(a) Ensuring that lab activities do not adversely effect the well being of lab members is a critically important task and something we all take seriously and work on as a community.
(b) Undergraduate students often experience stressful times and mental health is a serious concern. Many new studies indicate that stress and mental health are also serious concerns for graduate students. In the McEwan Lab we will work to create an environment of support around mental health challenges. Respect for work-life balance is fundamental to the McEwan Lab philosophy (LINK).
(c) Working in a research lab can be fun and the quest for scientific knowledge can be truly exhilarating. Although we all experience pressure related to our lives as academics, we in the McEwan Lab seek to pursue answers to important scientific questions in a way that is mutually supportive and ultimately joyful.
(d) Students in the lab who experience challenges to their wellness are encouraged to seek out help. Many resources exist at the University of Dayton which can be found by following this LINK.
McEwan’s Mental Health Life Hack Lecture: Charybdis