Welcome to episode 11 of Raw Talk. The month of March hits close to home as we introduce our latest theme, Student Engagement.
As graduate students, we often make in-class and in-lab instruction and training the focus of our learning, but sometimes forget to remind ourselves of the opportunities for development that exist in unconventional settings. These settings provide growth opportunities not only because of the skills they allow us to hone, but because they often introduce us to people who become important mentors along our path to success.
On this episode, we highlight one such individual, Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, who is the former Chair of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Toronto, as well as the Special Advisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies on graduate professional and leadership development. Dr. Reithmeier tells us about a high school science project that got him thinking creatively and how the success that ensued led him down an academic path along which he worked with and gained the wisdom of his research supervisors. In the process, he learned that doing scientific research is hard work, but should also be fun.
Dr. Reithmeier emphasizes that his journey would be incomplete without taking inventory of the numerous skills he gained along the way. That this mantra is the focus of the Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program which he helps coordinate here at the University of Toronto. Whether you’re at the end of your graduate program, or still in undergrad, this episode highlights that opportunities for professional development come in many forms.