Once the snow piles across campus thaw and we move into the spring months, graduate students at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry tend go their separate ways.
For some, the end of courses and exams are being met with a nice summer break. For others, Teaching Assistant duties slow down making way for more uninterrupted time spent in the lab.
For Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Graduate Student Council, this May marks the end of term for many representatives, and we say goodbye as they move on to the next stage of their careers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the graduate reps who worked so hard this past year and gave up much of their precious spare time to represent the students in their respective departments. Although they quietly worked in the background of your graduate school lives, this year’s reps did a phenomenal job of enhancing the student experience.
This year’s Council hosted two trivia nights at The Grad Club, including an “All Schulich” night that brought together graduate, medical and dental students from across the School.
The Council also organized the Careers in Academia workshop session at London Health Research Day 2015, which was a huge success and will hopefully become a staple at future events.
Like some of my fellow representatives, I too will be leaving the Council as of May 2015. Having been a member of the group for more than two years, I have seen the Council take on several different forms during that time.
I am very excited about the incoming student leaders of the Schulich Graduate Students Council. I want to congratulate Alex Moszczynski (Department of Neuroscience) and Jake Bedore (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology) as the new Graduate Student Council Chair and Vice Student Chair, respectively. Both Alex and Jake were integral to the events you enjoyed this year and I anticipate wonderful things coming from their term as student leaders.
I wish each of you the very best in your graduate careers here at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and beyond. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through Council and faculty events, and I look forward to seeing the impact that I know so many of you will make in your futures.
Kelly Gutpell, PhD Candidate, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Chair, Graduate Student Representatives, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry