I never realized how social grad school actually is until I started writing my thesis. It’s a silly thing not to have thought about before, but never the less, these past few weeks have brought to mind how much I usually get to interact with people at the lab, and how essential that is to… Read More The Writing of a Thesis: The Isolation
Too much and not enough, that is the sentiment that seems to sum up my thesis so far. For the past few weeks I’ve been focusing mainly on my introduction, though I have the unfortunate tendency to jump around a little. My dilemma du jour is deciding what to include in my introduction; I keep… Read More The Writing of a Thesis: Too Much and Not Enough
“The time has come, the Walrus said. To talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax. Of cabbages and kings.” And like Lewis Carroll’s Walrus, I too have many things to talk (or write) about and sadly my thoughts are just as scattered. And thus begins my final series for the GradLife… Read More The Writing of a Thesis: Musings of a Confused Grad Student
There are many milestones in grad school, from the day you get your acceptance letter and you write your first scholarship application all the way up to the big one, writing your thesis and your eventual defense. Several bloggers have touched on their experiences on various evaluation milestones, such as Fannie’s take on comprehensive exams… Read More Grad School Milestones
As it was Thanksgiving, and hopefully the last Thanksgiving I’ll spend as a grad student, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the things grad school has made me thankful for. I figured I’d try and find 7 things, one for each Thanksgiving I’ve spent as a grad student! The People: This is… Read More Thanks Grad School!
Well maybe panic is a bit strong, but you gotta love alliteration. In any case, it’s that time again when my boss pops by almost daily to ask me where we are on my current paper. In many ways it’s a good thing, meaning that this one part of my research is almost ready to… Read More Paper Prep Panic
September is here and we all know what that means, huge lines at Second Cup (and everywhere else)! Being a grad student in the lab all year round, you really see a different side of McGill over the summer. The majority of the undergraduate students are gone and we kind of have the campus to… Read More September is Here!
One of the best things about summer is the ability to take vacation, one of the hardest is coming back to work after that vacation. About a month ago I told you I was off on an adventure. Now I’m back to work and off to a bit of a slow start. This is my thing… Read More And I’m Back!
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…
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?