July 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Lessons from My First Year in Graduate School

By Crystal Mendoza

I would like to thank my fellow Diversity Blog editors for their helpful advice and input for this blog post.

As summer begins, my first year of graduate school comes to an end. The fact that my first year of graduate school has come to a close brings mixed feelings. I have come a bit further than I was at this same time last year, and thankfully, have learned a few things. In honor of the incoming graduate school class, I have decided to dedicate this post to them to hopefully offer some helpful advice on first-year experiences.

The most important aspect of a PhD is the mentor and lab in which you will be conducting your thesis work. It’s easy to get [...]

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June 29th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Why aren’t more white males a part of the Lean In discussion at Mayo Clinic?

By Andrew M. Harrsion

By Rielyn R. Campbell

I think Jackson Katz said it best in his Ted talk from November 2012, “A lot of men hear the term “women’s issues” and we tend to tune it out, and we think, “Hey, I’m a guy. That’s for girls.” Or “That’s for the women.” And “a lot of men literally don’t get beyond the first sentence as a result.” I hope if you are a man reading this, you get past the first sentence.

On June 19, 2014, I attended the Lean In session (link through Mayo Clinic intranet only), hosted by Mayo Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and several Mayo Employee Resource Groups (MERGs). After opening remarks from Dr. [...]

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June 5th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

DREAMing a Career in Science (Undocumented Students’ Pursuit of Science Careers)

By Clara Castillejobecerra

On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides deportation relief for a period of two years to qualified undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. While deferred action does not confer lawful status in the United States, it is a renewable program that can provide employment authorization to DACA recipients. Since its announcement, more than half a million youth have applied to deferred action becoming a successful first step into a more permanent immigration reform.

Modified from Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) - the case for undocumented students in higher education http://www.e4fc.org/images/E4FC_TheCase.pdf

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May 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

This is your mind on grad school: The state of graduate student mental health at UC Berkeley

By Carl Gustafson

Editor’s note: This article was first published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Berkeley Science Review. It has been re-posted to the Mayo Clinic Diversity in Education blog with the direct, written consent of the original authors. You may view the original article here.

This is your mind on grad school

Featured image: In a 2012 survey of UC Berkeley graduate students, nearly half of respondents reported frequently feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, sad, hopeless, or depressed. credit: concept: Holly Williams; design: tagxedo.com; source for words: csf/asuc/ga 2012 graduate student survey and uhs.berkeley.edu


This is your mind on grad school: The state of graduate student mental health at UC [...]

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May 22nd, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Finding a science Profession, or What do I want to be when I grow up?

By Andrew M. Harrsion

By Stephen C. Ekker, PhD

High angst for a PhD student in life sciences today. From the mea culpaRescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws’ in published in PNAS by Drs. Alberts, Kirschner, Tilghman, and Varmus, to the high uncertainty of public funding of science, it is understandable – and very appropriate – for young scientists to be concerned about their future.

Chen, Ekker, and Davis

Dr. Ekker with Drs. Eleanor Chen and Ann Davidson, both former grad students in the Ekker lab and both pursuing their own science adventures (one in the US, one now in Canada).

Although all of the current [...]

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May 19th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Perception vs. Reality: The LGBTI Struggle and Experience

By Carl Gustafson

By Carl T. Gustafson and Andrew M. Harrison

Last Tuesday, the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine’s Office for Diversity held its third Discussions in Diversity event. The four panelists were Ann M. Farrell (Mayo Clinic Librarian and Secretary of Mayo Clinic’s LGBTI Employee Resource Group), Joseph D. Gallego (student, Mayo Medical School), Dr. Stacy A. Rizza (Director of Mayo Clinic’s HIV clinic and Associate Dean of the Mayo School of Health Sciences), and Dr. Alisa I. Walz-Flannigan, Ingrid (Assistant Professor of Medical Physics). This event was moderated by Dr. John M. Knudsen (Consultant in Radiology and Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Office of Health Equities and Inclusion). The first of these events was held last summer, spanned the topics of race and ethnicity [...]

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May 8th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Completing your Ph.D. Thesis

By Danielle Miranda

Time vanishes so quickly! While you’re busy with experiments, reading journal articles, and preparing for presentations, the home stretch reaches you before you know it. Now it is time to write your thesis and defend your dissertation. We have advice and perspectives from Mayo Graduate School (MGS) graduates and faculty to give insight into preparing for your defense.

Karen Hedin Ph.D.Karen Hedin

Program Director for Immunology

Associate Professor of Immunology, College of Medicine

Instructor in Pharmacology, College of Medicine






As a professor, what recommendations or advice do you have for graduate students writing [...]

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April 25th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A simple story in science

By Carl Gustafson

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.” –Dwight Eisenhower

I recently got my passport, and the above quote is inscribed on pages 7 and 8. I read it and immediately translated it to “Whatever the Ph.D. student hopes to bring to pass in the Ph.D. must first come to pass in the heart of the Ph.D student.” That interpretation may be stretching the bounds of my “artistic license”, but hey, it’s inspirational. The list of things I would like to bring to pass in my Ph.D. is fairly short; after “make a world-changing discovery”, “publish”, and “graduate” there isn’t much left and everything else listed is fairly optional. [...]

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