Council Minutes for December 2007:
Persons in Attendence:
December 4, 2007
NIH Site Visit.
· Will happen on or after January 28th
· Will need mock site visit before real visit.
o Reviewers/Faculty from other universities
o Three NIH program staff
o Will interview Cliff and administrative program leaders
o Will meet with faculty representatives
o Will meet with three different groups of students
· Real visit will be similar to mock visit
· Kathy brought paper materials to show us what the applicants get
· Kumar mentioned:
o Thanks to Kathy, Donna and Henry
o Recruiting changed this year
§ Hotel on the first night, student host on the second
§ Getting the Med School more involved
§ Kathy added pictures to the excel sheet that goes out to hosts
· He drafted a letter to the applicants that’s been going out to them.
o Congrats on getting and invite
o If you have any questions let us know
· Henry drafted a second letter for the post interview contact
o Thanks for interviewing
o Any feedback they provide is separate from the interview
o Invite them to the “feedback” website, which includes a survey
o Has been largely positive
o They seem to have a hard time with the medical school pre-interview chit-chat
· Right now all of the accepted women candidates have been called by a member of the women’s group, but so far none of the men have been followed up with.
o All of them should have received the call from a member of the steering committee.
· We don’t have a planned activity for the next group of applicants.
o Bowling is booked all over town
o Rock bottom brewery followed by improv was suggested
o Whirly-ball was suggested
· There have been complaints about the “Large group dinner”
o It wasn’t clear which interview group/dinner the complaint was from
o Generally the groups go to dinner based on when they arrive at the airport
o Even if big groups go to a restaurant they should break into smaller groups at the restaurant
o Ideal, two current students have dinner with two or three applicants
· Women’s Group should be more visible
o Some recent applicants were concerned about the paucity of female MSTP students, and didn’t know that there was a Women’s Groups
o The Women’s Group should get a link on the website and post pictures and a statement
o The idea of putting an asterisk next to the name of each woman on the student list, was suggested.
o Each minority could also get an asterisk
o The above two ideas were rejected
o Adding links to grad-student, women’s group, and minorities groups through the school, (perhaps the CRS activities page) was suggested.
· January 17th, at Wolstein, 9:30 am à
· Traditionally everyone in their research years should do a presentation or report
· Speaker, Head of NeuroBiology at UCLA, Marie Francois-Chesuley(SP?)
o She does not see patients
o Starts at 10am, goes to 11am
· There will also be two poster presentations
· Everyone is expected to be there
MSTP Google Calendar
§ It’s up!
§ The issues with Punderson are resolved, we’re going there!
§ The agenda for this year’s retreat still needs to be put together
o Presentation on the program
o Something outside the straight research presentation
o We’ll have some student speakers
o A guest speaker
§ Were the panel discussions helpful for students?
o People indicated they were helpful
o Serendipity could do it again and maybe involve someone else so that they could do it again next year with another individual
§ November’s was very poorly attended
§ Was apparently an excellent talk
§ There is not one scheduled for December
§ The next one is scheduled for Thursday January 10th, 2008
§ Holiday Party will be at the Case Manor on December 11th, 2007
§ Caterers are done
o We can either bring our own
o If someone has a beer choice it can get picked up
§ There is no-one supplying music as of right now
o Otherwise we get Donna’s Christmas Music
§ Dessert Contest
o So far only 5 people have signed up
o Kumar is bringing Egg-Nog
§ Everyone who wants to play board games should bring them
§ Clark Distelhorst spoke
§ There was data shown but he more talked about how his career unfolded
§ Look for an email regarding it.
§ There will be an approximately month long period when people can drop off books.
§ Put off until next month, despite Kumar’s desire to speak.
§ There have been emails regarding the domain name
o We don’t want to lose the mstp.case.edu address
o There needs to be more discussion on the topic
o Most students are opposed to changing the address
§ Web-site committee has been told into looking into domain options and talk about it next meeting.