CBS Circles are small groups of juniors, seniors, and transfer students who meet regularly to learn, develop, and connect with one another. Each Spring 2021 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 2021 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 February 7 or 14. 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 Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59pm CST to participate in any of the CBS Circles this spring.
- A Crash Course in Art History
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (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, including movements such as Dadaism, Neodadaism, Minimalism, Art Nouveau, Neoimpressionism, Jomōn Period art, Rococo, Fauvism, Art Deco, and Realism. Learning about art history offers new skills and insights one might not get with an all-science course load.
- Biology Book Club
Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2021 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Maria Martell, a Biology major with a minor in Public Health. In this every other week Circle, we will read and discuss one or two books over the course of the spring semester. As a group, we will decide on the book(s) to read, choosing from a wide range of topics (biology, medicine, public health, ecology, biotechnology). The goal of this Circle is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to discuss topics in biology while bonding over the joy of reading.
- Discussing Scientific Current Events
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Bronwynn Ziemann, a Biology major with a minor in Spanish. In this weekly Circle, we will research and discuss scientific current events so that we can be better scientists and be more connected to the scientific community. New scientific discoveries are not only fascinating, but a real-life application to the topics we learn in class. This Circle will allow participants to better understand a new or unfamiliar scientific discovery and explore topics we may not learn as much about in our classes.
- Exploring Bias and Social Justice in Healthcare
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Sanju Sivaan, a Neuroscience major with a minor in Pharmacology. 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.
- Exploring Wildlife and Nature
Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2021 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Annika Herdtle, an Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior major with minors in Behavioral Biology, Wildlife Care & Handling, and Anthropology. In this every other week Circle, participants will learn more about nature, wildlife, evolution, and behavior, including the importance and struggles of conservation and the evolutionary conditions that could lead to unique traits or behaviors in certain animals. Activities in this Circle could include discussing nature documentaries and videos, going outside to hike or bird watch, or learn about virtual ways to access wildlife through the Snapshot Serengeti project and live animal cams.
- Healthy Pandemic Eating
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Anh Nguyen, a Biology major. In this weekly Circle, we will discuss how to create and maintain healthy eating habits during the pandemic. Discussion topics in this Circle may include finding healthy ingredients and recipes on a budget, exploring different cooking techniques, and learning about the biochemistry of how food converts to fuel for the human body.
- Issues of Diversity, Equity and Justice in STEM
Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2021 (5 total meetings) on Mondays from 1-2pm. Facilitated by Makenzie Cavil, a Cellular and Organismal Physiology major with a minor in Spanish Studies. This Circle is continuing from Fall 2020 but is open to accepting new participants who can meet on Mondays from 1-2pm. In this every other week Circle, we will have dialogues around issues of equity in STEM. Discussions will be open and fluid and will focus on how to recognize inequity, research the impacts of inequity, discuss what various communities are doing to promote equity, and learn how to become better advocates for equity. Throughout the semester, we will educate ourselves and set goals for things we can do to promote inclusion in our communities and careers.
- So, You're Thinking of Becoming a Physician Assistant (PA)?
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Rachel Kelm, a Biology major. In this weekly Circle, we will discuss the journey to getting accepted to Physician Assistant (PA) school. We will cover what it means to be a PA in the United States and the differences between PAs, MD/DOs, and NPs, the CASPA application website, patient care hours, good podcasts and resources to use, interview preparation, and supporting everyone’s next steps.
- The Relationship Between Science and Spirituality
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Patrick Torralba, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major. In this weekly Circle, participants will discuss the intersectionality between science and spirituality. Discussion topics could include "Evolution and the Abrahamic faith", "Angels and demons - a scientific approach", and "Parallels between Science Mysticism." We can also explore multiple religions and beliefs like Islam, Greek mythology, and more.
- "Unconventional" Career Paths with a CBS Degree
Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2021 (10 total meetings). Facilitated by Rebecca Moser, a Neuroscience major with a minor in Leadership. In this weekly Circle, we will explore career possibilities for our CBS degree(s) other than medical school or PhD programs. Whether it's pursuing a different graduate school opportunity or going directly into the work force, there are so many options for putting our degrees to use. The goal of this Circle is to help students explore different career paths following graduation and create a network of CBS students.
- Understanding Health Disparities in the United States
Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2021 (5 total meetings). Facilitated by Medha Kaul, a Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development major with a minor in Public Health. In this every other week Circle, we will learn about the history and current state of health disparities in the United States, as well as solutions to promote greater health equity. The goal of this Circle is to have participants understand how factors such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, and ability affect health risks and outcomes for marginalized groups in the U.S. and understand our roles in promoting health equity as future leaders in our respective fields.