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?
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