The New England Science Symposium (NESS), established in 2002, provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental, and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.