Interested in joining The BALSA Group? We will be hosting an information session on the WashU Medical campus (Connor Auditorium) from 6-7pm on Thursday 9/19.Read more
We are extremely excited to recognize Chen Dong as our outstanding consultant of this quarter! Chen grew up in China, and received a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is currently a first year graduate student in the Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology program at WashU. His research looks at the mechanisms and applications of naive pluripotency in humans.Read more
Our featured alum of Spring 2019 is Jiaxi Fang. Jiaxi is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Applied Particle Technology. Jiaxi was a member of BALSA from 2012-14, and he served as Director of Professional Development from 2013-14. Below we hear from Jiaxi about his experiences in BALSA and how they have influenced him as he moves forward with his career. Thank you Jiaxi for your time!Read more
As the 2019 BALSA executive board prepares for the upcoming year, we are reminded of the dedication and achievements accomplished by the outgoing officers. I want to thank all outgoing officers and their tireless efforts that ensure BALSA's ongoing success. With their efforts, we continued providing career development opportunities for our membership, notably our dedicated summer professional development series. We continued strengthening bonds with our charitable arm, The BALSA Foundation, to support the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are very thankful for their contributions and grateful to have had an opportunity to work with such talented leaders.Read more
As we approach the end of another successful year, I wanted to take a moment to thank our dedicated and immensely supportive community. This unique network of members, clients, and supporters that we’ve built from a wide variety of backgrounds provides us with endless opportunities to learn and improve. Whether you have consulted on or led a project, hired us for an engagement, or provided us with valuable guidance, we are grateful for your participation.Read more
BALSA is proud to announce that we have sponsored Luis Ruiz through MARC uSTAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) program, one of two NIH-funded programs at WUSTL (Washington University in St Louis) dedicated to preparing minority undergraduate students for PhD or MD/PhD training in STEM.Read more
Orion Genomics recently published on their molecular technology to increase the yield of palm oil in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, the most cited and largest open-access plant science journal in the world. The title of the original research article is: "Non-tenera Contamination and the Economic Impact of SHELL Genetic Testing in the Malaysian Independent Oil Palm Industry". Notably, they included the BALSA team that contributed to research for the paper as authors on the publication. Congratulations to the BALSA members who worked on the engagement: Shivam Shah, Hermangi Chaudhari, Allison Hoynes-O'Connor, and Amelia Nguyen. These members were recognized as authors for their contributions to the economic analysis of this technology on the Malaysian Independent Oil Palm Industry.
In a recent Nature News article, The BALSA Group was highlighted as a "source of inspiration" for the creation of similar non-profit consulting companies around the United States. Three senior members, Allison Hoynes-O'Connor, Amelia Nguyen, and George Schweitzer were photographed for the project and former BALSA president, Shivam Shah, was interviewed as well. "The skills learned in the consulting game - management, leadership, and teamwork - would provide value to anyone...", said Shah.
We are excited to see students and postdoctoral researchers at other institutions start consulting organizations. We have seen first-hand the benefits of assisting graduate students and post-docs in maximizing their analytical skills while providing opportunities for professional development, and wish to see these opportunities continue to propagate around the world.