Orientation 2021

Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health
July-December 2021 Schedule
Subject to change and will be updated on a rolling basis

*All times = EST via Zoom


Wednesday, July 7

3:30pm – 4:00pm – BPH Student Welcome Meeting with Program Director, Flaminia Catteruccia

 

Thursday, July 8

10:00am – 11:00am –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Yonatan Grad

4:00pm – 5:00pm – G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Robert Farese

 

Tuesday, July 13

11:00am – 11:30am – Lab Orientation with Brian Frederick, Research Operations Manager, MET

1:00pm – 3:30pm – Rising G2 Zoom Talks (Required)

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Kris Sarosiek

 

Wednesday, July 14

1:00pm – 1:30pm – Meeting with HGSU-UAW (optional)

 

Thursday, July 15

11:00am – 12:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Sarah Fortune

4:00pm – 5:00pm – G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Flaminia Catteruccia

 

Monday, July 19

Fall Lab Rotation Start Date

(Lab Rotation Registration Form is due by July 16 to Eric)

 

Tuesday, July 20

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Dan Neafsey

 

Thursday, July 22

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Will Mair

5:00pm – 6:30pm – G1s Game Night brought to you by the BPH Games Commission

 

Tuesday, July 27

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Nora Kory

 

Thursday, July 29

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Smita Gopinath

 

Monday, August 2

GSAS “Check-In” is Open (Required at the start of every academic year for all GSAS students) – During online check-in, you will be asked to acknowledge critical university documents and update your personal information in my.harvard. You cannot register for courses until you complete check-in.

(Fall 2021 check-in deadline for all FAS students is Monday, August 16, 2021 at 11:59pm ET)

 

Tuesday, August 3

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Eric Rubin

 

Thursday, August 5

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Dyann Wirth

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Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 20

MATLAB / Quantitative Methods Boot Camp (QMBC) (Highly Recommended)

Course Sign-up: https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_86Xu6Q9klnLjkJo

Course website: http://springerlab.org/qmbc/

For questions, contact course director: Michael Springer at michael_springer@hms.harvard.edu

Please note: you can enroll in the boot camp for credit. The course is “Neurobiology 306qc: Quantitative Methods for Biologists

 

Class Schedule:

Monday, 8/9: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

Tuesday, 8/10: optional help session from 2:00-4:00 pm EST in TMEC 227 (HMS), which you can either attend in person or virtually, via Zoom

Wednesday, 8/11: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

Thursday, 8/12: optional help session from 2:00-4:00 pm EST in TMEC 227 (HMS), which you can either attend in person or virtually, via Zoom

Friday, 8/13: TBA: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

 

Monday, 8/16: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

Tuesday, 8/17: optional help session from 2:00-4:00 pm EST in TMEC 227 (HMS), which you can either attend in person or virtually, via Zoom

Wednesday, 8/18: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

Thursday, 8/19: optional help session from 2:00-4:00 pm EST in TMEC 227 (HMS), which you can either attend in person or virtually, via Zoom

Friday, 8/20: Maxwell-Dworkin G115 (Cambridge campus) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm EST

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Tuesday, August 10

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Phyllis Kanki

 

Thursday, August 12

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Concentration Fair – introduction to GPiB/IDC and some of the other common BPH interdisciplinary concentrations and programs like Leder and Therapeutics (optional)

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Brendan Manning

 

Monday, August 16

GSAS “Check-In” Deadline (Required)

Go to my.harvard.edu portal page –> Campus Resources tab

If you don’t check in by the 16th:

    • You risk losing financial support (loans, tuition & stipend grants cannot be processed for non-registered students)
    • You may be charged a non-reversible $50 late check-in fee 
    • Your Harvard ID may no longer be active and you will not have access to any Harvard services (library, athletics, dining, housing, etc.)
    • You may not have access to UHS health insurance
    • Your federal student loans may go into repayment
    • International students will risk losing their visa

 

Tuesday, August 17

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Curtis Huttenhower

 

Thursday, August 19

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Tony Hui

 

Monday, August 23

9:00am-2:00pm: HSPH Orientation – Welcome to Campus
(in-person, students spend about 1 hour on campus completing administrative business)

4:00pm-5:30pm: HSPH Orientation – Orientation Welcome from the Dean and HCSA (online)

4:30pm-5:30pm: Foundations in Public Health (ID 100) synchronous session via Zoom

 

Tuesday, August 24

9:00 am – 10:30 am – International Community Conversations program connecting  continuing GSAS students with new international GSAS student (optional)

12:00pm – 2:00pm –  GSAS Welcome: Resource Fair

4:00pm – 5:00pm – G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Manoj Duraisingh

 

Wednesdsay, August 25

9:00am-11:30am: HSPH Orientation –Calling to Public Health (online)

Afternoon: HSPH Orientation –Case Method Workshop (in-person)

 

Thursday, August 26

12:00 pm–2:00 pm – GSAS Virtual Student Involvement Fair – learn about groups organized by identities, cultures, interests, and affinities across disciplines and G-years

All day – HSPH Orientation: Virtual Campus Open House – Co-Curricular Resources Sessions (online)

4:00pm – 5:00pm – G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Jean Schaffer

 

Friday, August 27

6:00pm – 8:00pm – GSAS Student Center Virtual Open House Party 2020 (optional) –  a virtual event led by the GSAS Student Center fellows for incoming students to learn about GSAS Student Center

 

Monday, August 30

First Day of HSPH Classes

 

Tuesday, August 31

4:00pm – 5:00pm – G1 Faculty Zoom Talks: Sudha Biddinger

 

Wednesday, September 1

First Day of GSAS Classes

 

Monday, September 6

University Holiday: Labor Day

 

Tuesday, September 21

7:00pm – 11:00pm – Harvard Night at Fenway Park BPH outing: Red Sox vs New York Mets

 

Friday, September 24

Fall Lab Rotation End Date

(Rotation Evaluations by Supervising Faculty Due: Friday, October 1)

 

Tuesday, September 28

5:30 pm-7:00 pm – Harvard Integrated Live Science (HILS) Virtual Welcome Event

 

Monday, October 11

University Holiday: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

 

Thursday, November 11

Veteran’s Day – classes are held

 

Thursday, November 25 – Sunday, November 28

Thanksgiving Recess

 

Academic or Personal Support

No matter what kind of support you need during your time at Harvard, the GSAS Office of Student Services is here to help. To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with Danielle Farrell, director of student services, or Maura McDinger, case manager, students can drop by room B-2, located in the basement of the GSAS Student Center, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., reach out by phone (617-495-5005) or email (stuserv@fas.harvard.edu), or book an appointment online. Danielle and the office’s staff are here to assist and support students however we can!