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Department of Gerontology Welcomes Seven Graduate Students

September 13, 2022
Pictured (left to right): Shawna Hopper, Niloofar Hedayati, Sogol HajiHosseini, Rojan Nasiri, Justyn Smith, and Esme Maki (missing: Rebecca White).

On September 12, 2022, the Department of Gerontology welcomed its incoming cohort of seven graduate students. Habib Chaudhury, Professor and Chair of the Department provided a few words of advice for the students on how to succeed in the program, and the resources available to them.

Those present included:

Nina Smart, the Gerontology Subject Librarian who gave an overview of the library resources and services that are available to all graduate students. 

Samantha Teichman, Vice-Chair of the GGC and Rachelle Patille, Secretary of the GGC introduced the Gerontology Graduate Caucus (GGC). As representatives of the department’s graduate students, Samantha and Rachelle provided the incoming cohort with information on the various social and networking events that take place each year.

Andrew Wister, Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre (GRC) touched on the work that occurs at the GRC and its ongoing research initiatives.

Anne Marie Barrett, Department Manager discussed opportunities that are available to graduate students, such as TA / RA / TM positions. 

Barbara Mitchell, Professor and Graduate Program Chair and Sasha Gill, Graduate Program Assistant provided an outline of the MA and PhD programs. In addition, Dr. Mitchell and Sasha went over the material in the Graduate Program Guide (see student resources). 

After the orientation, a reception was held for all faculty, students, and staff to attend. As this was the first in-person orientation since the pandemic, it was wonderful to see members of the department come together. We look forward to hosting more events throughout the semester!  

Pictured: Members of the department at the reception.


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