September 2, 2022 This blog post will follow a roadmap format—jump in at any point no matter how much time you have until your own BATS: At face value, BATS might seem like one of the most intimidating aspects of the entire Biological Engineering PhD. You may feel like it is too early to share your research progress… View Article
Here you will find quick tips and thoughts on a variety of topics related to science communication. If you have suggestions for additional blog posts, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
March 11, 2022 If you are starting to think about what you want to do with a degree in Biological Engineering, check out this post on career exploration. Learn about the various career paths our students have taken post PhD, think about what you are looking for, and get tips for how to start your own career exploration process.
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September 16, 2021 Not sure what the personal statement for the BE graduate school statement of purpose should look like? Read our blog post to learn more!
September 14, 2021 Career Fairs are hard. But what about virtual career fairs? Check out our tips for virtual career fair success here!
September 9, 2021 Vector images are an important component of figure design. While the learning curve is steep, Illustrator is the best way to make images. In this series of blog posts, we introduce you to Illustrator and the things you might need to know how to do in Illustrator as a bioengineer!
September 8, 2021 Many biological engineering students go into careers in venture capital or venture creation. In this series of blog posts, we interviewed alums in the field and answer common questions about jobs in VC. Read on to learn more!
July 27, 2021 Check out a highlight of BE-related fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
July 27, 2021 Recommendation letters are critical for a successful job, school, or fellowship application. Writing a letter of recommendation can be hard. Check out our tips to write a strong letter for your mentee.
July 20, 2021 Applying for graduate school or fellowships can be daunting. To make the process more stressful, we often need several letters of recommendation for a complete application. Below are some tips on who to ask and how to ask for a letter of recommendation.
February 19, 2021 We have a few openings to be part of the Comm Lab team and we want you! Submit an application today!
September 10, 2020 Reviews are an important part of the scientific process. And a good way to use your time if you can’t be at the bench. Read our do’s and don’ts for writing a review, here!
August 19, 2020 You did a lot of work to get your paper accepted. Now do a little bit more to make sure people know about your paper! Learn some ways that people share their work with the world!
August 11, 2020 Working on writing a long document. Use our editing checklist when you think you are done to make sure you don’t miss any details!
July 29, 2020 It’s that time of year again! Fellowship deadlines are fast approaching. Writing a fellowship is an important exercise for any scientist and winning a fellowship is important for any career.
July 20, 2020 Remote teaching comes with its own challenges. The BE Comm Lab, in collaboration with the BE-TLL Teaching Fellow Program, compiled this list of remote teaching tips and tricks.
June 9, 2020 Do you have an upcoming class presentation, lab meeting, or thesis defense that you have to deliver virtually? Check out our tips on giving an engaging and informative scientific presentation over Zoom.
May 14, 2020 How can you improve your email and interviewing skills? BE Communication Fellows Sarah Schwartz and Josh Peters share their motivation for writing these articles and provide tips for success.
April 10, 2020 It can be difficult to work in teams. Remote teamwork can be even harder. Here are some tips to help you work in a team remotely and have difficult conversations if needed.
April 9, 2020 In the last month, coronavirus has rapidly rewritten the rules for how we engage with each other. Science communicators play a crucial role as they investigate, clarify and contextualize incoming data. Communicating complex concepts is a standard challenge that researchers, journalists, physicians, and other members of the scientific community struggle with daily—but these are not standard times.
April 8, 2020 Career Fairs are hard. But what about virtual career fairs? Check out our tips for virtual career fair success here!
March 31, 2020 Many BE undergrad and grad students were working in the lab prior to the worldwide Covid-19 rampdown. While you are at home, we wanted to remind you that there are many ways to use this time to learn and practice important research and life skills.
March 20, 2020 Welcome to the world of remote learning. We’ve all found ourselves in a new situation and are having to adjust quite rapidly. Below are some tips to help you prepare for and participate in remote learning.
July 31, 2019 MIT Comm Lab attended the Amplify the Signal conference at UIUC in May 2019. Communication Fellows Leigh Ann Kesler (NSE), Ravikishore Kommajosyula (MechE), and Amanda Chen (BE), brought back exciting ideas and important questions.
March 28, 2019 Seeing a need for resources to supplement the CommKit, BE communication fellows Alex Triassi, Tyler Toth, George Sun, Divya Ramamoorthy, Josh Peters, and Kyle Jarrod McLean began compiling templates and learning guides to make it easier to create beautiful and clear scientific documents.
March 12, 2018 The BE Communication Lab anticipates several openings this year to join the team. The Communication Lab is a program that is for engineers – by engineers. We offer writing, speaking, and visual design support for BE undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs.
March 12, 2018 In Jan 2018, the BE Communication Lab celebrated it’s 5th birthday! It has been an exciting journey to get here and we can’t wait to see where the next 5 years take us! Thank you to all the clients, fellows, advocates, and discussion partners for helping us shape our journey.
March 1, 2018 Spring tends to be pretty quiet when it comes to applying to fellowships — but there are a few important fellowships to consider! Writing a fellowship is an important exercise for any scientist and winning a fellowship is important for any career.
March 1, 2018 How can you communicate your science to alter science policy and accurately inform the public? Driven by this question, BE Communication Fellow Aaron Dy, along with BE Fellow Manu Kumar, EECS Advisor Pete Lindahl, NSE Fellow Patrick White, and Dr. Dan Pomeroy of MIT’s International Policy Lab, created a new initiative to help students learn about Science Policy.
February 8, 2018 The Wishnok Prize for the Bioengineering and Toxicology Seminar (BATS) was established by the Department of Biological Engineering in 2015 in honor of Pete Wishnok, who led BATS for over three decades. The Wishnok Prize is awarded for the best talks in the Fall and Spring Semesters.
October 26, 2017 Need a polished resume? Want to practice your networking skills? Thinking about next steps after you graduate? The BE Comm Lab is hosting a Resume/Networking Workshop and Speed Networking Event. Join us to learn strategies to make your resume stand out and engage your audience with the perfect pitch. It’s never too early to start perfecting these skills!
September 19, 2017 What makes an exceptional public speaker? Driven by this question, BE Communication Fellow Andee Wallace led the creation of a new initiative to help BE members elevate their public speaking. Here she explains what inspired her, and the resources the Comm Lab now offers to take your public speaking to the next level – regardless of where you’re starting from.
September 13, 2017 It’s that time of year again! Fellowship deadlines are fast approaching. Writing a fellowship is an important exercise for any scientist and winning a fellowship is important for any career. While fellowship applications take time, they provide a great opportunity to put your ideas on paper and help you to write about your work in a clear and concise manner.
September 6, 2017 Scott Olesen was one of the founding cohort of BE Communication Fellows, who joined and helped shape the Communication Lab when it was established in 2013. He was a BE PhD student in Eric Alm’s lab. Scott graduated with his PhD in 2016, and is now a postdoc at the Harvard School of Public Health.
February 7, 2017 For the first time, Biological Engineering is now offering its undergraduates an opportunity to try their hand at a senior thesis – an in-depth write-up of their original research. For students who want to get a taste of graduate school or move their work closer to publication, this is an excellent opportunity to pursue scientific communication at length.
January 9, 2017 John Casey was one of the founding cohort of BE Communication Fellows, who joined and helped shape the Communication Lab when it was established in 2013. He was a BE PhD student in Angela Belcher’s lab, where he designed and developed thermostable de novo enzymes on viral capsid proteins. John graduated with his PhD in the spring of 2015.
September 20, 2016 Jen Wilson was one of the founding cohort of BE Communication Fellows, who joined and helped shape the Lab when it was established in 2013. She was a BE PhD student in Doug Lauffenburger’s lab, working collaboratively with Profs. Ernest Fraenkel and Mike Hemann on network approaches for functional genomic screens in cancer. Jen graduated with her PhD in May 2016.
September 8, 2016 MIT Sandbox Innovation is seeking approximately 15 graduate students and post-docs to serve as Sandbox Fellows for 2016-7. Sandbox Fellows will be paid to receive training and support the Sandbox Program recipient teams. The Sandbox Program will be supported by the Communication Lab and the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, along with many experienced mentors and friends of the Sandbox program.