Thriving in Science Peer Support Groups Published: August 31, 2017 By: Andy Sohn Thriving in Science is a professional development program offered for the science and engineering communities at UC Berkeley. The goal of this program is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with the resources and support to make the most of their academic training. A key component of the program is to build a community network for peer support groups. These groups meet one to two times a month for one to one-and-a-half hours, and provide students and postdocs with a confidential setting to discuss the challenges they are facing in their training and solicit the perspectives of peers from outside their day-to-day professional circles. Data collected from participants in peer groups have shown that these groups can improve your motivation, personal wellness, and overall satisfaction with your training. These metrics have been shown to correlate with improvements in professional training and achievement of long-term career goals. Most of the registrations are made early in the fall semester. You may register at any time, but please be aware that it may take longer to match you with a group during other times of the year. Visit the Thriving in Science website for more information about the program, and to register.