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?
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
If you read my last post, you will know I attended a Public Forum on Genetic Testing last week, hosted here at McGill by the Science Policy Exchange (SPE). Firstly, I would like it say congrats to SPE for putting on a great event! I’m not sure I mentioned before, but SPE is a group… Read More DNA and Me (Part 2)
We’ve all seen those commercials advertising personal genome sequencing. Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com will sequence sections of your DNA and be able to extrapolate tons of information including, as the name suggests, your ancestry as well as genetic disorders and health risks. But while it’s very cool to find out that you’re 65% Ethiopian… Read More DNA and Me (Part 1)
Many of you might be wondering what a PGSA is; it’s your Post-Graduate Student Association. Most departments have one. They are the hard working graduate students and post-docs that organize a number of different types of events and are your representatives at PGSS council meetings. If your department doesn’t have one, talk to PGSS. It’s… Read More A PSA for your PGSA
Grad school can be frustrating and recently I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a rut. My experiments haven’t been working, I’ve spent months optimizing procedures and I’m feeling bogged down. So with Good Friday being a holiday, and not having to travel home for Easter, I decided leave my work alone for the day… Read More Getting things done!
As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, as one does on a cold and windy night, I came across this interesting event for Concordia Write Nights. These events are a chance for writers of any sort to gather and write in atypical locations. Their next event is on April 7th from 2-5pm at the… Read More (Write) Night at the Museum
Throughout my grad school experience working weekends has become more and more common place. What’s more is now I often feel guilty the weekends I don’t go into work, especially if the alternative is just relaxing at home. And I know I’m not alone in this. But my question is “Is that healthy?” And I… Read More What is a “week-end”?
Being a teacher’s assistant (TA) can be hard work. As a TA you’re a font of knowledge, the solution to their problems and the keeper of their GPA. You’re also figuring out things as you go, putting out fires as they happen (hopefully figuratively!) and generally trying to keep up the aura of authority. So… Read More What can the Undergrads teach you?
As a grad student I constantly find myself strapped for time. There is a pile of experiments to be done, lab reports to mark, an apartment to be cleaned and even friends to see. Sometimes it can be hard to juggle all of these things and still keep up with my other interests. However I… Read More What do you do (other than grad school)?