New England Science Symposium

Sunday, April 8, 2018


The New England Science Symposium (NESS), established in 2002, provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.


***Abstract Submission deadline has passed***

All abstracts will be reviewed and applicants notified of their acceptance by the end of February 2018.


If you are submitting an abstract, DO NOT complete a separate registration form. 
To register to attend the symposium, please click below. There is no fee but pre-registration is required. Register early as seating is limited.
To register as an attendee click here: REGISTRATION


The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
A bloc of rooms has been reserved at The Westin Copley Place Boston at a nightly rate of $209 plus tax (currently 14.45%) for either a single or double room. Hotel reservations can be made online at The group rate is only available until March 16, 2018. Room cancellations must be made more than 72 hours prior to check-in date to avoid cancellation charges. Free transportation from the hotel to the Symposium will be provided on Sunday, April 8, 2018. You may want to consider seeking assistance from your institution for hotel and travel expenses, if necessary.


Awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations in various disciplines and categories are: Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Postdoctoral Awards, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Awards, The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Neonatology Award, Asclepius Laboratories Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Award, and CloudHealth Genomics Translational Research Award.

For description of the awards and list of previous award winners, please click here.


Harvard Medical School
Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP)
The Minority Faculty Development Program (Established 1990) of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (Established 2002; originally named Faculty Development and Diversity) sponsors programs for the development of Harvard Medical School faculty and trainees, with an emphasis on mentoring and leadership, as well as programs that are designed to reach out to the pre-college, college, graduate and postdoctoral populations with the goal of bringing outstanding students from groups underrepresented in medicine into the biomedical science pipeline.
Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP)
BSCP was founded in 1991 by MFDP in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education to identify, inform, support and provide mentoring for academically outstanding minority students and fellows ranging from high school to postdoctoral level.


For more information please contact:
Rodolfo Ramos
Program Coordinator - New England Science Symposium
Harvard Medical School
Lise D. Kaye
Executive Director
Biomedical Science Careers Program