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We all know how complicated can be the life of a grad student; full of schedules, experiments, meetings and all sorts of things in between. The room for extra activities becomes more and more reduced over time, especially towards the end of the degree. However, we should spare some time to learn French. Why? Well,… Read More The Language Opportunity
One of the best things about my personal graduate life experience is the unprecedented level of travel I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. Of course not everyone has a supervisor like mine that grants vacation time easily or sends me to conferences in exotic locals (Italy, Vancouver, Vermont) but the flexibility inherent in grad school… Read More Off on an adventure…
I am nearly there. There: the place in time and space where I shall open a new white page on Word to start writing my thesis. I still have some research to do, books to read, but I think that I can do that while putting my ideas on paper. I guess it will help… Read More How to write a thesis?
Je viens de terminer un mois et demi de stage à Paris. Je suis à Rome pour quelques recherches, avant de revenir à Montréal. J’avais une liste de manuscrits à consulter absolument à la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). Certains ont été de belles découvertes. Un autre particulièrement a été plus décevant. Il s’agissait d’un… Read More Au détour de la recherche, les surprises
So, this it. The last blog entry for me. I have had an incredible year, and writing this blog has been an important part of the year. Writing this blog has given me an opportunity to take a moment and reflect on the highs and lows that I experienced in the moment. In the moment.… Read More The Last Post
Do you know where your funding comes from? In the Life Sciences at McGill graduate students are guaranteed a stipend. Whether that comes from external scholarships, internal awards or directly from your supervisor’s grants depends on a lot of factors. But where does your lab get the money for your reagents, equipment, technical support or… Read More Federal Research Funding – How much do you know?
While travelling for my research, I discovered something interesting: the notion of a «library» (aka, my second home) is not the same thing everywhere. By living in Québec all my life, I had this vision of a library as a place where anybody, adult or kid, can go and consult books. With a card, those… Read More A story of libraries and travels
Classes are over (for the moment), and summer is just around the corner. And now, a chance to take a deep breath and recuperate from the frenetic pace of the fall and winter terms. Time to waste long moments of time (moments, not hours or days). A chance to hit the road, find a beach,… Read More Summer Plans
It’s convocation time and I’ve been watching (in a non-creepy way) all the recent graduates running around lower campus in their caps and gowns. They all look so happy and their parents so proud. It was especially meaningful to see pictures of so many of my first batch of students graduating this year. (Congrats guys!)… Read More The Revolving Door of Grad School
Every year when I began to work on my home garden, I am reminded of the most amazing project that I initiated at the high school where I teach. A couple of years ago, a fellow teacher and I decided to start a community garden. It seemed like a great way to introduce a bunch… Read More High School Community Garden – An Epic Failure