Announcements: December, 2012

Congratulations to Benjamin Potter and Calla Glavin for receiving Honorable Mention December 12th, 2012

The DBG congratulates Benjamin Potter and Calla Glavin for receiving Honorable Mention ¬†for their poster titled, Effect of Polymer and Solvent Properties on¬†Nanofiber Morphology in Rotary Jet-Spinning” at the 2012 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting Poster Competition. The poster competition was held on Monday November 26, 2012 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Both Ben and Calla were summer interns in the DBG mentored by graduate student, Holly M. Golecki. Ben and Calla are currently cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


Prospective DBG Graduate Students December 10th, 2012

We are receiving many inquiries about PhD studies in the DBG and appreciate the interest in our group. I cannot respond to all email inquiries because I am on sabbatical, but let me list the traits of successful applicants to our lab to better inform candidates about their chances:

A. All the applicants have good grades, but at SEAS you probably need to have a GPA >3.5 to be competitive

B. Successful applicants usually have 2+ years of research experience and their name on an abstract or paper. For applicants with industrial experience, the applications are looked at a bit differently….the important thing is that you first lab experience is not in graduate school….and that by the time you get here, you know your way around a lab.

C. Generally, the typical BME curriculum is not adequate preparation for graduate studies in engineering at Harvard. Extensive coursework in mathematics, mechanics (fluid and solid), and control theory is looked upon favorably. I want to stress that partial differential equations should be a course you take before matriculating at SEAS.

D. Your application to Harvard should state specifically which laboratories you are interested in working in, listed by name of the PI. Its the only way to make sure your application is reviewed by a PI.

E. If you email me, send me your CV with your references listed. I do my own checks and if you look like a match, I will call you for a phone interview and I will call your references…so have their contact information on our CV.

I hope this helps and good luck in your applications!

Prof Parker