Spring 2022 CBS Circles

CBS Circles are small groups of juniors, seniors, and transfer students who meet regularly to learn, develop, and connect with one another. Each Spring 2022 Circle below is focused around a specific topic or goal, which was proposed by the student listed in the description. Each Circle will need to have a minimum of two participants in Spring 2022 in order to be offered. Meetings will be one hour long, online or in person, and will meet weekly or every other week. The days/times of the meetings will be scheduled in collaboration with the facilitator and the other participants in the Circle.


If you are a CBS junior, senior, or transfer student, complete the sign-up form by Friday, February 4 at 11:59pm CST to participate in any of the CBS Circles this spring.


 

  • Bioethics of End-of-Life Care - cancelled for Spring 2022

    This Circle has been cancelled for spring 2022.

     

  • Building a Career: Turning Study Skills into Professional Foundations

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Christos Robertson, a Plant and Microbial Biology major.

    In this weekly Circle, we will be exploring important skills in networking, communication and technology that will provide us with an effective transition from the University into our respective post-graduate pathways (graduate school, professional school, industry/government jobs, etc.). Skills could include science writing for non-scientists, coding application and interpretation, using organizational programs like One Note or Zotero, and navigating professional/academic systems.

     

  • Exercising the Right Brain: Setting Aside Time for Art

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Emma Galligher, a Neuroscience major.

    In this weekly Circle, participants will set aside time to pursue something artistic, whether it be painting, drawing, sewing, etc. As a CBS student, it can be difficult to find a break from the constant analysis, critical thinking, and hard parameters. This Circle will benefit participants’ mental health by helping them to set aside time to take a break, pursue an artistic project, and meet new people in CBS. Art supplies can be provided to participants if needed.

     

  • Future Career Plans: Beyond Medical School

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Meghan Walsh, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major.

    In this weekly Circle, we will focus on career options for CBS students other than going to medical school. Many students are unsure of their plans after college, and this Circle will help participants to discuss and share opportunities outside of the direct medical care field. This Circle will provide participants with the space and community to share their plans for the future outside of medical school and explore career possibilities.

  • Knitting and Crocheting

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings will be held in person. Facilitated by Olivia Toles, a Cellular and Organismal Physiology major.

    In this weekly Circle, we will spend time working on knitting or crocheting projects, learning how to knit or crochet, sharing patterns, and hanging out. This is meant to be a low stress environment to provide community for students to explore a new creative outlet. Knitting and crocheting supplies can be provided to participants if needed.

  • Music Exploration

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Fiona Giles, a Neuroscience major.

    In this weekly Circle, we'll explore a different music genre each week by listening to albums and talking about successful artists in that genre. We will also include additional time during our meetings to have "open mics" where participants can share any songs or music styles they have recently discovered. Participants are welcome to bring their instruments so we can teach each other songs if time permits.

  • Reflect and Recharge

    Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2022 (5 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Kevin Singh, a Biochemistry major.

    In this every other week Circle, participants will have a space to step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reflect on their own lives and the world around them. We will engage in group activities and discussions on a wide range of topics including mental health, cultural awareness, and career readiness. Together, we will learn about ourselves and from each other as we work towards achieving our personal goals!

  • Usage and Adaptation of Biological Concepts in Movies

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings will be held in person. Facilitated by Logan Kolaske, an Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior major.

    In this weekly Circle, we will focus on different movies that utilize a biological concept in some way. The movies may use a real biological concept as the base for the story, or use it as a starting point to tell a more abstract story. The meetings would be primarily focused on discussions about the movies, but there will also be some other ways to interact with the movies. While not necessary, it would be preferable if participants had access to a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu.

  • What to Do During Your Gap Year Before Medical School

    Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2022 (5 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Jacob Weiner, a Neuroscience major.

    In this every other week Circle, participants will discuss the transition between undergrad and medical school, which is filled with many questions, uncertainties, and hopes. Deciding to take a gap year is a means to further develop yourself as a medical professional while at the same time learning more about yourself. This Circle will be utilized to define what a gap year means for each participant, potential options for a gap year, and how to use a gap year to the best of your advantage.

  • Women and Healthcare Book Nook

    Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2022 (5 total meetings). Meetings may be held in person or online. Facilitated by Josie Minnerath, a Biology major.

    In this every other week Circle, students will read and discuss different books, fiction or non-fiction, that focus on women in science or women in healthcare. We will read on our own and then come together in the Circle meetings to discuss the different topics and underlying issues of the book/chapters. Books will be provided to participants.

  • Women in Medicine

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2022 (10 total meetings). Meetings will be held online. Facilitated by Dinah Tauferner, a Biology major.

    In this weekly Circle, we will look at the impact of women in medicine as leaders, historically and today. We will also learn more about women’s experiences in the medical field. This Circle can also help support women headed into a career in medicine.