SEAS WinterSession 2019

A listing of enrichment courses and events during the Winter Session and throughout January at SEAS. During January, SEAS will be alive with professional development opportunities and just plain fun. We will host activities to advance your skills, explore career opportunities, and relax and learn with your classmates and colleagues.

Winter Session Program in Bioengineering at SEAS for First Year Students!

Dates: January 22-25, 2019

Info Session: Monday, November 5th from 4 – 5 PM in Pierce Lounge

Application Link: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Wcax4TVlAWPOM5

Application Deadline: November 26, 2018


The BioSTAR program led by Samir Mitragotri, Melissa Hancock and Eden Tanner, will run from January 22 – 25, 2019, from 9:30AM - 4:30PM, in the Active Learning Labs in Pierce Hall. Students will work with mouse cancer cells, learning basic tissue culture techniques and growing the cells in both 2D and 3D. Anti-cancer drug development, research, and treatment will be covered, and students will see firsthand the importance of 3D cultures for drug development. Methods including cell culture, microfluidics, fluorescence microscopy, and viability assays will be covered.


Questions? Contact lstjoy@seas.harvard.edu


Winter Session Solar Cell Workshop

Dates: January 22-25, 2019

Application Link: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xpFlgfHy23gzfn

Application Deadline: November 26, 2018


1. Develop an understanding of why Solar Power Harvesting is important?

2. Learn how to make a simple working Silicon Solar Cell using the following tools:

a. Wafer preparation using wet chemical process

b. Spin Coater

c. Furnace for annealing

d. CAD for Mask Design

e. Mask Aligner

f. Hot Plates for soft and hard resist bake

g. Thermal Evaporator for metal deposition

h. Sonicator

3. Learn how to perform device level characterization of a solar cell.


There are none. This course is open to all Harvard undergraduate and Graduate Students.


All fabrication will be performed in the ALL G13A with the exception of HF clean and Hard mask Generation which will be performed by the teaching staff at CNS. Characterization will be performed in the Habbal Lab using the Solar Simulator. Lectures venues are more flexible.

Questions? Contact lstjoy@seas.harvard.edu



Collaborative Field Course in Peru in partnership with UTEC

Trip Dates: January 7 - January 19, 2019

Information session: Info Session: Monday, October 22 from 4-5PM in MD G135

Application Deadline:  October 29, 2018

Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/ZCG7eYt57CwpC3WA2


Students will spend two weeks in Peru in 2019 January 7-20 learning about the environmental and social impact of illegal gold mining in the Amazon, and how this can escalate into an issue that has global reach. Working together with student counterparts at the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), Harvard students under the guidance of Harvard SEAS professor Joost Vlassak and UTEC professor Carlos Rios, will travel to the Amazon Basin to observe, learn, and design solutions to address and mitigate impact. This year's program will focus on developing and implementing a tool for soil nutrient analysis to boost agriculture as an economic alternative to gold mining.

The program will begin in Lima (Perú’s capital), where students will be given lectures at UTEC to better understand the social, environmental, and economic impact of informal gold mining in the region of Madre de Dios (the Amazon Basin), and tools to design solutions.  These initial activities will be complemented with a one-week field trip to the Amazon rainforest and the high Andes near Cusco to evaluate the impact of gold mining, observe local agricultural practices, and speak with local experts (researchers, NGOs, etc).  Soil samples will be collected at various locations and analyzed using a prototype soil analysis device. Students are expected to further develop the device and explore implementation strategies that take into account the severe resource limitations of the Amazon region. Become a part of the solution to some of the most pressing global environmental issues at the intersection of engineering, business and policy.

Questions? Contact Lila St. Joy (617-998-0767)

Harvard College Winter Session Resources

Harvard College WinterSession website

Harvard College will be closed for Winter Recess on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 5 PM - Friday, January 12, 2018, 9 AM.. During this time only those students with a recognized and pre-approved need to be on campus will be permitted to remain in or return early to College housing. Student identification cards will be deactivated during this period.

Due to reduced residential staff and dining facilities during the Winter Recess, the number of students that the College can accommodate before January 12th is limited.

Please note that all students will be permitted, but not required, to return to campus beginning on Friday January 12, 2018. The first day of spring semester classes is Monday, January 22, 2018.

Visit here for more information about winter recess housing.  Emailwinterhousing@fas.harvard.edu for all winter recess housing related inquiries




For any questions on programming during Winter Session at SEAS, please contact: Lila St. Joy