The Portuguese-American Post-graduate Society is an independent, non-profit organization, with no political affiliations. Its objectives are to stimulate the development of strong relationships between the Portuguese postgraduate community living in North America and the American society while, simultaneously, promoting their home country. Welcome!
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Boston Regional Chapter
Email  boston@papsonline.org
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Angela Crespo

Chapter Co-Leader

Ângela Crespo

Harvard University






I am a PhD student from the PhD program in Experimental Biology and Biomedicine of University of Coimbra, currently doing research at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. The focus of my work is the regulation of the human immune system during pregnancy. I was born and raised in Lisbon, where I obtained my Bachelor's and Masters' degree in Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. During my masters, I worked at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, trying to find a link between Alzheimer's disease and iron metabolism. It was a hot topic, but for my PhD I decided to pursue a different question that had been fascinating me since my undergrad - how does a mother's immune system tolerate a semi-foreign fetus, instead of rejecting it like a mismatched transplant? This paradox brought me to Boston 2 years ago, where I found a fantastic and stimulating environment not just for science, but also for social and personal improvement. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking (mainly baking), reading and socializing, and my greatest passion is dance - you'll find me dancing salsa, bachata and cha cha cha in the various salsa venues of Boston until I can't stand up anymore.


Patricia Julio

Chapter Co-Leader

Patrícia Amaro Júlio







Contradicting the strong trend present on Boston’s PAPS members, my professional background is not related to research or science.

I was born and grown in Lisbon, the same city where in January 2010 I concluded my Master’s degree in Architecture at the University Lusíada. This was followed by an internship to become a register professional at the Portuguese Board of Architects and the first steps as an architect. It was then, in late 2012 that came an opportunity I couldn´t refuse: to move to Boston and try my chances here.

Although it hasn’t been a smooth ride, this wonderful city and the people I was lucky enough to meet here have made this a much more pleasant journey.


For more information regarding our Boston chapter, please consult our Welcome Package.

Recent Activities:
PAPS & Madrid-MIT Networking Event - One evening / Two global centers
on Tuesday, 01/04/2014 —

Dear all,

PAPS and the Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium will be hosting a joint Networking Event:  "One evening / Two global centers: Exploring the New England–Iberian connection", taking place in the MIT Media Lab, Silverman Skyline - E14-648 on Monday, April 14th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. 

Come and join us in this exciting evening where you can share experiences, discuss opportunities and strengthen your network. 

Admission is free! Don't forget to register on Eventbrite @ bit.ly/iberianX 

We hope to see you there! 

PAPS Boston - "Back to School" dinner
on Thursday, 10/10/2013 —

This past Friday, October 4, PAPS Boston organized a dinner in order to welcome all new and current members to a new school year!

Dinner took place at the already well-known Faialense Sport Club and was attended by about 50 people between PAPS members and their friends. With good homemade food - the “Bacalhau à Braz” was particularly good - and plenty of great conversation, the evening ended with a few members in a fun and competitive foosball match.

After the success of this gathering we can’t wait to do it again. Preparations for a new meeting are already underway... stay tuned!


[PT] Na passada sexta-feira, 4 de outubro, a PAPS Boston organizou um jantar com o intuito de dar as boas vindas a todos os novos e já habituais membros em mais um novo ano letivo!

O jantar decorreu no já bem conhecido Faialense Sport Club e, entre membros da PAPS e seus amigos, contou com a presença de cerca de 50 pessoas. Com boa comida caseira - o "Bacalhau à Braz" estava particularmente bom - e bastante conversa agradável, a noite terminou com alguns membros num divertido e competitivo jogo de matraquilhos.

Depois do sucesso deste encontro, mal podemos esperar para repetir. Os preparativos para uma nova reunião estão já em andamento... Fiquem atentos!


Patrícia Amaro Júlio

PAPS at the 8th Annual Whaleboat Regatta on the Charles River - Boston Portuguese Festival
on Tuesday, 04/06/2013 —

May and June are rich in Portuguese events in Boston! The Boston Portuguese Festival takes place every year and celebrates the Portuguese Community in Massachusetts. Among other events, we had the XIV PAPS Forum on May 11th (you can read more about it in the next newsletter), we'll have the Day of Portugal Parade on June 23rd and the 8th Annual Whaleboat Regatta on the Charles River last Sunday, June 2nd. To learn more about the BPF, visit http://www.bostonportuguesefestival.org/.

PAPS was represented in the Regatta by 2 teams formed by the newly arrived students of the Lisbon MBA (a program organized in partnership with Universidade Católica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and MIT) and also by 2 Boston PAPS members, Joana Caiado and Joana Soares, who integrated a MIT team. It was a great event that gathered not only the Portuguese community but also American participants! You can find more photos of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151455610043016.1073741835.299520043015&type=1

We are looking forward to the next events and we hope to see many PAPS members there!


Photo by Rodney Soares


BBQ at Casa do Benfica - Fundraiser for XIV PAPS Forum! DATE CHANGE - May 5th
on Friday, 26/04/2013 —

The Forum is coming up and we need as much funding as we can to put together a great event!

PAPS Boston, in collaboration with Casa do Benfica da Nova Inglaterra, is hosting a Barbecue! There will be great Portuguese grilled meat and Sardinhada! 

 Where: Casa do Benfica da Nova Inglaterra (178 Elm St, Cambridge)

When: Next Sunday, May 5th, at 12:00PM (the date changed from Saturday!)

Price: $10

Part of the profit of this event will be donated as sponsorship for the XIV PAPS Forum.

Come support PAPS, while having a great time and great food!

Hope to see you there!

The XIV PAPS Forum Team


Concerto da Ana Moura em Boston
on Tuesday, 19/03/2013 —

No sábado passado, dia 16 de Março, a artista Portuguesa Ana Moura deu um concerto em Boston, integrado na sua tour internacional. O espectáculo teve lugar no Berklee Performance Center e contou com a sala cheia e a presença de muitos emigrantes Portugueses. Entre eles, estiveram alguns membros da PAPS de Boston que se reuniram no final do concerto para a sessão de autógrafos e fotos com a artista. Foi uma noite de boa disposição, com música de qualidade, bom entretenimento Português e um bocadinho de saudade à mistura. Aqui fica a foto de grupos que tirámos com a Ana Moura.