Fall 2023 aiM Boot Camp and Student Leadership Council

November 9, 2023

New aiM trainees were welcomed in August 2023 with our orientation/ boot camp event with technical and professional development sessions. 

Some changes to the event this year included a focus on peer-to-peer teaching. Senior trainees led many of the sessions including Yingfan Wang (CS) on machine learning methods, Sam McDonald (Chemistry)  on FAIR data, Quinn Lanners (Biostatistics) and Po-An Lin (MEMS) on computing resources, and Richard Sheridan (MEMS Research Scientist) on Data management. Students served on panels about interdisciplinary research, internships, and getting involved in program-related activities. The Duke Pratt Graduate Communications and Intercultural Programs team shared a workshop on public science communications.

Collage of images for students working together on projects and group photo.

With the goal of promoting aiM community engagement and providing trainees with leadership opportunities, the aiM Student Leadership Council reconvened with some new members.  Po-An Lin (cohort 1, MEMS) and Aiden Sable (cohort 2, MEMS) returned as Co-chairs. Committees within the SLC are responsible for leading monthly All-cohort student meetings along with organizing peer-to-peer teaching sessions, guest speaker presentations, media production, K-12 outreach events, and aiM social events.

Here are the 2023 SLC Committees with students taking on leadership roles –

aiM SLC Committee



Po-An Lin & Aiden Sable

Guest Speaker

Defne Çirci

Peer-to-peer Teaching

Yen-Chun Liu

Media Production

Sam McDonald


Aiden Sable

Social Events

Po-An Lin