News and Noteworthy

Congratulations Class of 2023

On May 21, our final cohort of students celebrated their graduation surrounded by a proud group of family and friends.  This incredible year saw a class of dedicated and conscientious students enthusiastically complete their clinical rotations, present theses research and continually support their classmates. We are incredibly proud of their accomplishments and know the lessons they have learned will serve them well throughout their careers.

10 members of the graduating class of 2023

Congratulations Class of 2023 !

Sarmiento advocates for increased diversity in health professions

July 27, 2019

Ana Sarmiento, MS’19, was quoted in a July 27, 2019, NPR article about the need to recruit more people of color to the field of genetic counseling and other health professions. "I can't tell you how many times I've seen the look of relief on a Spanish-speaking patient's face when they realize they can communicate with me," said Sarmiento, a cancer genetic counselor at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver. "It's what keeps me passionate about being a genetic counselor."

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Chen wins award for highest rated abstract at ACMG annual meeting

April 4, 2019

Jin Yun "Helen" Chen, MS’14, was presented with the ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Genetic Counselor Award at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Genetic Counselor's annual clinical genetics meeting in Seattle. The award, which carries a $1,000 cash prize, is given to the genetic counselor with the highest rated abstract submitted to the ACMG annual meeting. Chen is a certified genetic counselor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

O’Sullivan and Prince receive LEND Fellowship
Lauren O’Sullivan and Katie Prince, Class of 2022, have both been selected as Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Disabilities (LEND) Fellows at Children’s Hospital, Boston for the 2021-2022 academic year. The LEND Program provides interdisciplinary training that offers fellows, from a broad range of disciplines, knowledge and skills that prepare them to both work with individuals who have disabilities and/ or other complex medical needs and provide support for their families. Lauren and Katie are the first LEND Fellows from the Brandeis GC Program. We are thrilled they have this opportunity, and look forward to our students participating in the future.
Kimberly Butland finalist in 3M competition
On April 7, Kimberly Butland, along with eleven GSAS students competed in the final round of Brandeis University’s first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT is a speaking competition designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks to a general audience. Kimberly’s informative and insightful presentation on “Genetic Counseling Training Program Admissions: A Deeper Dive into the Applicant Review Process and Its Implications for the Workforce”, was very well received. Congratulations to Kimberly on a stellar performance.