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Voices and Experiences from the Open Graduate Program

HEAR WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY


SUSAN
HERRINGER
 

Ph.D. Program: Engineering (Materials Science)
Secondary Master’s: Archaeology and the Ancient World

IOANA BOGDANA JUCAN

Ph.D. Program: Theatre and Performing Arts (TAPS)
Secondary Master’s: Philosophy

SETH
THORN

Ph.D. Program: German Studies
Secondary Master’s: Computer Music and Multimedia

DIANA
DUKHANOVA

Ph.D. Program: Slavic Studies
Secondary Master’s:
Religious Studies

JIE
REN

Ph.D. Program: Cognitive Science
Secondary Master’s:
Biostatistics

The program includes regular meetings with program peers and deans. What do you take away from the gatherings? I find my program peers to be an extended support network. Balancing time and commitments between two departments has its difficulties, but being able to share our experiences with each other has been helpful. The gatherings have offered me new perspectives on conducting research across different disciplines. I have found it useful and inspiring to learn about the approaches other students in the program are employing in their projects, some of the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are pursuing. Each meeting involves stretching one's ears to the discourses of other, unfamiliar disciplines.  One is often forced to reflect on the premises, which are taken for granted within the usual disciplinary confines, with the unanticipated result that one begins to see the blind spots. The events I’ve attended have always been incredibly positive. In one session I presented my work in progress and received some very interesting and useful feedback. The deans are very supportive of us. They listen to our challenges, share our achievements and help us with all kinds of issues. It is great to know them personally, because they are all awesome people.

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