Join us to explore life sciences career paths, discover graduate school options, grow your professional network, and compete for research poster prizes.

Next-in-Bio: A Career Expo and Research Symposium

Save the Date: November 2, 2019
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2nd floor of the Foisie Innovation Studio
Room 203 and 205
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is the organizing principle at play for life sciences research, education, and technology development. Research teams go beyond traditional academic department boundaries and coalesce around ideas, approaching complex problems from multiple perspectives to speed the pace of discovery. Life science research groups engage in teams around a common goal: advancing science and engineering new therapies, devices, and technologies that improve human health and benefit us all. This includes the departments of chemistry and biochemistrybiology and biotechnologybiomedical engineeringchemical engineering, and physics.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Travis McCready

11,976 new jobs are forecast to be created within the next five years in the life sciences sector in Massachusetts. It's an exciting time for industry and the talented, highly sought-after graduates in these fields. Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts. In 2018, he delivered the keynote address: Click Here to Download Your Therapy: How Digital Health Is Changing Life Sciences Career Prospects.

Undergraduates from nine colleges and universities got to hear advice fromMLSC president Travis McCready and a panel of innovators and entrepreneurs on how to prepare for careers in academia and industry. The event was designed to help undergraduates identify career paths and obtain critical skills, knowledge, and resources they will need. Students showcased their research projects and met with WPI's partners in the biotech industry across the state.

WPI has a great potential work force, a great teaching approach that includes theory and practice, and is located in Massachusetts, a state that invests in and supports the future of life sciences.
Jean King, the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences
WPI

Network, make connection, present your research.

Submit your abstract on a topic related to biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, or other biomedical sciences. Please note that you do NOT have to present your research to attend the event. In addition, there are travel awards available for those who qualify. 

Prizes for best poster will be awarded based upon merit (Please note: prizes will be divided if there are multiple winners in a group.):

1st Place:  $500

2nd Place:  $200

3rd Place:  $100

2018 Agenda

1:30     Student Arrival and Poster Set-Up
2:00     Welcome to Next-in-BIO and WPI (Jean King, Dean of Arts & Sciences at WPI)
2:15     Overview of WPI Graduate Programs (Reeta Rao, Associate Professor of Biology at WPI)
2:30     Student Poster Session
3:30     Roundtable: Careers in the Life Sciences with panelists:

Lauren BakerLauren Baker ’82
President & CEO
Boston Biomedical Associates

Denice O'Connell, DVMDenice O’Connell, DVM
Director of Bioresources 
AbbVie Bioresearch Center, Inc.

Mitch Sanders, PhDMitch Sanders, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Alira Health

Raymond Dunn, MDRaymond Dunn, MD
Professor of Surgery and Cell & Developmental Biology
Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Massachusetts Medical School

4:30     Keynote Address by Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (with an introduction by Winston Soboyejo, Senior Vice President and Provost, ad interim, WPI
5:00     Networking Reception
5:30     Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

About our Graduate Programs

WPI graduate students can pursue research excellence in areas that cross several disciplines. Researchers here are leading discovery and innovation in many areas, particularly in the life sciences, supported by awards from the NIH and NSF. Our graduate students regularly present their research at national and international conferences. They are also supported by an office of professional development, which coordinates a plethora of workshops throughout the year that are aimed at improving skills inside and outside the classroom -- all to ensure the success of our graduates upon graduation. There is a new joint degree doctoral program with UMass Medical School, and plenty of other opportunities to leverage state of the art facilities like those in the forthcoming PracticePoint or the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center. Learn more about what is required for graduate programs. 

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Spend your summer with a research team working to solve some of the most urgent problems facing our society. An Undergraduate Research Experience (REU) at WPI lets you spend 10 weeks at a premier technological university in the heart of New England contributing to cutting-edge science and engineering research projects.

Directions & Parking

WPI’s 95-acre campus sits high on a hill in historic Worcester, Massachusetts. Access to the Park Ave. Garage is from Salisbury Street, with secondary access available from the northbound lane of Park Ave. Easiest way to find it is via this GPS Address151 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA. Get more directions and parking info.