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Life Sciences Grad Students Get Help Finding Jobs

Andrew Rankin (MED’09) and the Graduate Medical Sciences Student Organization will host a career fair on Friday, March 28, at noon

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Boston University’s medical sciences grad students will get a leg up on the job market this week. The Graduate Medical Sciences Student Organization is holding its second annual career fair on Friday, March 28, at noon. Last year’s event spawned many helpful relationships, says GMSSO member Andrew Rankin (MED’09), and the group hopes this year’s will be just as successful.

“Usually, an applicant will send a résumé or CV to a company by e-mail, which often gets lost in the shuffle,” Rankin says. “This career fair is designed to sharpen the focus of these companies on BU graduate students who are looking for a job.”

Representatives from six companies — Merck Research Laboratories, Charles River Laboratories, Nature Publishing Group, Kelly Scientific Resources, Toxikon Corporation, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation — will meet with students and talk about their staffing needs.

Before the career fair starts, the GMSSO will host two 50-minute career workshops, one on job hunting, at 10 a.m., and one on job interviewing, at 11 a.m. “They are designed to give BU grad students in the life sciences an edge when looking for jobs and undergoing the interview process,” Rankin says. The workshops will be held in Room 112 of the School of Medicine’s Instructional Building, 80 E. Concord St. The fair, which begins with a free lunch, is from noon to 3 p.m. in MED’s Hiebert Lounge, 715 Albany St. All events are free and open to the public.

Rebecca McNamara can be reached at ramc@bu.edu.

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