GSO Bi-Weekly Newsletter – April 5

GSO Bi-Weekly Update 

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GSO Events

GSO Pub Night!

Come join us at the Fuller’s BU Pub this Friday (04/08/2022) starting 6 pm!
Where: Fuller’s BU Pub (225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215)

Please bring:

  • One-dollar bills.
  • A valid ID (license or passport).
  • Your BU ID and GSO Flyer (attached).
  • Green Badge from BU PatientConnect.
  • A maximum of 1 guest per GSO Member.

Upcoming GSO General Body Meeting

Date and time: Monday April 11th at 6:00pm.

Meeting link: Zoom

Password: GSO

 If you have suggestions to add to the agenda, please submit them here.

Campus Events

Queer Activist Collective (“Q”) – Boston University’s student-led LGBTQ+ organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ and allied community members, especially in the absence of a student-inclusive, professionally-staffed LGBTQ+ resource center at BU.

Guest Lecture: Roderick Ferguson

Friday, 4/8 | 5:00-6:00 PM |Zoom| Open to entire BU community

Roderick Ferguson (he/him), William Roberston Coe Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies & Professor of American Studies at Yale University, will be speak about queer radicalism in the late 20th century. Dr. Ferguson is currently working on two monographs—The Arts of Black Studies & The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora. Co-sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty &Staff. Learn more here!


Wednesday, 4/13 | 4:00-6:00 PM | SCI Plaza | Open to the entire BU community

Join Q along with STEM & the BU Biology Department for LGBTQ+ in STEM! Drop by anytime to socialize & network in a casual space with undergrad & grad students, faculty, & staff in STEM at BU. Q will also be tabling to share LGBTQ+ resources! There will be snacks!

Art Therapy

Friday, 4/15 | 5:00-6:00 PM | BU Central (basement of the GSU) | Open to all BU students
Join Q & the BU Arts Initiative to do art & reflect together! Led by Kirbie MacEwen (they/them), a licensed therapist, this art therapy session will be centered around collage-making & other expressive arts. We hope for this to be a space for community conversation where folks can connect, create, & process in community. Co-sponsored by the BU Arts Initiative.

Skillsmatch + PhD Progression Information Sessions

Thursday 4/28 4pm Register

Skillsmatch is a skill inventorying tool created by EMSI/BurningGlass. The Skillsmatch tool provides personalized learning recommendations to fill your skill gaps so that you are prepared for whichever career pathway fits your interests, skills, and values. PhD Progression is an asynchronous professional development curriculum built specifically for PhD students at BU. Through the acquisition of digital badges connected to activities and assessments recorded on the badgr pro platform, you will be able to plan, monitor, and share your progress through seven learning pathways. Join us for this info session learn more about Skillsmatch and PhD Progression. The session will cover how to make the best use of both tools, with ample time for you to ask questions about getting started.

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week

April 4 – April 8

The 2022 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week at BU will be held April 4-8, 2022. Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week was started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS) to demonstrate appreciation for graduate and professional students nationwide. In collaboration with our university partners, BU is celebrating this year with a series of virtual and in-person events, a small gesture to demonstrate the University’s appreciation for the important role graduate and professional students play within our community. Events held throughout the week will be hosted by the Newbury Center, the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, and the Wellbeing Project throughout the week. Learn more and register.

Careers in Science Communication & Law

Wednesday, April 13, 10-11:50AM

This panel of PhDs who have made the transition to careers in Science Communication & Law will share their career paths, tips for skill building, and advice on how to make the transition from a biomedical PhD program to one of these careers. Don’t limit yourself as you might be surprised to learn about career paths you had not considered! Register

Doctoral Writing Strategies: Getting Started

Thursday, April 14, 12-1PM

You have read every reference, cleaned your house three times and finally settled down with coffee and your computer. You have even opened a brand new Word document and, after some extensive consideration, given it a title along the lines of “FINAL Absolutely Final No Really Final Draft 2.0.” And now there is really nothing to do but write – but how do you force yourself to move that cursor? In this workshop, we will discuss ways to confront that dreaded blank page, transition from doing your research to making sense of it, and develop a drafting system that works for you. Register

Non Academic Careers for Social Science PhDs

Thursday, April 14, 2-3:30 PM

The Center for Innovation in Social Science invites current BU PhDs to join us for a panel discussion with BU PhD alum from Anthropology, History, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics, and Geography, who all work in non-academic roles. Panelists will share their career trajectories and insights they have on transitioning out of academia with current PhDs who are interested in exploring a variety of career paths. Register

Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism

Thursday, April 21, 12-1PM

Do you find it difficult to start on projects without the pressure of a looming deadline? Has fear of failure held you back and contributed to writer’s block? This workshop will help you understand your procrastination triggers and how to overcome them. You will come away from this workshop with strategies to help you get started on projects, make consistent progress toward completion, and find satisfaction at each stage of the process. Register

Beyond Bystandersprogram

Sexual harassment is a persistent problem in academic STEM, both nationally and at BU. It affects people of all genders and at all levels within the university, from undergraduate students to faculty.

Male graduate students have a role in preventing sexual harassment, particularly the gender harassment that happens in our labs, classrooms, and offices. To help male graduate students fill this role, ARROWS, WISEguys, GWISE and SARP co-developedBeyond Bystanders, a peer-led workshop series that provides male graduate students with the skills to identify, interrupt, and prevent gender harassment.

The workshop sessions for the Spring semester are listed below. Students are encouraged to attend one of each workshop type, but prior attendance is not necessary for any workshop.

Note: This workshop series is primarily focused on training male graduate students who are in academic STEM environments, but any graduate student is welcome to attend, regardless of gender or academic program.

Workshop – Interrupting Harassment from Faculty/Staff/Postdocs
Wednesday, Apr. 6th, 12-1:30pm
Tuesday, Apr. 12th, 1:30-3pm

More information on Beyond Bystanders can be found here:

Additional Resources

Learn More Grants

Due Friday, April 15, 11:59PM

Learn More Here!

Applications to receive Learn More Grants in the 2022-23 academic year are now open!

Each year, BU D&I focuses on a single topic of social importance through the Learn More Series. The theme for the 2022-23 academic year’s Learn More Series events will be exploring and understanding LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences. First launched in fall 2021, the Learn More Grants provide an opportunity to:

  • Host a Learn More Series program of your own through the Learn More Programming Grant for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Create a year-long learning community with colleagues or fellow students through the Learn More Together Grant for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Conduct research as it relates to the Learn More Series theme through the Learn More Research Grant for faculty.

Read more about each Grant above and submit an application for a Learn More Grant from February 15 to April 15.

How to Boston While Black Summit

April 28-30

Register Here!

The inaugural ‘How to Boston While Black’ Summit is 3 days of workshops, panels, and experiences to align Boston’s Black leaders, community, and our allies on the solutions and strategies to create the city we all want to live in. You should attend if you are seeking access to culturally-relevant experiences, information and resources to navigate the city, and an authentic personal and professional network.


Find a Collaborator at BU. Thorny problems require creative input from a team of experts that span disciplines. The good news: BU offers a suite of resources to help you identify research collaborators. A new on-demand webinar offers an overview of these tools, plus advice for using them to build valuable relationships.

We are always looking for more news, events, resources, or updates that are relevant to grad students. Make your suggestions or submit your events to to be included in future newsletters.

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