Program Corner

Having a Two Year Old is Like Having a Blender Without a Top: Marking BrainWaves' 2nd Birthday

AUTHOR: Ryan VanLieshout

It is hard to believe that this month's issue of BrainWaves marks the two year anniversary of our newsletter. As I look back through our past issues (which are now in the process of being archived), I remain incredibly impressed by the quality of articles written by our students and the graciousness shown by our faculty and alumni in sharing their experiences and tips. For these have not only helped students to survive in graduate school, but to thrive.

It is hard to find the words to express how proud I am of the students who put together our newsletter. They not only generate interesting and stimulating ideas for content, but work efficiently and tirelessly to meet tight deadlines. Simply put, they have done a stellar job of both informing and entertaining the members of the MiNDS community, and in so doing, illustrate why I think we have the best graduate program on campus. So, to be honest, I think that BrainWaves might just be the best behaved two year old I have had the pleasure of meeting. 

Thank you again to everyone who has supported our newsletter over the past two years. We are always open to suggestions, so if you have any requests or ideas for future columns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me ( or our editor Justin Balsor (