Phd Trekkers

EP13: Student or Employee? Supervisor or Mentor? - Interview with UMass Graduate Student Union



Are graduate students employees or students? Are PIs supervisors or mentors? Join the PhD Trekkers' discussion on this delicate issue central to our career development. Topics include the graduate student-PI relationships & power dynamics; the grey area where graduate school functions both like a startup company & like a traditional higher education program, and the various underlying graduate student health issues behind this establishment. We also discuss potential solutions from both the grad student and PI perspectives along with some of the historical progresses made in this area. Furthermore, Mari interviews the graduate student union (GEO-UAW) at UMass on their recent efforts and activism towards protecting graduate student rights and benefits. To learn more about UMass graduate student union, please visit: