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.

Winter 2021:: Fall 2020:: Spring 2020::Winter 2020::Fall 2019

Upcoming dates: Winter 2021

  • Building Positive Mental Habits: January 13th, 5:00-6:30 PM PST:: RSVP Here
  • Maintaining Effective Communication:: February 3rd, 5:00-6:30 PM PST:: RSVP Here
  • Managing Commitments:: March 3rd, 5:00-6:30 PM PST:: RSVP Here

For a description of these workshops please see the Winter 2021 Grad School Hacks Flyer.

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