Most of the graffiti is actually very inclusive!
For most of this year, the second-floor SciLi carrels have been my study space of choice. They’re quieter than the lunch-with-your-friends-disguised-as-studying of first-floor SciLi, but allow for slightly more noise than in Olin, where I feel guilty for just unzipping my backpack. They have a good amount of natural light, and their cute little walls protect me from making eye contact with anyone else working there, so I can sink into the false sense of solitude that I so desperately need. But an added bonus is that many of the carrels have some *high quality* graffiti from all the students that have studied there before, providing ample entertainment and procrastination fodder. And for your reading privilege, I have compiled the highlights. Click below for some anxiety-fueled musings. (Please note that I take no responsibility for any misspellings, botched punctuation, or opinions. All errors belong to the authors themselves.)
From Sophie Breitbart ’16:
Interested in doing summer research in the STEM fields? Curious to hear how others found opportunities, navigated the application process, and how it all turned out? Then this is the event for you!
Our four panelists have spent their summers engaging in research spanning from astro to physics to bio to environmental science to molecular bio to biomedical and math fields. They’ve done research at Wes, in the real world, through internships, programs, and more. Now’s the time to start thinking about summer work, so let us help you start! Plus, free cookies!
All genders welcome. RSVP to msnow(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you’ll be joining us.
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Place: Allbritton 311
Facebook event: YO YO YO
From Katie Kaus GRAD:
On Thursday, October 22nd the 16th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry retreat will be held at Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457). The retreat is hosted by Wesleyan University’s Molecular Biophysics Program, as well as the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Chemistry Departments, and features several seminar talks given by Wesleyan Alumni and Facutly, as well as a poster session highlighting research being done by both graduate and undergraduate students in fields related to biophysics and biochemistry.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Kuriyan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigator and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kuriyan’s research investigates the molecular structures and mechanisms of enzymes and molecular switches involved in cellular signal transduction.
The retreat will begin at 10:00am, with the main poster session at 2:15pm and the Keynote Lecture at 4:15pm.
The retreat is open to all members of the Wesleyan Community. Please join us for the full day of the retreat, or just a portion of it!
Date: Thursday, October 22
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Place: Wadsworth Mansion (421 Wadsworth St, Middletown, CT 06457)
Professor Suzanne O’Connell writes in with an incredible opportunity for underrepresented people in the STEM fields looking to go to grad school:
President Roth joined another university-led initiative on Thursday, when he attended a summit at the White House to promote greater accessibility to higher education. Along with 100 other universities and 40 non-profit groups, Roth discussed Wesleyan’s commitment to increase access to the university among historically underrepresented minorities.
“At the summit, I learned that ninety percent of low-income people who get their B.A. will move out of poverty,” said Roth. “Access to education truly has an effect on inequality.”
Wesleyan’s commitments are focused on low-income and first generation students, STEM minority students, and veterans. Most of these plans, some vaguer than others, are focused on enrolling students from these groups, but there is not much commitment to providing support for them once they are at Wesleyan (more about that here). Here is each proposal, broken down, with a lengthier discussion afterward:
1. Enroll more QuestBridge scholars in the coming years
QuestBridge is a scholarship program that matches high-achieving, low-income students with partner universities. Wesleyan pledges to bring in more QuestBridge scholars in the coming years, “more than doubling its earlier numbers.” There are approximately 30 Quest Scholars enrolled at Wesleyan every year, so an increase in Quest Scholars would mean more than 120 total.