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New England
Science Symposium


Program Overview

The New England Science Symposium (NESS)

Sunday, March 30, 2025

Established in 2001, NESS 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, engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, exchange ideas, and expand their professional networks.

Virtual Abstract Feedback Session

Saturday, December 7, 2024

This is an annual virtual prep session designed for individuals who wish to receive feedback on their abstract from advisors and peers before submitting it in application to NESS. The meeting will be set up in small groups of students and advisors, where students will give a 2- to 4-minute elevator pitch to the group. Participating in this session is not required, nor does it guarantee acceptance to NESS.

Applications for The 4th Annual Virtual Abstract Feedback Session and The 24th Annual New England Science Symposium will open September 3, 2024.

View our flyer and join our email list via the QR code!

Check out the Resources and Guidance page to help you prepare an abstract or presentation.

Have questions about NESS? See our Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Checklist page.


We are pleased to announce the 2024 NESS Award Recipients. Congratulations to all of the 2024 presenters!

Awards are given for outstanding oral and poster presentations in various disciplines and the categories are: Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Awards, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Awards, Postdoctoral Awards sponsored by Vertex, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Neonatology Award, TACS BIO Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Award, American Cancer Society Awards, and Predicine Translational Research Award.

See the description of the awards.


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Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP)

The Minority Faculty Development Program (est.1990), a component of DICP, 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.


Logo of Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. We discovered and developed the first medicines to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare, life-threatening genetic disease. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.





For more information about NESS please contact:

Victoria Bhambhani
Program Manager
New England Science Symposium

Hollie Borek DeSilva
Executive Director
Biomedical Science Careers Program