Do you feel like you need some extra support with all the challenges we're facing this term? Are you striving to find some balance between staying productive in your research, teaching online, being present for your friends and family, and finding some space to de-stress?
Wouldn't it be nice if you could talk to someone about it who understands? Well guess what -- you can! Log onto Zoom and talk to some of our friendly graduate student staff members.
Topics of conversation include:
- troubleshooting online teaching issues
- navigating your professional relationships remotely
- support with switching advisors and/or committee members
- learning about campus resources available to you despite the closure
Our team is composed of current graduate students with a range of expertise in mentoring, teaching strategies, professionalization, and much more. Please note that students may make a maximum of two Grad-to-Grad appointments per week. The link to join your Zoom appointment can be found in the bio of the grad student you're meeting with when you make your appointment.
JESSICA: Mentoring, Conferencing, Organization & Time Management, STEM
Jessica Tingle is a sixth year PhD candidate in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and the STEM Coordinator of the Graduate Student Mentorship Program. Her dissertation focuses on the biomechanics and evolution of sidewinding snakes. When she's not sciencing, Jessica loves eating, cooking (but not baking), hiking, and listening to music. Her Fall 2020 office hours are Thursdays 1-2pm.
ANTARA: Teaching/TAing, International Students, Presentations and Public Speaking, STEM
Antara Chakravarty is a PhD student in Plant Pathology researching plant-based vaccines. She's a former Grad Slam Finalist and Teaching Assistant Development Program Lead Consultant. Her Fall 2020 office hours are Mondays 11am-12pm.
KRISTOFFER: Campus Resources, Work/Life Balance, Networking, International Students, Humanities
Kristoffer S. Ekroll is a third year PhD student in English and the Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant. He works on representation and navigation of architecture and space in Gothic and horror; oftentimes with a queer lens. Kristoffer (or Kris) came to the US from Norway and enjoys hiking, cooking, baking, and photographing odd things. His Fall 2020 office hours are Tuesdays 10-11am.
- KYLA: Teaching/TAing, Mentoring, Navigating Professional Relationships, Social Sciences
- SONGLING: International Students, Mentoring, Work/Life Balance, Humanities and Social Sciences
- SARAH: Teaching/TAing, Presenting and Public Speaking, Social Sciences
MAGNOLIA: Special Topics Peer Mentor in Mental Health and Wellness
Magnolia Yang Sao Yia is a PhD student in Critical Dance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Southeast Asian Studies. She serves as a special topics peer mentor in GradSuccess focusing on graduate student mental health and wellness. Her Fall 2020 office hours are Wednesdays 2-4pm.
JAMIELA: Special Topics Peer Mentor in Communication and Early Career Development
Jamiela Kokash is a 5th year PhD student in Neuroscience. She serves as a special topics peer mentor in GradSuccess focusing on professional communication and early career development. Her Fall 2020 office hours are Tuesdays 2-4pm.
TERESA & ERIC: Technical Support for Online Teaching
XCITE TA Liaisons Teresa Neal and Eric Johns will be available to help during these unusual times and offer suggestions that are specifically targeted for TAs. Bring any questions or concerns related to iLearn, YuJa video production, Gradescope, Canvas, and best practices for TA's. Their Fall 2020 office hours are Tuesdays 3-4pm. Sign up here!