Activities, Interactions, Training, and Resources

At the heart of the Department of Immunobiology is the principle that close cooperation and collaboration between investigators with diverse expertise and interests is the essential foundation for excellence in education and scientific research. A friendly, supportive environment, open discussion, shared resources, and multi-lab training are fundamental parts of the fabric of the research endeavor in Immunology at Yale. This has contributed heavily to the research achievements of the faculty and to the success of the program. There are many opportunities for interactions among the graduate students and between the graduate students and faculty.

Annual Meetings and Retreats

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Immunobiology Graduate Student Symposium: is a full day symposium that is organized and run by immunobiology graduate students who invite cutting edge speakers to speak about current breakthroughs and the future of the field.

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Departmental Retreat: Each year, the Department of Immunobiology holds a retreat. This yearly retreat provides an exceptional opportunity for the communication of ideas and results. The retreat is an important forum that brings together virtually all Immunologists at Yale and features talks by faculty but heavily emphasizes informal workshops and an extended poster session, organized and chaired by graduate students and postdocs, in which trainees can present and discuss recent data.

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HTI Retreat: The Human and Translational Immunology (HTI) program focuses on the application of new developments in the field of immunology to the treatment of human diseases. Each year, HTI members participate in a retreat focused on translational research, which allows scientists to share their work and interact with other researchers in a social setting. The program consists of an invited keynote speaker, principal investigators, and lab member presentations as wells as a poster session to give all levels of researchers the opportunity to share their work.

Weekly Seminars

  • Research in Progress (RIP) Seminar Series. This weekly seminar series (Fridays at 3:30PM) is an integral part of our graduate program. Every graduate student, beginning in their second year of the program, and almost every postdoc, speaks in this series each year. RIP is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and data. Trainees can obtain feedback from the members of the department and learn about one another's research. 
  • Departmental Seminars. The Department of Immunobiology sponsors a well attended seminar series held each Thursday at 10:30AM. The series covers all areas of Immunology and the speakers include many of the most prominent Immunologists from around the world (graduate students and postdocs in the department invite and host several of these speakers each year, including taking them to dinner). Other departments at Yale (Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Biology) also hold easily accessible weekly seminars which are often of immediate interest. 
  • Human and Translational Immunology (HTI) also hosts a seminar series that highlights studies of human disease and features nationally recognized internal and outside speakers.

Collaborations

  • Collaborative Research. Many graduate students engage in collaborative research projects involving two or more Immunology laboratories. The concrete evidence for this is the more than 60 joint publications that have resulted from these collaborations in the last five years alone. 
  • Student Advisory Committees. Each graduate student has an advisory committee consisting of four to five faculty members who meet every six months with the student to evaluate his/her progress and offer advice on research planned or in progress. 
  • Joint lab, Program, and Project Meetings are extensive, reflecting the close interactions of the groups.
  • BBS Fellows and Graduate School Resources. Two senior graduate students from each BBS department are BBS Fellows. An additional International Fellow and a Minority Fellow are also designated. Fellows help with the integration of first and second-year students into the Yale community through meetings and informal gatherings arranged each semester to talk over issues and to share information. The Dean of the Graduate School, Jon Butler, works actively to bring together students in all disciplines as part of our intellectual community. Graduate students are kept informed of the diversity of seminars and events and of upcoming deadlines by the YGS Newsletter, published by the Graduate School. The Graduate School publishes a Fellowship Guide each year and distributes it to graduate students in all the disciplines. 
  • The McDougal Graduate School Center is a multi-faceted facility designed to enrich graduate student life socially, intellectually, culturally, and professionally. Particularly important components are its Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, its extensive career services, and the Graduate Teaching Center.

Other Activities and Resources

Below are just a few resources available to graduate students in the Department of Immunobiology.

SEOP

Science Education Outreach Program, SEOP, is a successful outreach program that has been in place since 1995. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences at Yale carry out projects in genetics in the New Haven Middle Schools going together as teams of 3 per classroom. We focus on middle school to capture the spirit of curiosity of young people before they decide whether science is "cool" or not.

Graduate Resources

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The Graduate Writing Center helps GSAS students with their written coursework, seminar papers, prospectuses, papers for publication, fellowships, grant applications, and dissertation chapters.  The center offers many programs, including: Individual Writing Consultations; Dissertation Prospectus Writing; Grant and Fellowship Writing; Workshops for Non-native English Speakers.

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Medical Library

All members of the Department of Immunobiology have access to the main Yale Medical Library which has an extensive collection of journals available at the library and online. The Scan and Deliver service now offered by Yale's library allows current Yale students to submit requests for book chapters and journal articles from the ORBIS and MORRIS library catalogs. Requests are received by library staff members who will locate, retrieve, and scan the materials within two business days. When the request is ready for download, patrons will receive an email containing a link to access the PDF.