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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Finding Your Outlet June 23, 2016

by Sara Peffer, Fourth Year Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Getting through five or more years of graduate school has its ups and downs. Sometimes science does not cooperate, hypotheses need to be adjusted, occasionally your advisor disagrees with you, and of course – at some point you experience your candidacy exam and eventually your defense. There are also times when your data looks beautiful and consistently repeats, it supports the hypothesis, and your advisor and committee members cheer you on. This constantly tumultuous cycle can be stressful and wear you down mentally and even physically, so it’s important to balance the stresses you may encounter in the lab with hobbies, activities, friends, and a lifestyle to help maintain your sanity.

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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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