I’ve had a lot of support during my PhD, and I don’t take it for granted. Knowing how vital that has been to me, I always wanted to pay it forward and help other grad students and postdocs in the sciences make the most of their academic experiences.
In September 2014, I joined the Thriving in Science program at UC Berkeley as a peer group facilitator, moderating discussions about academic life and more among fellow STEM grad students. After seeing all the good it could do, I took my participation in the program further in May 2016, when I joined the board of directors.
Published today in The Berkeley Graduate is a piece I wrote that details the program and the needs it fills. By writing this article, I hope that not only will more academics at Berkeley be reached, but also that other departments and even other universities may set up similar programs to support their grad students and postdocs.