PhD 101

GWE will be hosting a PhD 101 series this fall for new and returning graduate students! This is a great way to learn things about graduate school that aren’t covered in orientation.

We are in the process of planning these events – stay tuned for more details and specific dates!

Fellowships 101

This would be a good session for undergraduates to attend! Topics may include:

  • Virtual Seminar/Workshop/Panel Discussion
  • Topics to discuss are specifically tips for writing applications.

Welcome to Berkeley

Friday October 2nd 1 PM.
See the slides here.
Topics may include:

  • Finding housing, grocery stores, getting around, etc.
  • Best practices for living in the Bay Area
  • sustainable practices (composting)
  • taking AC transit
  • getting your California residency requirements established
  • All things DMV
  • Fulfilling social needs (sports clubs, music clubs, outreach/teaching clubs, art classes)

Adulting 101

Featuring speaker Sarah Sprague Gerber.
November 9th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.
You can find the slides and resources from this workshop on our Resources page.
Topics may include:

  • Signing up for your own credit card
  • Making an IRA account
  • Saving and budgeting
  • Signing up for your own bank account

Career Center Workshop

Featuring speaker Andrew Green.
Date TBA.

Advisor/Advisee Relationships

November/December. Exact day/time TBA.
Topics may include:

  • How often to meet with your advisor?
  • Do your needs change over time?
  • How did you bring up sensitive topics to your advisor?
  • How do you ask for vacation time?
  • If there are things about your lab group that you don’t like, how do you bring up those topics?
  • How do you establish allies in your lab groups?
  • What is the ombuds program?