A few people have noticed that I have been entirely silent on this blog for quite some time. Others have noticed that I’ve been absent from my personal blog as well as Facebook, Twitter – pretty much all of my usual online haunts – since the fall. Their somewhat apprehensive inquiries – “How are you… Read More The conversations we don’t have (but should)
I’ve been unfaithful to the Grad Life blog. You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for the past month. I have been spending time with … *gasp* …another blog. Yes, it’s true. But is was all for a greater good. Today, a very exciting new online venture was launched, and I was a part… Read More Science blogging gets some street cred…
About two weeks ago, an email from my advisor turned up in my inbox that said something to the effect of, “Canopy researcher Nalini Nadkarni is coming to McGill to give a talk and hang out with our lab. This is a great opportunity, so please come.” When I pulled out my Top-Secret Graduate Advisor… Read More Outreach may not be a useful currency for grad students – but we should do it anyway
I’ve written about teaching already this year, and I find myself writing about it again now, in the hopes of getting some opinions from other grad students. I’ve been the teaching assistant for a lab the past few years. When the powers that be restructured the lab in a major way last year, I made… Read More Does teaching matter?
At the end of my third year as a doctoral student my funding ran out. I have lived in a beautiful apartment in Villeray for 40 continuous months. I didn’t want to lose my spacious digs. Hardwood floors, an extra bedroom that I use as a ‘home office,’ newly renovated everything (including Ikea kitchen): this… Read More Grad Students of McGill, You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains