CBS Circles are small groups of juniors, seniors, and transfer students who meet regularly to learn, develop, and connect with one another. Each Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 in order to be offered. Meetings will be one hour long, online, and the Circle will meet weekly or every other week starting the week of September 27th. The days/times of each Fall 2020 Circle 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 Tuesday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. CT to participate in any of the CBS Circles this fall.
- A Crash Course in Art History
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Kaje Allen, a Neuroscience and Art History double major. In this weekly Circle, we will learn how to look at and think about art in a new way. This includes evaluating art not only aesthetically, but also the dialogue between art and culture in a given time period, such as Prehistoric art, Ancient Greek art, Renaissance art, Baroque art, Impressionist art, Ukiyo-e Japanese art, 20th c. African American art, Feminist art, Surrealist art, and Modern art. Learning about art history offers new skills and insights one might not get with an all science course load.
- Art Inspired by the Natural World
Every other week meetings throughout Fall 2020 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Haley Shorter, a Plant and Microbial Biology major with an Art minor. In this every other week Circle, students will find beauty in the natural world around us. Activities will revolve around going outside and gathering supplies for easy art activities we can do at home, or being inspired by the beauty in the natural world to bring new ideas to our minds to create art. We will be using both the supplies we already have and what nature gives us to make beautiful art for our room or home.
- Becoming a Well-Rounded Applicant for Medical School
Every other week meetings throughout Fall 2020 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Katie Dornbush, a Biology major with a Public Health minor. In this every other week Circle, we will have discussions about how getting involved in different types of activities, hobbies, or interests can set us apart from other future applicants to medical school, along with discussing what we have learned from our experiences. We can also explore how to get involved in research and volunteering. By the end of the semester, participants should be able to fill out the "Experiences and Competencies" part of the Medicine Action Plan from the Pre-Health Student Resource Center.
- Exploring Bias and Social Justice in Healthcare
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Sanju Sivaan, a Neuroscience major with a Pharmacology minor. In this weekly Circle, we will have discussions around a variety of areas of bias and social justice in healthcare, such as gender, race, socio-economic status, disabilities, education, etc. Part of each meeting will be spent learning from research studies about how patient care may be impacted as a result of bias and part of each meeting will be spent discussing different points of view, personal experiences, and ideas for ways to prevent inequities in healthcare and health outcomes due to bias.
- Gap Year Planning
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Kayla Larsen, a Biology major. In this weekly Circle, participants will be able to discuss ideas and make plans for their gap year and feel as though they are not just taking a break from academics but building their resumes. We will research job and volunteering opportunities, internships, and other possibilities for a gap year. Additionally, we can plan for what we can do during a gap year to prepare for future graduate or professional school applications, such as GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, etc. exam preparation.
- Issues of Diversity, Equality, and Justice in STEM
Every other week meetings throughout Fall 2020 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Makenzie Cavil, a Cellular and Organismal Physiology major with a Spanish Studies minor. In this every other week Circle, we will spend time learning about injustices specifically pertaining to the STEM field. Discussions in the Circle will be open and fluid and will give participants the opportunity to learn about topics that are of interest to them based on their own concerns related to injustice and inequities. A goal for this Circle is that we educate ourselves about inequities in the scientific community and become advocates for change.
- Managing Stress and Mental Health as a Pre-Med Student
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Co-facilitated by Alisha Relan, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major with a minor in Leadership and Abigail Pleiss, a Biology major with minors in Leadership and Health & Wellness. In this weekly Circle, we will discuss how to manage stress and the fears and anxieties that students may have regarding the pre-med career path. The path to medical school is not a straight line and participants can support each other on their individual and unique pre-med journeys. Discussions and activities in the Circle could include learning stress-relief techniques and strategies for supporting mental health especially during this time of remote learning and limited access to social support.
- Pharmacy School Preparation and PharmD Career Exploration
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Co-facilitated by Tiffany Cheng, a Biochemistry major with a Public Health minor and Yangtso Tenzin, a Biochemistry major with a Public Health minor. In this weekly Circle, we will work on researching requirements for pharmacy school, including the prerequisites, GPA requirements, reference letters, and we will learn more about how to be a competitive applicant for PharmD programs. Discussions in the meetings could include establishing goals for our future careers in pharmacy, developing connections with those in pharmacy school or in careers as pharmacists, and understanding academic and non-academic qualifications for pharmacy school.
- Pre-Physician Assistant Preparation
Every other week meetings throughout Fall 2020 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Kayla Larsen, a Biology major. In this every other week Circle, we will discuss the application process for PA school, including opportunities to gain experience to become a competitive applicant. We will explore volunteer opportunities, direct care opportunities, and internships. We can also discuss study resources for the GRE and how to gain more knowledge on topics that will be focused on in PA programs.
- Quarantine Crafts
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Morgan Kramer, an Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior major with an Anthropology minor. In this weekly Circle, participants will share their creative side and work on improving their arts and crafts, whether that is painting, baking, photography, macrame, embroidery, digital art, writing, sewing, or anything else. No skills are required, just a desire to try. Meetings will include sharing art if you want to, getting advice from your peers, and chatting with friends while creating art. No expectations or deadlines, just a space where people want to create.
- Racial Disparities in Healthcare
Every other week meetings throughout Fall 2020 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Hafsa Balayah, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major. In this every other week Circle, we will discuss the specific issue of racism in healthcare and disparities in health outcomes based on race. It is important for future healthcare professionals to learn about these disparities so we can become the next generation of educated and aware healthcare professionals that will help reduce these disparities. The topics covered in this Circle will be supplemented by articles to facilitate more engaged discussions.
- The Folkloric, Religious, Magical, and Medical Uses of Plants
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Joe Smeenge, a Biology major. In this weekly Circle, participants will learn about and discuss historical and cultural perspectives about the varied uses of plants in medicine and religion. CBS students regularly work with plants in a laboratory setting and this Circle will provide an opportunity to learn different perspectives and folklore around these plants. Students interested in ethnobotany, medicine, anthropology, religious studies, the history of medicine, or wellness would be a good fit for this Circle.
- The Future of Bioethics and the Morality of Science
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Patrick Torralba, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major. In this weekly Circle, participants will discuss ethics surrounding topics such as cloning, genetic testing, CRISPR technologies, end-of-life issues, public health, and more. The goal would not be to encourage or discourage certain viewpoints but rather grow in critical thinking skills. Participants in this Circle would gain a larger knowledge and understanding of these issues while practicing the ability to discuss ethical issues.
- The Importance of Creativity in Science
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Sonia Olson, a Neuroscience major with a Spanish Studies minor. In this weekly Circle, we will discuss the importance of creativity in science and break the myth that STEM and creativity are mutually exclusive. Creativity drives the innovation, problem solving, and increased efficiency that we are seeing in all areas of modern science. The meetings will focus on topics such as recent scientific innovations, creative problem solving in science, and the transition from STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) rhetoric.
- Translating Science: Communicating Scientific Knowledge to the Public
Weekly meetings throughout Fall 2020 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Tony Joseph, a Biology major. In this weekly Circle, we will identify methods and strategies to communicate science to a general audience and practice implementing these strategies. Explaining complicated, nuanced science clearly and concisely to audiences unfamiliar with your work is a skill that we can practice in this Circle. The current pandemic has demonstrated the crucial importance of scientific literacy and how the ability to clearly and effectively translate science to others can profoundly affect policies and even save lives.