Prospective DBG Graduate Students

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

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What's New

Merging Art and Science September 17th, 2015

Recently the DBG had the pleasure of hosting Nashville, TN based artist Carla Ciuffo for a collaboration with our Nanofibers team, resulting in a new traveling museum exhibit titled “Nano . Stasis” The objective of this multimedia exhibition is to unify a stunning advance in science with its artistic counterpart, in effect emphasizing how creativity, beauty and science are truly intertwined. Learn more about how she is merging art with science here:

Thank you and Farewell Summer Students! September 10th, 2015

Thank you to all the undergraduate students who spent time working in the lab over the summer. We wish you all the best this school year!

Joe Festa, Harvard University
Ryan Halvorson, Harvard University
Charlie Alver, Harvard University
Yinka Ogunbiyi, Harvard University
John Doyle, Bunker Hill Community College
Jorge Jiminez, University of Rochester
Mary Kate Macedonia, Case Western Reserve University
Taler Brazelle, United States Military Academy at West Point
Jack Ward, United States Military Academy at West Point
Kevin Talty, United States Military Academy at West Point
Ginny Phillips, United States Military Academy at West Point
Thomas Manuel, Mississippi State University
Adrian Ledesma-Mendoza, University of New Mexico
William Mehalick, Bunker Hill Community College
Joy Rosa-Jackson, Howard University

Welcome John Ferrier! September 10th, 2015

The DBG would like to welcome John Ferrier, our newest lab manager, who joined the group on June 1st. John is a 2015 graduate of The University of Central Arkansas where he studied Physics & Math.

Congratulations to Dr. Hemphill!! June 1st, 2015

Matthew Hemphill was hooded as part of the Harvard Commencement Exercises last week! Matt completed his doctorate last calendar year and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Bioengineering. Congrats Matt!

BBQ Smoker Complete May 9th, 2015

Folks, we have completed the ultimate BBQ smoker. Here is the link to some of the early press coverage.

Boston Globe Article

Standby for more.

Prof Parker