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Finding Mentors and Building Networks

Discussion Group/Brown Bag: Academic Careers; Teaching/Mentoring; Networking Opportunities

Oct 12, 2018

Speaker(s): Michael Krashes Veronica Alvarez
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students.

Are you early in your research career and wondering what it takes to succeed in graduate school? Are you in the midst of your graduate research and interested in maximizing your graduate training? Are you looking to find and develop relations with mentors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the “Finding Mentors and Building Networks” event may be a terrific opportunity for you to discuss with and learn from two outstanding principal investigators. Here’s what you need to know…

The next “Finding Mentors and Building Networks” event will be held on Friday, October 12 from 12-1pm in the Graduate Student Lounge (Building 10, Room 1N263), featuring Dr. Michael Krashes (NIDDK) and Dr. Veronica Alvarez (NIAAA). This event provides graduate students like yourself the opportunity to discuss strategies to develop, as well as improve, mentoring relationships. This event also provides graduate students to discuss with both Dr. Krashes and Dr. Alvarez on what makes for a successful graduate training experience, and to learn about their specific training experiences. This event is styled as a discussion group that allows graduate students to ask questions and learn in an informal, relaxed setting.

We welcome all graduate students (first-time and returning) to attend this event. Please contact Albert Sek at with any questions.

About the speakers:

Dr. Michael Krashes is the Acting Section Chief of the Section on Motivational Processes Underlying Appetite in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Krashes’s research is focused on the neural circuits controlling feeding behaviors. Dr. Michael Krashes received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 2009 and completed his postdoctoral training with at Beth Israel Deaconness.

Dr. Veronica Alvarez is the Chief of the Laboratory on Neurobiology of Compulsive Behavior in the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where her research focuses on reward-motivated circuits that are associated with compulsive drug use. Dr. Alvarez obtained her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and subsequently completed her postdoctoral training at Oregon Health Sciences University and at Harvard Medical School. In addition to mentoring numerous fellows, Dr. Alvarez is the recipient of multiple awards, including the NIH Outstanding Mentor Awards in 2016 and 2018.