Creating Graduate Student Leaders and Mentors through Vertically Integrated Collaboration

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 1:30 PM
Stevens C-1 (Hilton Chicago)
Ashton Merck, Duke University
I will offer a brief overview of the opportunities available at Duke, with a focus on “vertically integrated” collaborative and interdisciplinary teams. I have found that most effective collaborations in higher education involve some form of what we might call “vertical integration,” or collaboration across academic levels (graduate students, faculty, undergraduates). In my experience, these collaborations have given me valuable experience in navigating a variety of professional environments, and have prepared me to take on leadership and mentoring roles both inside and outside the academy.
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