The Graduate Student Education Committee seeks to raise the level of awareness of graduate education at the Medical School with the goal of contributing to the long range development of the student and ultimately, the early career researcher. In conjunction with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Committee fosters and encourages the creation of educational opportunities and the strengthening of social networks.

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It Takes a Village April 19, 2016

by Christopher Evans, Third Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Graduate school education is unlike any other step in a student’s academic career. From early childhood until the end of their undergraduate education, learning generally means listening to lectures, doing assignments, and taking tests. During most of graduate school, none of this actually happens! That can sometimes make explaining how graduate school works a little difficult to people that haven’t experienced it. So I thought I would take this opportunity to discuss all the different people that contribute to a graduate student’s education.

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Academia’s Inferno April 4, 2016

by Kimiya Memarzadeh, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroscience Graduate Program

In high school I read a book called Inferno by Dante Alighieri. You may or may not have read it, but this is what happens: Dante is taken through hell, which is depicted as nine circles of suffering, just to end up back on Earth at the end. In a more light and slightly comical take on this famous poem, I want to take you through the nine circles of suffering every graduate student experiences on their journey to defending their thesis. I’m sure there are far more than nine forms of struggle that graduate students go through, but for the purpose of the analogy, we will stick with nine.

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