Each September, CMBD kicks off the academic year with a two-day off-campus retreat held at the Q Center in St. Charles.
Each year, CMBD trainees organize and attend a research symposium focused on a topic chosen by the trainees. The symposium includes invited speakers, a poster session and networking opportunities.
Career development activities are embedded in many Program activities, such as at the Annual Retreat and Symposium. Special events include the CMBD Alumnus Event in which a Program alumnus visits Northwestern for two days and shares their experiences regarding their biomedical careers and provides mentoring.
CMBD's mission is to promote a broad-based education in biomedical sciences. It has core and elective courses that are offered by both the DGP and IBiS programs, including rigor and reproducibility, and research ethics. Virtually all students fulfill the requirements in their first year in DGP and IBiS.
Each month, two trainees present their research to CMBD participants using an informal chalk-talk style of presentation, as a means to strengthen their communication skills.
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2022-2023 RIP Meeting Schedule
Each year, CMBD trainees organize and attend one or more technical workshops to enhance their research skillset. Each one- or half-day workshop is chosen by the trainees according to what they want to learn.
CMBD sponsors a number of seminars on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Trainees invite and host distinguished scientists to visit, speak and network with trainees and the broader Northwestern community.