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Pre-Health Newsletter: October 16, 2020

Upcoming Events

As mentioned in the last newsletter, participating in virtual events is a great way to get information and connect with schools. You can always ask schools to help you get connected with alumni–this is a great way to meet with someone and at least conduct an informational interview. Also, don’t forget to sign up for Health Professions Week, November 14-19, where you can access resources to learn about 20 health professions, meet with schools, and have the opportunity to win gift cards ($100) or scholarships ($500) or Kaplan test prep materials.

Prof. Silvia Balbo, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Masonic Cancer Center, School of Public Health, UMN

Tuesday, October 20

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Dr. Balbo will discuss advanced degrees in Public Health as a career path for Biochem / Chem majors, and share research in her lab of studying DNA damage by long-term alcohol or drug use (a reference paper attached).

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Wednesday, October 21

6:00 pm

Workshop: Building a Competitive Medical School Application…

Pre-Pharmacy Advising 

Thursday, October 22

1-2 pm

Learn about pharmacy with Dr. Bruce Benson from the U of M College of Pharmacy. He will discuss pharmacy career options and admissions

PharmD Admissions Workshop

Thursday, October 22

2 – 3:30 pm

Join the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for an overview of different components of the PharmCAS application and tips on how to make your application competitive.…

Sanford Research Q&A Sessions

Tuesday, October 27 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 11 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Their virtual sessions will feature program details, a platform to ask questions, a link to a virtual tour of the lab, and a scientist and previous SPUR student to speak.…

PPIA Public Service Expo Fall Virtual Graduate School Fair

Tuesday, October 27

12:00 – 4:00 PM

You’re invited to register for PPIA’s Virtual Public Service Expo. Connect one-on-one with 50 of the top public policy and international affairs programs from across the county! These members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium share PPIA’s commitment to increasing diversity and fostering inclusion in public service…

Ross University School of Medicine

Thursday, November 5

6 pm

Milena Garcia, Associate Director of Admissions, will speak about med school competencies and how Covid has changed teaching. Augsburg alum, Cedith Giddings, ’15 Biology, will share her perspectives as a med student at Ross.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 712 893 6553
Passcode: 042120

Neuro Networking Conference

Saturday, November 14

9:00 – 3:00 pm

The NeuroNetworking Conference welcomes ALL who are interested in the Science Technology and the Medical Field. The speaker topics will range from Artificial Intelligence to Medical and Technology-Related Fields.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Thursday, December 3

2:30 pm

Ashya Burgess, Admissions Recruiter, will share information on Mayo’s medical program as well as their Master’s of Physician Assistant, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PhD in Biomedical Science graduate programs.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 996 7095 2019
Passcode: 201228


URGO Summer Research Info Sessions

Wednesday, November 18, 5 pm

Thursday, November 19, 5 pm

Email to RSVP and get Zoom meeting link

URGO Summer Research Options. Program: 200 or 400 hours over 11 weeks, Project with faculty mentor; written product, oral, and poster presentation. Research Assistantship: 100 hours over the summer, $1425, assisting faculty with research tasks. Academic Year Research: 100 hours over school year, $1325, rolling decisions, limited funds.


SUNY Optometry Virtual Sessions

Use these virtual sessions to see if SUNY would be a good fit for you.

Session topics and dates:

  • Find it: A dynamic, vertical campus (Includes Tour)
    Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Time: 12pm-1pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Find it: Support in the application process amid COVID-19 pandemic
    Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    Time: 12pm-1pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Find it: A quality education at an affordable rate in the nation’s largest city
    Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    Time: 12pm-1pm (Eastern Standard Time)
  • Find it: Robust career opportunities
    Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
    Time: 12pm-1pm (Eastern Standard Time)


New program at Des Moines University

Des Moines University is pleased to announce a new Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences Program, now accepting applications for January 2021.

The program will enable students to work closely with expert faculty/investigators in biochemistry, molecular genetics, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology and immunology.

Their PhD students will be given a living stipend (currently $32,000/year) and receive tuition scholarship (their tuition is waived) for all four years of the program.

More information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found on the DMU website. Additional inquiries can be directed to


MCAT Registration and Testing Plans in 2021

Registration for January and March exam dates opens on Tuesday, November 10 at noon ET. Please be sure to visit the registration and scheduling page on their website for more details about the 2021 testing year. You can also sign up to receive updates about MCAT® registration and testing for 2021. Please reach out with any questions via email at

Test Day Details
Beginning in January, the MCAT exam will once again return to its traditional length. Each exam day will offer two full-length exam sessions: one at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 3:00 p.m. This schedule helps limit the number of people in a test center and allows for the necessary social distancing. We encourage you to learn more about the AAMC’s health and safety protocols on their website.

AAMC MCAT Official Prep Resources
Later this month the AAMC will release enhanced free resources and a new, low-cost product to help students prepare for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the MCAT exam. Sign up here to be notified when the MCAT Prep resources are available.