Graduate Students’ Retreat


The Department of Biological Studies (DBS) Graduate Students’ Society (DGSS) held its fourth annual retreat on 29 September at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium in University Town.

The retreat was attended by about 80 students and aimed to inspire the graduate students to make a difference in the department by actively exchanging views and building relationships with students from other laboratories.

The retreat kicked off with an address by Head of Department, Prof YU Hao. He emphasised the importance of DGSS, highlighting its growth over the years and the importance of being a part of the “close-knit family”.

Head of DBS, Prof Yu Hao (left) and President of the DBS
Graduate Students’ Society, Karthikbabu Kannivadi Ramakanth (right) shared at the retreat


During the retreat, a focus group session was conducted for participants to discuss the key concerns faced during their candidature. This was followed by a “Year-by-Year” session which provided an advisory platform for students to benefit from the experience and perspectives of their seniors and professors on practical issues.

The programme concluded with a team-building activity which gave students the opportunity to get to know one another better and build links between different laboratories.


Graduate students got to know one another at the team-building activity


Karthikbabu KANNIVADI RAMAKANTH, President of DGSS, Year 2, said, “The retreat helped the students to be a part of our close-knit family of researchers and to discuss their concerns, share ideas and relax.”

Ian CHAN, Ph.D. Candidate, Year 4, said, “The retreat was an invaluable means for us sharing pressing concerns with the department’s faculty and administration members. It was also an enjoyable way to meet graduate students from other laboratories.”