Beginning in 2015, GPB began a series of Fall Quarter workshops to facilitate the transition of incoming students to graduate school. The series “Grad School Hacks” provides a 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.

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Upcoming dates: Fall 2021 

  • Finding a Compatible Research Advisor and Lab: Sept. 30th, 2021: 4:00-5:30 PM PST: RSVP Here
  • Aligning Expectations with Your Mentor: Oct. 14, 2021:            4:00-5:30 PM PST: RSVP Here
  • Building Your Resilience: TBD:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, this offering will be rescheduled for a later date/time in Winter Quarter 2022. Apologies for the inconvenience.


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