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Student to Student Discussion for New International Students

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in an online discussion with current international students and a representative from the U-M International Center to discuss information and resources for new international students. The panel was facilitated by my colleague Paula Wishart (thanks, Paula!). We covered a lot of information in the hour and a half discussion. Summarized below are some of the topics we talked about, along with some links to resources that may be helpful to you. I’d like to say “thank you” to the following students and staff for sharing their experiences and getting my week started off on a very positive note!

Day in the Life of a Neuroscience Graduate Student (and New Dad)

Hello my name is Chris Valdez. I am a 4th year Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate here at the University of Michigan. My hometown is San Antonio, Texas and I am very happy to have moved up here to be part of this excellent university. At first the move was difficult for my wife and I but as you read my blog, you will see we made a happy little family here in Ann Arbor. First-things-first, the research! Currently my thesis work focuses on adult neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity. Essentially, I am interested how newborn cells are regulated in the adult brain. This is an interesting field of neuroscience because the role of these newborn cells in the adult brain has not fully been characterized.

10 Tips for Incoming Graduate Students

The undergraduate student I mentored for the last 1.5 years just graduated this past spring and is going on to begin graduate school this fall. He asked me what are some tips for things he should know before entering graduate school…probably not realizing exactly how loaded of a question that was. I got the same question from the undergraduate student I’ve been mentoring this summer, so I thought I’d list a few of the things that came to mind. A lot of it I think is based on the science-related graduate school experience, and it may be different in other fields of study.

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