’ll have the opportunity to ask the UVM team about their holistic review process and their preferred style of interviewing.

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Open to ALL students interested in medical school!

This event is part of the Medical March Madness series. Go/m3 for the full series of events.

UpNext: Careers in Life Science March 14-15

UpNext is a dynamic career exploration series from the Center for Careers and Internships.

Each UpNext event brings alumni to campus to give Middlebury students an insider’s understanding of that industry, available career paths, and information about roles and skills necessary to enter future jobs and internships. Students also get first-hand look into the personal career paths of participating alumni from the Middlebury Professional Networks

The UpNext: Careers in Life Science is March 14th and 15th and has a series of wonderful opportunities to learn about the alumni, network, have your resume reviewed, and attend various workshops. Check out the schedule below!

Thursday, March 14

Careers in Life Science Panel Discussion at 6:00 pm in MBH 220

When it comes to the Life Science industry, there is a broad variety of ways to pursue your interests and find outlets for your abilities and liberal arts preparation; there are roles for STEM, humanities, and social science majors. The panelists will talk about the trends shaping the scope of this industry and what they mean for future roles in this field. Hear from a panel of Middlebury alumni with a variety of backgrounds who now have careers across a wide spectrum within the industry. The Panel will be moderated by Charlotte Sibley ’66 (French)- President, Sibley Associates, LLC.

Panelists:

  • Penny Post ’89 (Biology) – Vice President, Protein Sciences Corporation
  • André Spring ’88  (French & Spanish) – Director Strategic Market Access, Novartis Oncology
  • Caroline Brown ’15 (Biochemistry & Italian) – Sr. Consultant, Clearview Healthcare Partners
  • Jeremy WardAlbert D. Mead Professor of Biology, Middlebury College

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception of students with the alumni participating in the UpNext program in MBH Great Hall.


Friday, March 15

Résumé Review Office Hours from 9:00 am-12:00 pm in ADK CLT

If you are interested in a career in Life Sciences, don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback on your resume from Middlebury alumni currently employed in the industry. Résumé reviews are private, one-on-one conversations and around 20 minutes in length.

  • Charlotte Sibley ’66 – Liberal Arts in Pharma
  • Caroline Brown ’15 – Consulting in Life Sciences
  • Tanvir Mahmud ’93 – Medical Devices and Pharma Research
  • Brad Schenkel ’97 – Health Outcomes and Economics
  • André Spring ’88 – Marketing in Life Science Companies

Workshops from 1:00-5:00 pm

Experienced professionals currently employed by a variety of Life Science firms will host multiple workshops designed to set you up for success as you explore career possibilities. Each workshop is 45 minutes. Attend them all or select only the ones most relevant to you; there will be short breaks between each session to allow you to come and go. Stay tuned for full descriptions of each of the workshops!

  • Careers in Medical Device Companies – Tanvir Mahmud ’93 at 1:00 pm in MBH 220
  • Drug Development Process – Jack Terrett ’11 at 2:00 pm in MBH 219 (virtual session)
  • Introduction to Life Sciences Consulting – Caroline Brown ’15 at 3:00 pm in MBH 220
  • Health Economics and Outcomes Research – Brad Schenkel ’97 at 4:00 pm in MBH 219

Stay tuned for more info in the coming week!

Networking in Your Academic Department and Summer Research Assistant Opportunities on Campus

Did you know there are opportunities within your major and minor departments to not only network, but boost your resume and potentially work as a research assistant? According to Colleen Sabitano at internships.com, here are the 5 top tips for establishing a network that will strengthen both your academic and career goals (edited to fit Middlebury needs):

  1. Join departmental organizations, clubs, or groups associated with your department, especially if your major professor is the faculty sponsor. For example, if you’re an English major and your department publishes a literary journal, sign up for the staff. Some departments sponsor field trips or even study abroad programs, which could be great networking opportunities for you.
  2. Show your support to the faculty by offering to do research for a faculty member. Many professors need research assistants. If you check out the Research Assistant page on the Undergraduate Research website, it states: “Research assistants (RAs) work with faculty mentors year-round, in disciplines throughout the Middlebury campus. Paid, credit-bearing or volunteer positions, provide an enhanced, hands-on component to their undergraduate academics. Each summer over 130 students spend the summer at Middlebury doing research in a faculty-mentored position. Many additional students find paid or unpaid research positions at other institutions such as colleges, or governmental or private agencies. URO maintains a select list of external summer research opportunities. Students interested in being an on-campus summer research assistant need to contact a potential faculty mentor before March.
  3. Build good relationships with department coordinators and teaching assistants. Consider being a teaching assistant yourself. And always take time to check in with the coordinators. They are your first point of contact when you want to make an appointment, learn about new internships, find out first when grant or scholarship applications are due, or simply hear about department goings-on.
  4. Establish yourself as a scholar and outstanding asset to the department by doing your best academically and being inducted into honorary societies. Attend any study groups and participate in them. Ask questions and introduce new information that you’ve gleaned from outside sources and go to academic conferences.
  5. Volunteer in your department to help with special events, tutor other students, or work on committees. Many departments host guest speakers or conferences and need student support, giving you more opportunities to network outside of your college. When major or minor professors deliver lectures outside of the department, plan to attend. If a professor helps you with an assignment or helps you find an internship or job, send a thank-you note.

If you are thinking of sticking around Middlebury this summer and are interested in on campus research, make sure you are already reaching out to your network to see what opportunities might be available.

Again, make sure to contact potential faculty mentors before March.

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The Hidden Benefits of Being A Woman in Tech

Check out Robyn Scott’s article in Quartz at Work. Robyn is co-Founder and CEO of Apolitical.

“In our experience, for every unsavory male VC, there is at least one wonderful, powerful woman (or man) supporting women in tech. Some are visible, hailing from obvious quarters. Our lead investor is a former Goldman Sachs trader, the youngest women and first female trader to make partner. She’s a well-known and outspoken investor in women entrepreneurs. By contrast, our other critical early investor is a British venture capitalist educated at Eton and Cambridge. Though he looks and sounds like the epitome of the establishment, and he resists using terms like “women’s empowerment” or “gender equity,” he privately gets excited about funding the first company with an all woman board on the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index. Collectively, investors like these represent a powerful and growing movement. Motivated to varying degrees by principles and good sense—investing in underrated women is a business opportunity—these angels are an incredible asset for female founders: they are incentivized to support both a return on their money and a return on their principles and, in our experience, they accordingly go far beyond the call of duty in terms of helping the company.” Read the full article here.

Premedical Students: Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing

Gaining clinical experience is an important part of the medical school application. But to be a competitive medical school applicant, some have questioned if it’s necessary to shadow a doctor. It’s true that shadowing is great experience, as it exposes you to patient care in a clinical setting and gives you an idea of the day-to-day demands of a medical career. But as a pre-med student, you’re often balancing a rigorous academic schedule, along with extracurricular and personal responsibilities, so shadowing may not be a possibility. Click here for the full AAMC article on gaining experience without shadowing.

Meet Alumni in Consulting – on campus Friday, March 1

Interested in consulting? All students, all class years, all majors welcome. This is the time to explore your curiosity about this exciting kind of work.

On Friday, March 1, Midd alums working in consulting will return to campus for the Up Next: Careers in Consulting program. You will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with alums, participate in case study workshops, and learn directly from Midd alums working across industries in consulting.

The following alums will be holding resume review sessions on Friday morning, March 1. Click their names to sign up in Handshake. You must sign up in advance, please limit yourself to only 1 slot for now so all students can benefit.

Additional programs on Friday, March 1 include a panel and afternoon workshops on case studies. Come to one or all. The full event schedule is as follows (sign up in Handshake):