A New Journey Begins for Graduate Students
Newly admitted Masters and PhD students at the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) have been welcomed. This is also the fourth cohort of graduate intake for the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). An orientation and interactive session was organized for all new students where they had the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and current students.
The Head of Department for Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB), Dr Lydia Mosi, congratulated all 37 students who received admission from a pool of about 200 applicants. She described her own experience as a graduate student and emphasized that the sustenance of the department depends on student’s commitment and handwork. She told students to take their training programme as a rare privilege in a conducive environment to add value to themselves.
Prof Gordon Awandare, the Director of WACCBIP also shared a welcoming address. He was happy to share WACCBIP’s role in fueling and funding research endeavors of all students. He added that WACCBIP has the most diverse and collaborative setting for young scientists to develop, thus they should utilize these opportunities. He encouraged them to use their WACCBIP experience to contribute to scientific discussions of global impact. He also formally welcomed the second batch of WACCBIP PhD fellows, under the Wellcome Trust Developing Excellence in Leadership Training, and Science (DELTAS) Africa initiative.
The Head of Training and Research of WACCBIP, Dr. Patrick Kobina Arthur, also added that students will be introduced to resources and workshops that will improve their skills in time management, collaborative projects, presentations, academic support and writing. He further encouraged them to tour the different laboratories to learn new techniques and consult with faculty to get perspective on their research.
Dr. Theresa Manful Gwira, the Coordinator for Graduate Admissions and Examinations, also briefed the new students on the academic calendar. She informed them that, the academic system, which is operated by the university, is challenging and required consistent work, regular attendance to lectures and seminars. She was optimistic the academic year will be exciting and productive.
Overall, eleven (11) PhD and twenty-six (26) MPhil students have been admitted for the 2017/18 academic year from various African countries including Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Kenya, Benin and Ghana.