New England Science Symposium (NESS)

Mar 23rd, 2024
Boston, Massachusetts

The 23rd Annual New England Science Symposium (NESS) will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Harvard Medical School Joseph B. Martin Conference Center located at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur in Boston, Massachusetts.


The New England Science Symposium (NESS), established in 2002, 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, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.


This is a virtual prep session designed for individuals who wish to receive feedback on their abstract from advisors and peers before submitting it. The meeting will be set up in small groups (5-7 individuals) 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.

The deadline to submit abstracts for the feedback session is November 17, 2023.

Register for the Virtual Abstract Feedback Session.


Awards for outstanding oral and poster presentations in various disciplines and 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.

For description of the awards,please click here.

For 2023 award winners, please click here


Harvard Medical School
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.

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Register for NESS.
Submit an abstract for NESS.