Message from Dr. Cory Searcy, Vice-Provost and Dean
As we have seen this year, change continues to be the new normal. Fortunately, YSGS has embraced our dynamic environment with aplomb and optimism to serve our graduate community.
We began the academic year working apart but together, launching two new programs: the Media and Design Innovation PhD and Scriptwriting and Story Design MFA. Now, we are working to develop more, including the Master of Project Management in the Built Environment and Occupational and Public Health MSc.
Meanwhile, we continued providing graduate students with online offerings such as the Graduate Leadership Institute’s Learning to Lead workshop series, the GRADTalks interactive speaker series, GRAD Breather mindfulness sessions, the GRADFlix digital narrative competition and GRAD Contests for students to share their experiences and creativity.
As the pandemic situation evolved, YSGS reopened our offices in March and have since maintained a steady in-person presence in addition to online service. Our transition back to campus culminated with the return of the highly anticipated 3MT® Competition, in which Molecular Science MSc student Vanessa Ruscetta won top prize for her engaging live presentation on an innovative form of cancer therapeutics.
It has been exciting and refreshing to reconnect on campus as a community and see so many familiar and enthusiastic faces. Based on the past two years, I am confident that we will keep adapting, learning and growing together in the spirit of collaboration as we navigate our way forward.