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 

Fall 2020 Flyer 

Upcoming dates:

The Fall 2020 Grad School Hacks offerings are below:

  • Aligning Expectations With Your Mentor:  Oct. 7: 11:00am-12:30pm PST, Register here
  • Becoming A Resilient Scientist: Oct.28: 11:00am-12:30pm PST,  Register here
  • Receiving and Responding to Feedback: Dec. 2: 11:00am-12:30pm PST, Register here

 For a description of these workshops please see the Fall 2020 Grad School Hacks Flyer


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