Following a presentation to their fellow cohort members, a student is receiving feedback from the communications expert that SWIMMER invited to provide a training to the Fall 2022 cohort.

Throughout the semester, the SWIMMER team hosts biweekly seminars focusing on three central themes:

  1. technical skills,
  2. career development, and
  3. community engagement.

The overall goal of these seminar themes is to provide training and development opportunities as well as connecting students’ work with real world examples and organizations. Many of these seminars are open to those outside the cohort as well, to reserve a seat please contact the SWIMMER team by email at

Spring 2023 Seminar Series

DateTime and LocationSeminar Information
Friday, Jan. 20Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Wastewater-based Epidemiology: An Emerging Tool for Public Health Surveillance and Early Warning for Disease Outbreaks
SWIMMER kicked off the Spring 2023 seminar series with Sheree Pagsuyoin speaking about her research on wastewater and its application in monitoring public health and potential disease outbreaks.
Friday, Feb. 171-2:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Microplastics in the Environment
Three esteemed panelists joined us to share their work and reflect on the social, environmental, and scientific aspects of this emerging contaminant.
Friday, March 3Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Climate Change, Water Policy, and Ethics
Nicholas Evans presentation and discussion on the ethics of climate change and water policies.
Friday, March 17Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Mystery on the Merrimack
Tsongas Industrial History Center with an active presentation and discussion on how a mystery was solved regarding the Merrimack River and the surrounding waterways in and around Lowell, Mass.
Friday, March 31Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Beyond the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
SWIMMER hosts the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) for a training on the basics of toxicology, how chemicals enter and impact the environment, how to use and understand the limitations of information on safety data sheets.
Note: This seminar will have an interactive component that requires the use of a laptop. If you would like to borrow one for this session, please email:
Friday, April 14Noon-1:30 p.m.
Pulichino Tong Business Center Room 180
Industry Speaker: Conor Carlin
Managing Director at Illig North America and President Elect of the Society of Plastics Engineers Conor Carlin will be speaking about sustainable packaging and the complexities of plastics recycling.