Prameet Sheth

Assistant Professor


Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

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Dr. Prameet M. Sheth is a charismatic Champion for Mental Health. He has turned around my graduate school experience. I feel that he has my best interest in mind and he provides critical feedback humorously. His feedback always comes from a place of care, as he genuinely wants his trainees to be the best scientists they can be. Dr. Sheth profoundly cares about his students, from hanging out in his lab, he pops by frequently and chats with his graduate students. Most conversations are filled with laughter, jokes and poking fun at one another. From talking with his students, he supports their career goals and cares about them as people. Many of my peers have him as a committee member and they seek him out frequently for questions and microbiology resources - they express appreciation for his approachability. Like many professors and clinical scientists, Dr. Sheth is very busy; however, he makes time for his (and other researcher's) trainees and students, supports their goals, and cares about them as a people.

Anonymous Student

Mental Health is and has always been a major public health issue and it's so important that it is being recognized more now, and practices and processes are being put in place to support people. Mental Health to me is wellness in all areas of an individual's life. 

The core of my support for student mental health comes from my belief that it is very difficult for anyone to learn effectively when they are too anxious, stressed, or otherwise ill to think clearly, and my course design proceeds from that premise. Given that students' lives are defined very strongly by their experiences in their courses and other aspects of their schoolwork, faculty and staff have an enormous amount of power over their wellbeing, and I try to take that very seriously. My approach to supporting student mental health happens mainly in how I have built flexibility and accessibility in to my courses, minimizing deadlines, offering multiple paths to demonstrating engagement, encouraging diverse interests, and enabling students to try new challenges in ways that don't result in reduced grades. As an educator, I think my role is primarily about creating an environment in which students are able to take their wellbeing into account, alongside their acquisition of academic knowledge and skills. 

-- Dr. Prameet Sheth