Ahahaha, my plan to put together a panel of grad students to give advice to interested undergrads on what grad school is like and how to apply is succeeding! I’ve totally got the go-ahead to set something up. Now I just have to recruit panelists.
(I’ll actually be doing two panels, because one organization wants to do one in the spring and one wants to do it in the fall. I’m excited.)
The one for the fall is going to be with the local Association of Women in Science chapter, so I’m planning to try to recruit ladies only for this one. But I’m trying to figure out whether I can get away with asking people I actually know (which mostly boils down to other first-years in my cohort and one first-year in a different biology program). So a question to my followers:
Do you think a panel comprised of a bioinformaticist, an evolution/behavior person, a virologist or neuroscientist/geneticist, and one or two other people (depending on who is interested in turning up) is diverse enough, or should I try to recruit from other departments in the next couple of weeks? Bear in mind that guessing from my undergrad’s chapter of AWIS, my audience is probably pretty heavily pre-med, and I have a maximum of about three weeks to find people.