|A Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity in Biotechnology|
The Boston biotechnology community will come together to celebrate mentoring and diversity at an event showcasing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers receiving scholarships for the 2012-2013 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP). A reception will be followed by a Keynote presentation from Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event will be Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School. The new “SMDP Mentor of the Year” and “SMDP Scholar of the Year” awards will also be presented, giving special recognition to individuals who embody the spirit of mentoring for the advancement of diversity in science.
An estimated 125 people will attend this event, including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from across the United States and Puerto Rico who have been awarded scholarships for the 2012-2013 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program. In attendance will also be biotechnology Industry Mentors and public and private sector representatives from the New England area who have an interest in mentoring and diversity in the sciences and who support STEM education. The event, which is hosted by the International Center for Professional Development, will occur Saturday, June 17, 6:00-8:30 pm at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Sponsorship support is provided by Amgen, Inc. and Baxter International Inc.
The Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program is a year-long program that begins with a training session to be held at Deloitte's offices in downtown Boston, MA (June 16-18, 2012). As part of the program, the International Center for Professional Development has also registered it's participants to attend the 2012 BIO International Convention (June 18-21, 2012) in Boston. The program brings together ethnically diverse graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to experience first-hand what the biotechnology industry has to offer in cutting edge research and career opportunities. Each student will be paired with an industry Mentor and will receive one year of personalized mentoring. Current sponsors of the 2012-2013 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program include Amgen, Inc., AdvaMed 2012: The Med Tech Conference, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Baxter International, Life Technologies, Roche, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Deloitte and Dennis & Linda Fenton.
The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is a non-profit organization that offers continuing education programs for students and professionals using personalized face-to-face experiential training and ongoing web-based support. ICPD programs advance professional careers by demystifying complex aspects of career development and enhancing relevant skills for emerging industries.
For more information, visit www.icpdprogramsorg.