Grad School Hacks

Beginning in 2015, GPB began a series of Fall Quarter workshops to facilitate transition of incoming students to graduate school. The series "Grad School Hacks (previously “Maximizing Success in the First Year”) provides discussion of strategies for effective integration into a Ph.D. program (including lab and department) and offers a forum for students to share experiences with peers and build community. The series is facilitated by Dr. Azurdia, who leads student centered learning where participants consider a range of topics on academic culture and challenges. Additionally, it offers GPB an opportunity to assess the needs of its students in real-time to allow for intervention should a student experience difficulties in their first quarter. Some of the participants last fall commented that the workshops (especially “Imposter Syndrome”) helped by showing them that they were not alone in struggling with acclimation.

Upcoming dates and topics

Oct. 17 - Managing Commitments
Oct. 24 - Finding a Rotation Advisor
Nov. 7 - Managing Conflict
Nov. 14 - Work Life Balance
Dec. 5 - Developing a Mentoring Support Network

Syllabus with full descriptions and times

Facilitator

Diana Azurdia, PhD 
Associate Director for Recruitment and Inclusion, Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Dazurdia@mednet.ucla.edu
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