Opportunities come in many shapes and sizes. When considering which opportunities you should take advantage of, think of your own career goals and make sure that you work toward them. Before you commit to any of these opportunities, speak with you research mentor. Make sure you have his or her support in your efforts and make sure your choices align with your own goals! This makes everyone happy!

Meeting Resources

Meetings are important. They are an opportunity to present your data on a national or international stage and are also a great place to meet scientific colleagues and expand your research.

Despite these many benefits, lots of folks hate going to meetings. Well we are here to help! We want to make meeting attendance fun and productive. See the side bar for a list of meetings, suggestions on how to prepare and a contact for helping you practice your talk or review your poster! Heck, with all this preparation, maybe you will even get up and ask a question at the plenary session!

Finally, if you are a student, we suggest that you mention on the student blog which meetings you plan on attending. It is so much easier going to a meeting with someone else!


At our monthly DRB Data-Journal Clubs, we encourage folks to network and interact. What better way to get ideas about science and get a job! Interested in post-docing with a DRB faculty member? Then go meet them, perhaps at the DRB Faculty Seminar Series or other DRB events!


Almost anyone is welcome to attend most courses at Harvard University. Even you! The first day of any nanocourse is open to anybody without prior registration, just show up! Quarter courses are multi-session, paper reading courses dedicated to the literature on a specific topic. Full courses are introductory courses that are generally lecture-heavy.

If you are not a student, then we recommend speaking with a course director about your committment and your goals for attending a full course or a quarter course. Finally, make sure that you can attend each session of a course before committing. Nobody likes a taker...

Also, remember that within driving distance of Boston, there are two exceptional centers for research an education. Woods Hole and Cold Spring Harbor laboratory. Both of these centers offer year round training in relevant topics and who knows, you just might meet a future Nobel Laureate!


Every BBS student must fulfill a teaching requirement to graduate, so why not enjoy it and make it meaningful? Here are some ways that you can fulfill that requirement in a way that supports the DRB and enhances your skill set.

  1. TA for a course related to topics in developmental and regenerative biology.
  2. Organize a set of 3 nanocourses! This is a wonderful opportunity to particpate in your own education, get creative and meet new faculty. Post-docs can do this too!
  3. Teach at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education or the Boston Center for Adult Education.

For additional information on teaching and education, contact the DRB Curriculum Fellow, visit the Curriculum Fellows website - here is a good first page with which to start!

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