What does your workspace look like? Mine often gets so overloaded that I take to the streets to find a café just to have a clear table upon which to lay my computer, my papers, and my woes. I was created in a shaded shop, windows foggy with grime, frayed ribbons of incoming sunlight thick with… Read More Autobiography of a desk
For a long, long time, I wanted to be a CEGEP or university teacher. Academia has many problems, but most of the time this is the place I feel the happiest (thanks to my friends) and accomplished (thanks to the work). But as you know, there are few jobs and many, many candidates who want… Read More Working outside Academia
Chances are, you’ve heard of Pint of Science. Now in its fourth year, the international science outreach festival, bringing the scientists and the public together in local pubs has become a staple event of the graduate community. I had the opportunity to talk with Amy McKean (A) and Caitlin Fowler (C), both graduate students at McGill… Read More Pint of Science: Coming to a pub near you!
Are you mentoring a summer student? Here are some tips to get you started!… Read More Are you Mentoring an Undergrad? Start Here
On Friday, I attended Health Startup Day 2019. An event organized by Health Innovation Initiative, a group of graduate students from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill interested in building a community of guidance for those interested in careers outside of research. This year’s event focussed on entrepreneurship started with a business model workshop. Presented by… Read More Similarities between academia and business? Lessons learned from Health Startup Day 2019.
In this third installment of the More Than a Student interview series, we talked about how home brewing works, the merits of vinegar in pickles, and the explosive risks of fermentation… Read More More Than a Student: an Interview with a Home Brewer and Fermenter
March break happens not only to university students, but also, as you can remember, to very young students in primary school. Like my 5 years-old kid. To have fun that week, my two children and I spend some time in the Rockies to ski with my dad. That was challenging and fun (and exhausting). Then,… Read More Kid in the office
I think mostly in metaphor. Especially for concepts that I struggle to wrap my mind around, reducing them to pictures makes them fold up into pocket-sized pieces that fit nicely into the cupboards of my world. This week, the metaphor I kept returning to – my PhD is a mountain. You know, the ones that… Read More my PhD, a mountain
One of the perks of being a McGill graduate student is the variety of workshops that are offered throughout the year. I once heard that there is a workshop to help you manage all the workshops! As we all know, graduate students have a lot on their plate – lab work, literature reviews, industrial meetings,… Read More Don’t miss MyResearch series at the library
I don’t know anything about hockey. Well, this instinctive thought is not entirely true: I know it’s like soccer, but players have to make goals by sending a puck—not a ball—in the net, and they have to move this puck around using a stick, instead of kicking it with their feet. Oh, and in the… Read More Seeing a hockey game in Canada: ✔ check!