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Svetlana Dotsenko
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Founder of ProjectLever, which helps students connect to faculty members at universities. Svetlana is passionate about public health, health innovation, and research, having worked with Partners in Health, World Health Organization, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, and Harvard University in the past. She has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old. Russian-born, Bostonian for now, Berliner in in heart.

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Some Like It Hot (and Some Iced): Tips on Start-Up Mentorship and Success From Recon Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 6:57 PM

I met with Nikhil Bhojwani and Alexander Brown, partners at Recon Strategy, a Boston-based consulting company that specializes on healthcare. At Recon, Mr. Bhojwani and Mr. Brown work with both large healthcare companies on traditional management consulting projects, as well as smaller start-up initiatives, helping their businesses grow. What, in...

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Just Ask!

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:10 PM


Co-authored with Patrick Ghadban.

"Just Ask."

I must admit, this sunshine-and-serendipity advice sounds more fitting from my friend who is an aspiring astrologist, than from a presumably cold-hearted data-driven engineering professor at one of the U.S.'s most prestigious educational institutions.

Yet, apparently...

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Everyone Has a Cool Research Project. How Do I Get One?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Co-written with Alicia Czarnecki.

Last time, we talked about amazing projects completed by undergraduate students. You probably know these #ResearchStars on your campus, too - they publish papers; start nonprofits; spend their summers in Spain doing research, and get interviewed by Huffington Post. Sounds great, good for...

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Starting the Year? Here Is Why You Need to Find a Mentor TODAY

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Co-authored with Jessica Barzilay and Alicia Czarnecki.


When Ridwan Alam just started working in a lab as a freshman at Wayne State University in Michigan, he did primarily mechanical work, but by the sophomore year, his research became more sophisticated and demanding....

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"Think How You Are Adding Value": David Williams Interview

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:11 AM

"Back when I started blogging in 2005, what most people knew about bloggers was that they usually got fired when the boss discovered what they were doing," said David E. Williams, the founder of Health Business Blog, now the flourishing online outlet for enlightened conversation on healthcare business...

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MOOCs: Can They Produce the Next Einstein?

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Growing proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is having a profound (if not fully understood) effect on education. MOOCs, compared to traditional classrooms, have impressively high enrollment, introduce more diversity into student population, and show better learning outcomes among students. MOOCs are arguably...

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Why (and How) We Chose the Home Base for Our Startup

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:34 PM


Long gone are the days of Steve Jobs's hacking away in his garage. Founders of today face a myriad of choices for their "home base." Accelerators are doubling annually; co-working spaces saw an 83 percent increase compared to last year,...

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3 Steps to Starting a Great Research Project

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Trained as a sociologist, Alejandra Carles-Tolra studied Boston-area ROTC students. To share her findings, she embraced photography, rather than writing a 500-page sociological thesis. She thought that the language of photography allowed her to express her sociological findings better than traditional academic writing. Her efforts culminated in a gorgeous art...

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