What I Learned at Survival Skills For Scientists

On Friday March 9, I attended Survival Skills for Scientists. An all-day event with keynote talks, discussion panels and workshops all focussed on one thing: careers in science. Presenters with diverse professions, from academia to private-industry, all spoke about the career paths they chose and how they got to where they are today. Here are… Read More What I Learned at Survival Skills For Scientists

When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries

Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as a human being: Our species… Read More When newspapers talk about your field… and confirm your worries

Be Responsible, Understand, Learn and LIVE YOUR LIFE

GradLife McGill is proud to present a 3-part, guest blog series by McGill alumni Dr. Christopher von Roretz as part of #AfterGradLife. In his much anticipated last post, Dr. von Roretz outlines four critical life lessons he learned from graduate school. Now that I’ve already stretched my introduction into 2 blog posts, I want to… Read More Be Responsible, Understand, Learn and LIVE YOUR LIFE

Exploring New Paths : An Interview with McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier

Who is Suzanne Fortier? We know the name, we’ve seen her at events and receive emails from her office on a regular basis, but, what is she really like? After five years as Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill, she remains inspired, motivated and excited to learn and help students learn. In an exclusive sit-down interview… Read More Exploring New Paths : An Interview with McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier

6+1 reasons why a graduate student should consider 3MT/MT180

It’s January, and this means several things: The weather is cold, the Montreal Island is covered in snow and ice, the Winter term has begun… and it’s Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes time! As it is explained here and here, Three Minute Thesis/Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes (3MT/MT180) is a competition in which graduate students… Read More 6+1 reasons why a graduate student should consider 3MT/MT180

3 Minute Thesis at McGill: Disseminating Research / Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes à McGill : Vulgariser la Recherche

Olivier Sulpis, PhD student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and 2017 winner of Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes, reflects on the impact of the McGill wide Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes / 3 Minutes Thesis Competition. Olivier Sulpis, étudiant en doctorat au Département des Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes et… Read More 3 Minute Thesis at McGill: Disseminating Research / Ma Thèse en 180 Secondes à McGill : Vulgariser la Recherche

I wish I could read a whole book without being distracted by the ideas I get

I just read Fannie’s post on how she struggles to find the time to write her thesis, and I couldn’t help noticing some similarities with my situation, in spite of the fact that we are at two different stages of our research—she is writing her thesis, I am defining and planning mine. Last year I… Read More I wish I could read a whole book without being distracted by the ideas I get

The first time a graduate student… lives a conference

Wow. This was such a great experience! This is the second post of my blog series The first time a graduate student… and, as I anticipated here, it is going to be on my first conference experience, here. Well, technically I already had some little experience of this kind, but this was my first “serious” conference… Read More The first time a graduate student… lives a conference