I remember being asked, during the enrollment process at McGill, to answer to some private questions: gender, sexual orientation… I never fully understood why those questions should matter to anyone, or why they are asked so often in university questionnaires. The way I see it, if you respect people and diversity, then you don’t ask,… Read More I came out to myself in grad school.
As the snow melts, flowers begin to blossom, and days get longer, we are reminded that spring is around the corner. Every year, a staple of spring for many of us has been attending Pint of Science, and I am happy to say this year will be no different! Now in its fifth year, Pint… Read More 4 Reasons to Attend Pint of Science This Year
As the world gets increasingly weirder, many graduate students are encouraged to use this time at home to get ahead on our work – read those papers, finish that manuscript, start that dissertation. However, it’s been a challenge! With all that’s been going on in the world it can be difficult to concentrate, and if… Read More A Typical Day in my Self-Isolated Life
The Chair of the Board of Governors, Ram Panda, a former McGill University graduate student himself, sits down with GradLife McGill. Offering his advice to current students, he discusses graduate school, social media, his passion for sustainability and the importance of creating a better world for generations to come. GradLife McGill is about sharing the… Read More An interview with the Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors Ram Panda
As readers, we are trained to look for clues in a text. As though a text is a thing to hang in a window so we can see where the light shines through or find where the dark patch needs our pulling apart. And with the tools of technique-spotting, we shred. But sometimes this transfers… Read More The Fall of a Sparrow
What does your workspace look like? Mine often gets so overloaded that I take to the streets to find a café just to have a clear table upon which to lay my computer, my papers, and my woes. I was created in a shaded shop, windows foggy with grime, frayed ribbons of incoming sunlight thick with… Read More Autobiography of a desk
For a long, long time, I wanted to be a CEGEP or university teacher. Academia has many problems, but most of the time this is the place I feel the happiest (thanks to my friends) and accomplished (thanks to the work). But as you know, there are few jobs and many, many candidates who want… Read More Working outside Academia
Chances are, you’ve heard of Pint of Science. Now in its fourth year, the international science outreach festival, bringing the scientists and the public together in local pubs has become a staple event of the graduate community. I had the opportunity to talk with Amy McKean (A) and Caitlin Fowler (C), both graduate students at McGill… Read More Pint of Science: Coming to a pub near you!
Are you mentoring a summer student? Here are some tips to get you started!… Read More Are you Mentoring an Undergrad? Start Here
On Friday, I attended Health Startup Day 2019. An event organized by Health Innovation Initiative, a group of graduate students from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill interested in building a community of guidance for those interested in careers outside of research. This year’s event focussed on entrepreneurship started with a business model workshop. Presented by… Read More Similarities between academia and business? Lessons learned from Health Startup Day 2019.