GMS 6003/First Year Mentoring Group Information


The first year mentoring groups were created to support our first year students as they transition into graduate school. Within the Biomedical Sciences Program, the groups offer students with a “home base” until choosing a research mentor. The small groups are comprised of a graduate faculty member and one to two advanced graduate students. Each mentoring group will discuss a wide range of topics, including graduate school expectations, laboratory rotation selections, preparing for core course exams, and preparing for rotation practice talks. Students are encouraged to actively participate in group discussion and to feel comfortable asking questions and providing feedback. There is a schedule of weekly topics that will be provided to the group. The outline each week is prepared by an advanced student leader.

The groups will meet on Thursdays from 11:00-12:00 via ZOOM during the fall 2020 semester.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Date/Time/Place Topic Lead Presenter
Thursday 27 August/ 11-12 Introduction, COVID-19, classes, labs,  and resources mentoring group
Thursday 3 September/ 11-12 Selecting a Mentor & Dissertation Project/ Coursework and committee selection mentoring group
Thursday 10 September/ 11-12 Life in the Lab & Bumps in the Road mentoring group
Thursday 17  September/ 11-12 Survival Skills For Grad School Dede/Gorske/mentoring group (breakout)
Thursday 24 September Rotation Expectations-write-up Mentoring group
Thursday 1 October/ 11-12 Oral Presentation Skills Dietmar Siemann/mentoring group (breakout)
Thursday 8 October/ 11-12 Effective Mentor/Mentee Communication Mentoring group
Thursday  15  October/11-1 Rotation talk practice Mentoring group
Thursday 22 October/ 11-12 Professionalism Mentoring group
Thursday 29  October/ 11-12 Diversity & Inclusion Joe Abisambra/mentoring groups (breakout)
Thursday 5 November 11-12 Life After Grad School-Post Docs & Beyond (career planning) Talline Martins/ Career Development Chairs (Tanaka, Gupte)
Thursday 12 November/ 11-12 Networking to Maximize your Potential Mentoring group
Thursday 19 November 11-12 Attending Scientific meetings Mentoring group
Thursday 26 November No Class – Thanksgiving Holiday No Class – Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday 3 December/ 11-12 The Professional Wellness Journey Lisa Merlo/mentoring group (breakout)
Thursday 10 December/ 11-1 Rotation talk practice Mentoring group

Disclaimer: The images on these page were taken prior to the national guidelines of face coverings and social distancing.