On March 27, we welcomed close to 40 prospective graduate students, one of the highest attendances seen in recent years, to the annual MoGen Graduate Information Day. Students travelled from all corners of Canada and also from the US/oversea countries to hear about what MoGen has to offer. When asked why they were interested in MoGen, the overwhelming response from the recruits focused largely on the department’s outstanding and wide range of research topics, along with the unique flexibility of the rotation system.
The day started with introductions to the department from Howard Lipshitz, Julie Claycomb and Kenneth Grise followed by a triple-feature keynote address given by Peter Roy, Alex Ensminger and Monica Justice, which provided insight spanning the different research areas of the department. After a lunch break, the Graduate Students Association kindly provided escorts to the students’ individual meetings with the faculty (no more lost recruits wandering the halls of MSB!). This year, the interest was so high that many faculty members had to meet with students two at a time! Later in the afternoon, a lively poster session was held in the SickKids’ Peter Gilgan Centre Atrium. All presenting labs clearly brought their A-game as the room was filled to the brim, however, the Zhen lab deserves a special mention for their interactive TV display of the C. elegans neuronal circuit. The day ended with the traditional dinner and drinks with faculty and graduate students at Scaddabush and Duke of Somerset.
The prospective students arrived full of energy and excitement and by the end of the day, were clearly running out of steam. However, nothing but positive feedback could be heard, especially about how welcoming all of the members were and how much the department feels like a community. In fact, one new recruit, who shall not be named, submitted his acceptance letter that very day.
Based on the success of the first Recruitment Day, we held a second! The second event took place on June 19th, when we welcomed an additional 22 students to our Department.
Clearly, the Information Days this year were a huge success. A big thanks goes to the Graduate Recruitment Committee (led by Brian Ciruna and Gary Bader) and the Graduate Students Association, particularly Kenneth Grise, for organizing the event. We look forward to welcoming many of these recruits as new graduate students next month.