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CPIN Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The CPIN Undergraduate Mentorship Program is an initiative that provides senior undergraduate students who are keen on applying to graduate programs in neuroscience the opportunity to learn about the application process, receive advice on funding opportunities and support from their graduate student peers. The program runs from September 2019 – April 2020, and will include workshops in writing personal statements, preparing a CV, scholarship applications, interview skills, and more. 

Past events:

Graduate Student Q&A Panel (see poster)
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: MSB 3227-3231
Description: Graduate students/postdocs field questions from an undergraduate audience on a wide variety of topics such as graduate school applications, research opportunities, courses, and life in graduate school.

Event Report: On Tuesday, October 22, the CPIN Undergraduate Mentorship Program hosted its first event of the year, the Graduate Student Q&A Panel. It was held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Medical Sciences Building, Room 3227.

The Event featured a Graduate student panel that fielded numerous Grad school-related questions from an undergraduate audience. Questions covered the Grad school application process, life as a research student, selecting a PI, scholarship applications, interview prep, and more! Five CPIN students served as panelists:  Marija Zivcevska, Catharine Mielnik , Azin Esmaelbeigi, Sarah Ahmed, and Nadia Zafar. Following the panel, there was a Networking and Mixing event with pizza and refreshments served. The undergraduates had the opportunity to interact informally with the panelists and the CPIN Director, Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng. CPIN Mentorship Executive members Aeen Amini, Anna Vasilevskaya, and Raymond Wong were present to help coordinate the evening. The event was a great start to the Mentorship Program for the 2019/2020 year!

There was an important by-product to the evening’s success and its preparations. The event was heavily publicized by the Mentorship Executive via numerous posters around the U of T campus, Facebook posts, Twitter, and twice on the undergraduate department listservs. In addition to registering for the Panel, many undergraduates simultaneously registered as mentees for the program. Mentees receive a CPIN Graduate student mentor that provides advice throughout the Graduate application process. Given their interest in neuroscience, a number of these undergraduates may serve as CPIN students and executives in the future. As October 22 approached, more and more undergraduates registered as mentees. The process of matching mentees has been completed, and the Executive is really looking forward to the next workshop! 
(Event report by Aeen Amini)