Formatting: An unexpected challenge of thesis-writing!

As spring approaches, so do some important deadlines for graduate students. For many of us, we’ll be submitting an initial draft of our thesis in April, which is (eep) less than a month away! As I putter on, editing my manuscripts, polishing my introduction and conclusion, I can’t help but notice something I truly didn’t… Read More Formatting: An unexpected challenge of thesis-writing!

Sarah uses this

In January, Guillaume posted about what he uses to get stuff done.  I’m following that up with my own post about what I use, which will highlight some of the research I am doing right now. This will  include lots of pretty pictures like the one shown here!

Wouldn’t it be great to work and not be paid for it? The dilemma with unpaid internships.

McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development recently organised the “Young Professionals in Development Forum“, which invited speakers to talk about how they got to where they are in their careers. One thing that inevitably came up were internships. After the event, I heard a student approach one of the speakers to enquire about… Read More Wouldn’t it be great to work and not be paid for it? The dilemma with unpaid internships.

Getting discouraged

I’m sure it’s bound to happen to most graduate students during their thesis-writing days. It’s a feeling of deep discouragement. One that gets you to your bones, and makes you feel tired in a way that sleep cannot suppress. 

Qu’en est-il du français à McGill? Un aperçu.

Je m’étais, alors que je commençai à écrire pour ce blog, promis d’écrire un “post” sur deux en français. Cette ambition se fondait sur une double motivation: d’abord, celle de faire justice à une audience forcément diverse, souvent bilingue, et en partie francophone. Ensuite, je souhaitais renouer avec la rédaction du français, qui s’est faite… Read More Qu’en est-il du français à McGill? Un aperçu.

Interview tips for landing your dream internship

After being offered an internship position at McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP), I wondered what made my interview successful. To get a behind-the-scenes perspective on that question, I interviewed Ms. Denise Maines, the Student Affairs Administrator at the IHSP. Denise Maines was on my interview panel. Here are her thoughtful answers to… Read More Interview tips for landing your dream internship

Styles of teaching: a typology of teaching assistants based on the TV series “Scrubs”

This week they start again: “conferences”, which, in the Arts Faculty lingo, refer to smaller classes that give undergraduates the opportunity to discuss course readings and assignments. These conferences are led by teaching assistants, usually graduate students from the relevant faculty, who guide discussions and answer questions. Conferences can be pretty demanding, and how TAs… Read More Styles of teaching: a typology of teaching assistants based on the TV series “Scrubs”