Great Turnout for the Advisor/Advisee Breakfast!

On April 29, 2013 by Grad Forum

o_toole_mentoringThe Advisor/Advisee Coffee, Tea and Muffin Time was an exciting way to start the last day of Graduate Appreciation Week. The event was held on Friday, April 12 from 9 am to 10:30 am in Occom Commons, inside of the Goldstein Dorm in the new McLaughlin Residential Cluster.

By the end of a fun week of events in honor of graduate students, including many academic events, breakfast and some casual relaxation were welcomed. This was an excellent opportunity for graduate students to get to know their advisors a little better over coffee and breakfast. The spread included bagels, muffins, and donuts (basically every breakfast pastry you could think of!) from Lou’s Bakery, as well as coffee, orange juice, and tea. There was a large area for sitting with people from the graduate school off to the side opposite the food. The atmosphere was very casual, and every once in a while you would hear a small swell of laughter fill the room.

This event provided students the chance to talk with their advisors about things that may or may not be research related.  The dean of Graduate Studies Jon Kull observed, “The breakfast was a great opportunity for advisors and graduate students to sit down for an informal discussion about whatever was on their minds. Not to mention a lot of great food!”

metoring_tea_2The students who attended the event had positive things to say about the experience. Jeanine Amacher, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry exclaimed, “I consider myself to be in that lucky group of graduate students blessed with a mentor who treasures an ‘open door’ policy. However, even for those of us who regularly communicate with our advisors in a more informal way, the Grad Appreciation Week advisor/advisee breakfast provided a fun opportunity to share breakfast with multiple students and professors simultaneously! It was an excellent event, and nice to see it so well attended.”

In addition, students and faculty from all departments were given the chance to interact with each other. Professor of Biochemistry Dean Madden thought this was important, “The breakfast is a great chance for students and faculty to catch up, not only individually, but also across labs in different departments. Like many of the events during the week, it really helps to reinforce the strong sense of graduate community at Dartmouth.”

Another great event put together by the Grad Studies Office. A successful event for everyone that came, and hopefully we will see even more faces there next year!

by Britney Tappen



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