Health & Life Sciences Index

The Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative ( is a consortium of seven Connecticut colleges and universities, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, geared toward identifying and providing academic programs to meet employment needs. Eastern is focused on strengthening its offerings in the health and life sciences to complement its existing state-of-the-art programs in biology, biochemistry, and health information technology.

Under this grant, Eastern is providing the Summer University Research Program (SURP), with two tracks:  Biosciences: Search for Cures and Building Healthy Communities. Eastern will also serve as a leader in insuring that new community programs created under the grant will bridge into bachelor’s degrees and beyond.

Program Coordinator:
Polly M. Silva, PhD.
Library, 108
(860) 465-4504


University Assistant:
Patty Miller
Library, 107
(860) 465-5047


Latest Updates:

Upcoming Research Opportunities

For more information, talk to your academic advisor or go to Eastern’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity page.   Some travel and project grants are available; applications are being accepted now.

  1. Jackson Labs


    Summer Program  – Application due February 2
           Academic Year InternshipsLearn more and apply now
    Internships are available in Farmington, CT and Bar Harbor, ME


    Jackson Labs Lecture Series at Eastern
    Dr. George Weinstock, (Weinstock Lab)
    Wednesday, January
    27, 2015, 3 p.m., Student Center
    …check back for more details!

    •       Watch the Jackson Labs Calendar for other opportunities

    Learn more about Jackson Labs (here) and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT (here).

  2. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR):  online form and details are available at    Conference is April 7-9.      Submissions Due:  December 2

GIS Day, 2015.  Held at Eastern Connecticut State University, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Come for the whole day or drop by for a session or two.   Talks include:

  • Community Clinical Linkages and the Governor’s Open Data Portal: A Win:Win:Win – Susan Yurasevecz (Department of Public Health)…how the Governor’s Open Data Portal provides a no-cost solution that will meet the needs of Connecticut’s Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP).

  • The Making of a Story Map: Connecticut’s Changing Landscape – Emily Wilson (University of Connecticut)
  • Several posters from SURP 2015 will be on display!

For more details, go to the  Connecticut GIS User to User Network website or contact Dr. Metcalf (metcalfm -at-

   Did you know?  Eastern Ranks in Nation for Health and Physical Fitness Major!
More information:  here

SURP 2015 —  Hot off the Press – Latest Press Release!
For more information, contact Polly Silva,

 Off-Campus Events

  Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs offered in Willimantic8/28/15 – spaces still available!
Eastern AHEC, Inc. will be offering the Medical Interpreting Training in Willimantic  These trainings are open to anyone who is 18 or over, has a Language Proficiency Assessment (LPA) of 80% or more and has a high school diploma or CED.

Eastern AHEC is offering a Medical Interpreter Certificate training program in Willimantic
When:  Saturdays, September 12 – November 14, 2015
, 9 am – 1 pm
Where:  WRCC, 872 Main St., Willimantic
Meets the standards set by the National Council for Interpreting in Health Care
For more information and to register:  Medical Interpreter Certificate Flyer

Spaces are also still available for the Medical Interpreter training in Fairfield, CT starting on October 5.

For more information you can refer to Eastern AHEC, Inc. website at, click on the Facebook icon  or contact Hector Gonzalez at 860-465-8281, X 405 or

    Eastern AHEC Job Opportunities and Internships
For more information:  Opportunities

  Interested in working in Health Care?   Just  Graduated?
Consider opportunities at Community HealthCorps
For more information, see their flyer
Check out their website:

Other STEM Events

#StudentAstronaut Contest will give one student an opportunity to experience what it is like to train like a scientist astronaut and be featured on our show. The contest will be a video contest where students will be asked to answer a series of questions. We are looking for students (age 16+ in HS or Undergrad) who are great science communicators and ambassadors for space exploration.
Deadline for submitting your videos:  September 1, 2015
For more information, go to their website (here) and Facebook page (here)

Interested in biomedical engineering?  Have an entrepreneurial bent?  Consider Mechanical & Manufacturing Technologies for Energy & Sustainability (MET2) Program.   Students will spend two weeks in the winter learning project management skills, team dynamics, and more.   Following presentations by company representatives,  each team of students will pick a real-world project, and spend 100 hours designing over the course of the spring designing a product or solution, with the help of a mentor.
Deadline for applications:  Early December.   Check the website for details
For more information, contact the MET2 staff.