Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers should push to build peer networks: Opinion

October 14, 2021
Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers should take advantage of opportunities to build a peer network, write Shoba Subramanian, Maggie Gardner, and Beth Bodiya. Subramanian, Gardner, and Bodiya argue that peer networks can be developed in a variety of different situations, including in the classroom, between colleagues and research group members, and within peer mentorship programs. The authors explain that virtual networks, professional societies and national organizations, and affinity groups can also be excellent ways to make peer connections. The authors say that peer-cohort training models are becoming a growing trend because they normalize shared experiences, foster ideas, and provide a space for individuals from marginalized communities to push for equity. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)