Orientation 2022

Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health
July-December 2022 Schedule
Subject to change and will be updated on a rolling basis

*All times = EST via Zoom


Wednesday, July 6

10:30am – Check-in/Pick Student ID Cards
FXB Security Desk, HSPH/FXB Lobby

11:00am– 12:00pm – BPH Student Welcome Meeting and Review of BPH Guidelines with Program Director, Flaminia Catteruccia
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

12:00– 1:15pm –  Lunch
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Lab Orientation with Jaimie Sixsmith (IID)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Thursday, July 7

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Kris Sarosiek (MIPS) and Jean Schaffer (MET) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Saturday, July 9

9:30AM – 12:00pm

Kayaking on the Charles River Outing with BPH students and Summer Interns

RSVP on Slack no later than 6/29

Meet the group at Charles River Canoe & Kayak’s Boston rental facility by 10:00AM at 1071 Soldier’s Field Road, Boston

 

Tuesday, July 12

4:30pm – 6:00pm – IID Happy Hour hosted by the Fortune Lab (open to everyone from BPH)

Countway Courtyard

 

Wednesday, July 13

Summer Lab Rotation Start Date – Lab Rotation Registration Form is due by July 11 to Eric)

1:00pm – 3:30pm – Rising G2 Talks – Goldenson 122, HMS

3:30pm – 6:00pm – DBS BBQ – HMS Quad

 

Thursday, July 14

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Flaminia Catteruccia (IID) and Jessalyn Ubellacker (MET) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Saturday, July 16

9:30AM – 4:00pm

Tree Top Adventures Outing with BPH students and Summer Interns

RSVP on Slack no later than 6/29

Bus will leave HSPH/FXB entrance at 10:00AM sharp

 

Wednesday, July 20

International Student Pre-Arrival Webinar (Part 2) (GSAS): 8:00 a.m. (EDT), virtual

 

Thursday, July 21

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Sarah Fortune (MET) and Smita Gopinath (IID) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Friday, July 22

7:10pm – 11:00pm
Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays for G1s, G2, G3s and summer interns
RSVP on Slack no later than 6/29
Fenway Park, Boston

 

Thursday, July 28

12:00pm – 1:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Sudha Biddinger (MET) and Kizzmekia Corbett (IID) – (lunch will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

4:00pm – 5:30pm
BPH Summer Intern Research Presentations (optional)
FXB Atriuum, HSPH

 

Friday, July 29

12:00pm – 1:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Manoj Duraisingh (IID) and Tony Hui (MET) – (lunch will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Monday, August 1

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 2022 check-in deadline for all FAS students is Wednesday, August 17th at 11:59pm ET)

 

Thursday, August 4

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Phyllis Kanki (IID) and Brendan Manning (MET) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

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Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 19

NEUROBIO 306QC Quantitative Methods for Biologists (August bootcamp)– (Highly Recommended)

The goal of this virtual camp is to introduce you to programming in the PYTHON environment and to show you the power this provides for analyzing data and for gaining intuition about the behavior of complex systems through the use of numerical simulations.  The camp is primarily designed for those with no prior programming experience. If you fit this description, you should definitely plan to take the course. It is critical to be familiar with a scientific programming language with which to improve your quantitative literacy throughout graduate school.

Course sign-up

Please note: you can enroll in the boot camp for 2 course credits. The course is “Neurobiology 306qc‘.  Email jennie_epp@hms.harvard.edu, with inquiries.

Meeting Dates/Times: 10:00am-4:00pm each day with a one-hour break from 2pm-3pm

For questions, contact course instructors: Michael Springer, Michael_Springer@hms.harvard.edu,  Ella Batty, ella_batty@hms.harvard.edu, and Rick Born, richard_born@hms.harvard.edu  ​

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Thursday, August 11

11:00am  – HSPH course registration begins

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Dyann Wirth (IID) and Quan Lu (MIPS) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Wednesday, August 17

FAS course registration begins – all day

GSAS “Check-In” Deadline (Required)

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

If you don’t check in by the 17th:

    • 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

 

Monday, August 22

August 22-26 – HSPH Orientationsee link for event times and locations

1:00pm – 4:00pm – GSAS International Student Orientation – Emerson Hall

4:00pm – 6:00pm – GSAS International Student Reception – GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall)

 

Tuesday, August 23

10:00am – 12:00pm -GSAS Families Brunch – GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall)

 

Wednesday, August 24

1:00pm – 3:00pm – GSAS All Student Welcome – Sanders Theater

3:00pm – 5:00pm –  GSAS Welcome: Resource Fair

4:00pm – 6:00pm –  GSAS Social Hour, sponsored by the Graduate School Alumni Association – GSAS Student Center (Lehman Hall)

 

Thursday, August 25

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

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Jeff Dvorin (IID) and Curtis Huttenhower (Biostatistics) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Friday, August 26

FAS course registration deadline

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

8:00pm – 12:00am – GSAS Student Center Open House Party

 

Monday, August 29

First Day of HSPH Classes

 

Wednesday, August 31

First Day of GSAS Classes

 

Thursday, September 1

4:00pm – 5:30pm
G1 Faculty Talks: Dan Neafsey (IID) and Nora Kory (MET) – (dinner will be served)
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Friday, September 2

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Meeting with HGSU-UAW (optional)

HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Monday, September 5

University Holiday: Labor Day

 

Wednesday, September 7

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Community & Culture Workshop (mandatory for all BPH G1s) with Karina Gonzalez Herrera, Associate Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Division of Medical Sciences and GSAS
HSPH Building 2, MET 102 conference room

 

Saturday, September 10

12:00 pm–3:00 pm – GSAS Lunch on the Lawn, Museum Lawn (rain date of Sunday, September 11)

 

Wednesday, September 21

End date for first lab rotation

 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Rotation 2 registration forms due

 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Start of lab rotation 2

 

Monday, October 10

University Holiday: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

 

Friday, November 11

Veteran’s Day – classes are held

 

Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27

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!