Hello, hello everyone! Welcome to episode 10 of Raw Talk; that’s right friends, we’re already on our tenth episode! Continuing with this month’s theme, “Student Voices”, this installment of the podcast is called “Undergrads Ask”, where we answer some of the common questions plaguing prospective graduate students.
Having all been undergraduate students at one point in time ourselves, and struggling with these questions, we are excited to produce an episode that provides insight into the graduate experience. Tune in to hear us play a few rounds of “Kat Chats”, our favourite game on the show (see episode one for more vital information). We are also joined by Dr. Vasu Venkateswaran, a Graduate Coordinator at the IMS and Head of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). She provides us with some insider’s tips on the application process for both programs, and tells us about her role as both a Graduate Coordinator and Program Head. IMS provides an excellent support system for its students, and Dr. Venkateswaran highlights some of the resources available through the IMS office. She also shares her personal views on what makes for a successful graduate student, particularly emphasizing having the right attitude, as well as taking ownership of your project. Whether you’re an undergrad who might be interested in pursuing an MSc/PhD, a new and fresh-faced graduate student, or are just one of our trusty listeners, lend us your ears. Some of the highlights include how to go about finding a supervisor, what you can do with your degree beyond academia, and general tips on how to maintain a work-life balance.
Don’t forget to check out the IMS website (https://ims.utoronto.ca/home/) for more details if you are curious about applying to the MSc/PhD programs or to SURP.
Of course, there are always many more questions to answer; please feel free to contact us with your queries!