Well, dear readers, we are keeping our promise of continuing to update you about everything 4RS has been up to with yet another newsletter. And as the holiday season is upon us, we want to say just how thankful we are for our members past and present and all the great things they have achieved. Here are some of the highlights from the past few months:
4RS was able to complete a large number of external engagements and a few internal engagements since the last publication of our newsletter. We would like to thank our PMs for leading a total of 7 external projects to success. Additionally, since beginning our partnership with the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), we have been able to complete four additional projects through that partnership. We are also happy to announce that due to efforts of our members we were able to compile important resources about the application cycles and corporate culture of many major consulting firms across the nation. Lastly, we would like to thank those individuals who served as PMs during the training process that is essential to ensuring the success of our new members.
Speaking of new members, the past year brought in an unprecedented number of new applicants to 4RS, and we would like to congratulate all of them who managed to successfully make it through our rounds of Bootcamp. We had 23 members successfully join our ranks in the fall of 2016 and an additional 20 members join in the spring of 2017. Many of these members have gone on to work on our projects, lead projects, and even take over leadership positions in 4RS.
Not only are our members doing great work for 4RS, they are achieving great things outside of our organization. 4RS chaired the 4th Pitt Health Innovation Case Competition this past April, the focus this time being on gene editing. Several of our members rose to the occasion and went on to take home some pretty sweet prizes on the day of the event. We would also like to recognize our members who participated on teams that placed highly within Cohort 5 of Blast Furnace and the Michael G. Wells Competition in October.
You may have noticed a lot of changes have taken place on the 4RS website over the past year. We have worked hard to respond to your input and revamp the design overall in order to make it more user-friendly both for our clients and members, while maintaining a professional aesthetic. The website now features more information about our origins, our member base, the training that we offer, and the types of services we provide. We have also made it easier to get in touch with us and receive regular updates.
Our final tidbit of news from this past year is about the partnership that we have formed with the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. The partnership provides not only a steady flow of engagements on which 4RS consultants can gain business experience, but also provides enhanced training in the form of seminars and workshops by expert PLSG staff. Thus far, this partnership has only been a success, providing us with multiple new projects and accolades from clients and PLSG executives alike. We are excited to see it continue into 2018 and beyond.