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" 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.

Fall 2019 Flyer

Winter 2020 Flyer

Spring 2020 Flyer 

Upcoming dates:

The Spring 2020 Grad School Hacks offerings have been put on hold until campus activities resume back to normal. Pleae cbeck back for updated dates. 

  • Fostering Your Self-Efficacy 
  • Choosing a Dissertation Advisor for Bioscience Students
  • Fostering Your Research Independence
  • Managing Microaggressions & Stereotype Threat 

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Diana Azurdia, PhD 
Director for Recruitment and Inclusion, Graduate Programs in Bioscience
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