GLSE Recruitment Student Group Shadowing Program

Shadowing Program

Date: Reading Week February 21-24, 2017


1.  How informative and helpful was the shadowing experience? Please rate it from 1 to 10

  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5

2.  How was the mentorship of your graduate student?

  • It was excellent. Couldn't ask for a better mentor than Zahra.
  • Really good, he answered all the questions I had and he gave me advice on choosing a career path.
  • It was one of the best mentorship experiences I've had; my mentor was helpful, explanatory and very friendly in his approach with showing me around while doing his daily work
  • My graduate student was very helpful and answered all my questions. He also explained everything that he did while doing procedures so we could follow along
  • It was excellent - she was friendly, knowledgable, eager to answer questions and show me various aspects of her work.
  • Mauricio lead me through his work very well through introducing what he was about to do and why he was doing so. Moreover, he created a very welcoming environment and was very friendly. He was also very enthusiastic in answering any questions I had and went beyond just simply answering them by relating his answers to his own experiences.
  • Excellent -- my mentor showed me very useful techniques in the research world, made a great effort to make a friendship, gave my guidance and advice about the research world, took me to their lab to gain insight of their research, and brought me to a research seminar and presentation! Overall, my mentor did an amazing job; much more than I expected to get out of the program!

3.  What would you change about the shadowing program?

  • Please tell the students how much time is going to be spent on shadowing. I thought it was 2-3 hours but it ended up being 6 hours. Every minute was worth but I think students should be mindful of it.
  • Allow shadowing undergrads to do more than strictly observe (i.e. allow the mentor to make the decision of allowing undergrads permission over what they can/can't do)
  • I would be helpful if the program was longer. Maybe over the period of a semester?
  • Just to mention a bit of the background of the lab assigned, so have an idea what that lab is interested on, and see how they apply research.
  • Perhaps not just limiting to research/graduate research - explore other professions that aren't just in a lab
  • Make it 2 day like first day we get familiar with all our mentor does and his lab next day actually give a task to mentee like recording some data or in anyway explain one task and ask mentee do it
  • Maybe instead of shadowing a student in their regular day to day schedule, organize some activities for the mentor and mentee to do together on a day-off.
  • I think it would be beneficial to suggest a guideline for the timing of the program, perhaps enlist a set number of days for shadowing that is consistent for everyone's mentors and mentees, which makes it easier for mentors to plan their schedules and provide a better guideline for mentees as well.
  • Yes, but summer would be good too because I didn't get to study as much as I would have liked as I wanted to spend as much time in the lab as possible

4.  Would you recommend it?

  • Yes I would 100% recommend it.
  • Yes totally, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

6.  What did you learn? What more would you like to learn?

  • I learned everything about western blotting and some additional experimental procedures. The whys and hows in the use of chemical reagents, WHMIS, summary of her research, and undergraduate and masters research insight was learned.
  • I learned about the types of things I should look for when picking a masters. I would like to meet primary investigations because they could tell me what they are looking for in a graduate student.
  • I learned a method in which you can study protein-protein interaction, co-IP, and saw the process first hand. But the main thing I learned is how busy, yet flexible a grad student's schedule is and the planning required each day.
  • How drugs affect the growth of hair cells and how drugs can cause proliferation or differentiation of support cells which in turn can become hair cells - since hair cells aren't regenerable after a certain stage postnatally.
  • The main things that I learned were about PCR and the data analyzing side of it as well as how to make and stain a western blot gel
  • I learned about my mentor and even few othe lab members about their research and he showed details about his research and his lab work. Also, he showed me how to record movie from live cells and how to take picture of fixed cell
  • Yes, I know more about what it is like to work in a laboratory setting and will use that in consideration of my future career goals.
  • I learned more about the general safety procedures of working in a laboratory setting and how rules are not just to ensure the worker's safety, but also the equipment/organisms they are working with. I also got to see first hand how independent laboratory research is most of the time. I think I would like to learn more about how experiments are set up (i.e. the amount of research needed and how to determine what reagents/organisms are required prior to designing the experiment)

7.  Has this given you any more insight into your career aspirations?

  • Yes, I am really interested in research and this motivated me to achieve more with UofT
  • Yes it has made me become more interested in research
  • I see myself more suited for the sciences after this amazing experience.
  • Yes it has, it has made me find research much more interesting and appealing (because it gave me a much more humanized experience with research)
  • I learned how grad schools work. Also the grad student I shadowed is in the field that I am very interested in, so I could imagine what it would be like to be in the field that I want to pursue. I liked that graduate program that my mentor was in, so I would like to learn more about the application process for that program.
  • I learned that you need a lot of patience in the lab, you also have to accept failure. This experience has really given me insight on the everyday life of a graduate student
  • Yes. Now I definitely want to go to grad school.

8.  Any additional comments?

  • Zahra was the best mentor you can ask for. She would teach then ask me to verbally instruct her to preform the experiment afterwards. There was a lot of interaction and not just a 100% one sided lecture. There was plenty of discussion. She really wanted me to learn and understand western blotting rather than just introducing it to me. I got a lot out of this experience and appreciate this program.
  • In future, please send out acceptance emails earlier (~1 month in advance).
  • Everyone in the lab was very friendly and helpful towards me, and made me feel like it was alright for me to be there
  • This program is great! Hope more students will have this chance to find their interest in research! Thank you very much!
  • Thank you very much for organizing this program and allowing me to participate. It was an excellent learning experience and I really appreciated the opportunity to shadow and learn in a practical setting.
  • I think the program went really well for being run the first time! Good job!
  • In my shadowing experience, a lot of graduate students were not present so I didn't get a chance to see other wet lab work that was done in the lab