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GRASP

The GRAduate Student and Postdoc Forum…

… presents concerns from postgraduate students and early career research staff to the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) Strategic Committee

… facilitates interdepartmental communication amongst postgraduate students and early career researchers (via surveys, forums, events, etc.) to help the GSLS function as a whole

… consults with the Strategic Committee on matters related to academic education, scientific training, transferable skills training and careers training that are of direct relevance to postgraduate students and early career researchers

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WHAT IS GRASP?

GRASP is a GRAduate Student and Postdoc forum founded in 2011 which aims to bring researchers from various departments and backgrounds together and coordinate academic activities across all Departments, Institutes and Partner Institutions of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS).

Whether you are a member of the School of Life Sciences, Medicine, or Veterinary Medicine, you are welcome to take part in our forum.

Forum attendees act as GARSP reps (representatives of their departments) and everyone can volunteer to organise an event with GARSP; in addition, we have a more permanent Executive committee that gets elected once per academic year.

WHAT DOES GRASP DO?

We meet at least once a term at a forum where we discuss issues that GSLS researchers face and which social and academic events they want to see organised. In addition, we organise events that bring researchers from different schools and departments together.

HOW IS GRASP DIFFERENT TO OTHER STUDENT OR SENIOR SOCIETIES?

In addition to events we organise, we interact closely with the GSLS Strategic committee at which our rep shares your concerns with the University administrative members that make decisions relevant to your studies and work conditions. For instance, we advice the University on which training events are in demands, or which academic events should be supported more.

You can suggest topics for discussion at the Strategic committee meeting in person at forums; alternatively, please use the anonymous form to submit any questions or concerns about things you are facing in your department and it will be shared with the University administration.

WHAT CHANGES WE WANT TO MAKE?

We want to make GRASP more accessible, visible, and useful to researchers in GSLS. In particular, we want to provide useful online resources that would include a link to the funding database, list of relevant clubs and societies, database of academic mentors that are willing to help you, and an update on important decisions made at the Strategic committee meetings to make our interaction more transparent.

Please contact us if you have ideas on how to help us develop or if you want to get involved!

WHAT IS THE GSLS STRATEGIC COMMITTEE AND HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

The GSLS Strategic Committee is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, ensuring that the GSLS has the visibility and academic standing to be ranked amongst the very best graduate schools internationally and that the two contributing Schools (Biological Sciences and Clinical Medicine) have policies, structures, processes and resources in place to effect these aims.

The Strategic Committee is made up of senior academic staff from both Schools who represent the Departments and Partner Institutes, funding programmes and researcher developers and trainers. The President of GRASP attends to represent GSLS students and postdocs and ensure that the decisions taken by the Strategic Committee are in the best interests of graduate students. The Committee is currently chaired by Professor Fiona Gribble, Director of Graduate Education for the School of Clinical Medicine. The Committee meets once per term to discuss all matters relating to graduate education in the GSLS, including funding opportunities, training programmes and enhancing our graduate programmes.

A summary of discussions at the most recent GSLS Strategic Committee meeting can be found here.

If you have any items you'd like to raise please contact the executive committee:
grasp.cambridge@gmail.com

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HAVE YOUR SAY

You can submit thoughts, feedback and event ideas anonymously through our online form **coming soon**. 

Please spend a minute to provide a non-anonymous feedback to make GRASP events better:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-X7KNg8beUdlBbvbKA42Rbk1isC-lxsYX0XE1HrErQ1pm9Q/viewform

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CONTACT US

For further enquiries about GRASP, please contact the executive committee:

grasp.cambridge@gmail.com

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President - Nataly Martynyuk - nm560@cam.ac.uk
Secretary - Sarah Assaad - sa853@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Treasurer - Riju Balachandran - rsb59@.cam.ac.uk
Outreach coordinator - Júlia Sala Bayo - js2203@cam.ac.uk
Outreach coordinator 2 - Ethan Dutcher - egd26@cam.ac.uk
Website manager - Tom Reynolds - trr28@cam.ac.uk

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PAST EVENTS

Grasp speed networking event March 2019

1. Panel discussion - Michaelmas term 2018

A panel consisting of senior and junior postdocs, a careers office advisor, and a final year PhD student gave their opinions on the questions asked by PhD students at the start of their course accompanied by nibbles and wine reception.

2. Speed networking - Lent term 2019

GRASP brought a variety of junior researchers from masters and PhD students to postdocs together to have pizza, cake, drinks, and casual networking. Guests were advised to come up with a collaborative project or any common interest with a stranger in 5 minutes, and each guest had a chance to talk to 6 new people followed by free mingling time. By the end of the evening the room full of strangers gradually transformed into a friendly and collaborative environment, and we have been encouraged to make Speed Networking a recurrent GRASP event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tap into the leader in you - Summer 2019, details TBA