Three PhD candidates join the GRADventure team

Over winter term 2017, PhD candidates Beth Timmers, Richard (Ruiqiang) Li, and Xiao-Bo Li are working on a range of projects in the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) which support graduate professional skills.

The three candidates
As part of the University’s commitment to advancing the outstanding academic programming theme of the University of Waterloo Strategic Plan, the Graduate Studies Office (GSO) received funding to hire six graduate students to work as GRADventure specialists. The GSO hired three PhD students in the fall term and three PhD students in the winter term, thus hiring one student from each Faculty over the 2016-2017 academic year.

GRADventure specialists support the new, GSO-led graduate professional skills program (GRADventure) by working in roles that involve marketing and outreach activities, the organization and facilitation of interdisciplinary events, as well as strategic communications, research projects, and a range of other support activities. These positions are also designed to be valuable professional experiences for the students; GRADventure specialists are expected to expand their skill sets and gain work experience that will prepare them for their leadership roles post PhD.

Our GRADventure specialists bring a range of valuable skills and experiences to the role.

Beth Timmers is a PhD Candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability. Beth brings to this role experience with program management, research communication, mixed-methods research, and workshop planning and facilitation. Much of this is experience was gained in her previous role as program associate with the International Development Research Centre.

Ruiqiang (Richard) Li is a PhD Candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences. While a graduate student, Richard gained valuable skills and experiences, including experience supervising research projects, organizing events, and acting as a program coordinator for the Daqing Oilfield Training Program.

Xiao-Bo Li is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science (Bioinformatics). Xiao-bo will bring to the role the skills he gained in his previous positions as a financial planning consultant and actuarial associate, as well as the knowledge and experience he gained as president of the Computer Science Graduate Student Association in the academic year 2015/2016. 

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