Since I am studying History, I spend most of my days behind my books or my computer. When I hear almost all my GradLife colleagues talking about «the lab», I feel this is a secret word full of mysteries. So I asked Sophie Cousineau to help me understand what she is doing exactly in her… Read More The secret life of a lab grad student
The most recent Friday the 13th was an especially unlucky one. Here’s what it’s been like to deal with the disruption of having my building literally catch fire:… Read More How the McIntyre Fire Affected my PhD
Months ago GradLife McGill blogger Fannie wrote her post I found comprehensive exams… easy, and now that I have passed my comps as well, I’d like to echo her post with this one. My post will not be a list of recommendations—Fannie already did this very well, and I have little to add to her sensible… Read More I found compherensive exams… different
Ok, this is weird, or at least incoherent. I am the one who shared her annoyance caused by the people talking in the library quiet zones, and now I am preparing for my comps at the pub?! Well, let me clarify that I am not doing all the preparation for my comps at the pub—that would… Read More Preparing for the comps (also) at the pub
Crunch time: it happens to all of us! Since busier-than-usual times are inevitable, we may as well learn how to survive in the stressful periods that punctuate life as a graduate student.… Read More How To Survive Crunch Time
Science diplomacy; a new buzz-word as of late that has combined two words that one does not usually see together. You may have heard the term and figured out what it means literally, but what exactly does it entail? Science & Policy Exchange‘s Student’s and Science Diplomacy 2-day workshop bought together the world’s of science, research… Read More So, what is science diplomacy after all?
Pint of Science is an international science festival that brings research outside the boundaries of universities by organizing speaker series in bars. This is a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their work with a large audience of non-experts and for the public to hear about recent discoveries made in universities and meet… Read More Eager to quench your thirst for knowledge? Pint of Science is back in Montreal from May 14-16th!
When I was in high school, since I was in a very theoretical program, going to university and earning at least a Bachelor’s degree seemed the only reasonable option. Then, since I wanted to study a bit more, I decided to continue with a two-year Master’s, that in my home country–Italy–is seen as the most… Read More Is there a right age to be a graduate student?
Scientists (and all researchers), let’s be honest, the further and deeper we delve into our work, the less people we can talk about our research with. McGill Global Health Program‘s day-long workshop on April 27 Sharing Your Research and Telling Your Story (So People Will Hear It) reminded us that science matters, not just to… Read More Your Research is Your Story: Share it!
Life as a graduate student can be isolating, especially for those students who don’t need to physically stay in a lab to do their research, and thus end up spending most of their time alone. Luckily, there are many occasions to get in touch with some fellows, such as non-curricular lectures where you will probably find… Read More GradLife Friendly Moments: The Department Gatherings