Spring 2020 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 2020 Circle below is focused around a specific topic or goal, which was proposed by the CBS Circle Guide. Each Circle will need to have a minimum of two participants in Spring 2020 in order to be offered. Meeting days/times of each Spring 2020 Circle will be scheduled in collaboration with the Circle Guide and the other participants in the Circle.

If you are a CBS junior, senior, or transfer student (by class year, not number of credits), complete the sign-up form to participate in any of the CBS Circles this spring.

  • Applying to Medical School

    Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Shivjot Singh, a Biology major. Shivjot is a former transfer student and currently volunteers at Park Nicollet Hospital and works with the 10,000 Families Study at the U of M. She is bilingual (Punjabi and English) and hopes to go to medical school to become an emergency room physician.

    In this every other week Circle, we will learn about different aspects of the application process for medical school, such as understanding what is required in the application, learning more about the MCAT, exploring information about the interview process, how to request letters of recommendation, and more. The goals of this Circle are to make preparing for the application process more enjoyable by working with others who share a similar career goal and for participants to feel more knowledgeable about the application process.

  • Biologists Who Play Teamfight Tactics (TFT): Gaming and Critical Thinking

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Quan Ly, a Biology major. Quan is a junior and former transfer student. He plans to graduate in Fall 2020 and his academic goal is to get accepted to dental school.

    Teamfight Tactics (TFT) is a computer game, which is a variation of chess. This is a round-based strategy game for up to 8 people playing together and requires critical thinking in order to win since there are 100 possible combinations of items, 90 units, 28 classes/elements, and many possible comps to build your team. In this weekly Circle, we will play the game together to practice improving our critical thinking skills and have fun with other CBS students.

  • Cultural Cooking

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Allegra Sciaccotta, a Biochemistry and Spanish double major. Allegra is a senior and works in a pharmacology lab studying cocaine addiction and also works as a personal care assistant. She plans to take a gap year and study for the MCAT and eventually apply to medical school.

    In this weekly Circle, we will choose a new culture to learn about and discuss together, specifically the foods and recipes that are important and relevant in that culture. We may also make recipes together and taste test different foods from different cultures with the goal of having every participant try at least three new foods. Participants who have studied abroad would be encouraged to share their experiences with food and recipes they experienced while abroad.

  • De-Stress with Bob Ross

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Chantal Kloth, an EEB major with minors in Nutrition and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Chantal is a senior and will be graduating at the end of the semester. She plans to take a gap year (or two) to travel before continuing down a career path with developing in-vitro meat.

    Take some time out of your busy schedule to de-stress by learning how to oil paint with Bob Ross! In this weekly Circle, we will paint along to the most watched TV art show in history, “The Joy of Painting.” Each week we will grab our paint brushes and paint some “happy little trees” with Bob Ross. Learn different techniques for landscape oil painting and transform simple smudges and blotches into beautiful mountains, woodlands, seascapes, wintery scenes and other landscapes. No experience or artistic ability is required and all materials and supplies will be provided; “all you need is the desire to make beautiful things happen on canvas” (Bob Ross).

  • Exploring Opportunities to Become a Well-Rounded Pre-Med Student

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Shivjot Singh, a Biology major. Shivjot is a former transfer student and currently volunteers at Park Nicollet Hospital and works with the 10,000 Families Study at the U of M. She is bilingual (Punjabi and English) and hopes to go to medical school to become an emergency room physician.

    This weekly Circle's purpose is for students to work together and learn about the opportunities that are available for pre-med students, such as research, internships, shadowing, volunteering, and on-campus student groups. This Circle will also be a way to connect with students who have similar pre-med career interests and share the goal of working in healthcare. By the end of the semester, participants will learn about at least 2-3 new opportunities for pre-med students.

  • Gap Year Planning

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Marin Melloy, a Biology major with a minor in Spanish Studies. Marin does research in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, studied abroad in Ecuador, and currently volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at St Mary's clinics. She is taking a gap year before attending medical school.

    This weekly Circle is for students who have decided to take a gap year and want to explore how to make the most of their time away from academia. This can include exploring gap year jobs that are most rewarding for your future career path, volunteer opportunities to pursue during a gap year, travel during a gap year, as well as jobs outside of your desired career path but that allow personal growth and may be once in a lifetime opportunities. Whether you have no idea what to do during your gap year or are fairly sure of the opportunities you want to pursue, this Circle will provide a support system of peers to help prepare you for life after graduation.

  • (k)news and knits

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Madeline Jones, a Neuroscience major with interests in French, Public Health, and Mental Health. Madeline is a senior and after graduation, she will be pursuing a Master’s in Social Work.

    As we prepare to enter adulthood it's important that we are aware of current events and find ways to consume information in accessible ways and in different mediums. In this weekly Circle we will read or listen to a news piece and discuss it while doing a craft such as knitting, crocheting, or making friendship bracelets. Learn about the world outside of the sciences by seeking out news in fields such as art, politics, sports, and international events while getting to know fellow CBS students. By the end of the semester, participants will have a good idea of which news mediums are best for them.

  • Mental Health in Healthcare

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Emily Kasprick, a Neuroscience major with a minor in Public Health. Emily is a junior and former transfer student. She works in the Herman-Darrow lab on campus which focuses on epilepsy and Parkinson's, does rock climbing, and is on the CBS Student Board. After graduating, she will be taking a gap year and then hopes to attend medical school to focus on clinical neurology.

    This weekly Circle will examine mental health throughout the healthcare system: how it affects healthcare providers, undergraduate, and health professional students, how it can create bias when treating patients, and more. Each meeting will focus on one facet of mental health and will include discussing techniques and resources that are relevant to that week’s discussion, including day-to-day mental health concerns such as stress and self-care, and overarching mental health awareness such as decreasing the stigma and knowing how to help a friend in need. By the end of the semester, participants will have a broader understanding of mental health and have concrete ways to apply this knowledge to their lives as students and future healthcare providers.

  • Opening Biology to Diverse Perspectives

    Every other week meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Lilly Keefe-Powers, an EEB major with a minor in History. Lilly is interested in birds, natural history museums, and science fiction. Her latest research is on European raptor distribution, and how absolutely not special it is. She currently tells people animal facts for a living and would like to do that for the foreseeable future.

    Scientists of the past have made many impressive and important discoveries but with growing accessibility to education, more and more people are getting involved in the biological sciences and with these new perspectives comes the opportunity for new innovations. Have you heard about the growing movement to incorporate indigenous knowledge and leadership into ecological research and conservation? How about doctors collaborating with marginalized communities to create better health outcomes? This every other week Circle will give you an opportunity to learn about some of the ways diverse perspectives are changing science for the better, why it matters, and how you can support diversity in your own studies and career.

  • Pursuing a Career in Law as a Biological Sciences Student

    Weekly meetings throughout Spring 2020; Facilitated by Alec Wong, a Biochemistry major. Alec has previously worked in a neuroscience lab researching Lewy Body Dementia, alpha-synuclein and other protein aggregations, and worked with the Stanford Nun Studies and he currently works in a biochemistry lab researching aging and cell senescence. After graduation, he plans to apply for graduate and law school and pursue a joint JD-PhD program.

    Enjoy biology but also enjoy legal and policy aspects of science? Have you considered a legal career with a science background? With current advancements in science and technology, there has been a push among biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to recruit individuals with strong backgrounds in the life sciences to assist in legal processes involving intellectual property. In this weekly Circle, we will cover topics such as how patents play a role in our education and career, how to jumpstart a career in law, and how we can work toward this career goal by exploring graduate and law programs, practicing LSAT and GRE sample problems, and researching legal policies.