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…
I’m working on an application. If this thing pans out I’ll be doing science outreach with kids a few times a year. In addition to the usual “describe your research” and “describe your publications”-type sections one typically finds in applications, it also included this: “Describe your research as you would to a group of 8-… Read More A challenge: can you talk to kids about your research?
I’ve been working on a manuscript on and off for a few months, but diligently for the past few weeks. I enjoy writing, and usually start these things with a positive outlook (“My research is awesomesauce 😀 <3!”), but things go off-kilter when I start to tackle the introduction, and then all hell breaks lose… Read More (mis)Adventures in manuscript-writing
Although it’s usually a good idea to make sure you’ve got a handle on your work load (i.e., have a schedule figured out, know when things are due, get started on assignments well in advance of their due date), I think it’s an ESPECIALLY good idea to be on top of things when spring rolls… Read More Go play outside!!!
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
Sometimes, being a grad student means that you are perceived by undergrads as being something like A Person With Knowledge and Authority. They assume that you’re someone who has seen things and done stuff and, rightly or wrongly, that you might be more approachable (or perhaps simply “safer”) than a professor if they’ve got something… Read More Undergraduate “advising”
As an undergraduate, my day-to-day existence was a predictable weekly pattern consisting of lectures and lab sessions, homework, shifts at my part-time jobs, and time to just chill and have fun with my friends and flatmates. This prescribed and comfortable routine changed a LOT when I entered the strange universe of grad school as… Read More Making time for myself
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?
O hai, terrifically neglected blog and blog-readers! I totally got sucked into that weird swirly vortex of work/rest/procrastination that sometimes happens over the winter break (you grad students know the one I mean), then suddenly found myself back in action at school (including teaching three days a week) and I am just now getting my… Read More Giving back by speaking out!
The ESC conference I attended earlier this month got me thinking (as any good conference should). Not only was I thinking about all the really cool research going on around the country, but also about future directions for my own work, and for my growth as a grad student. As I watched talk after talk,… Read More Uncomfortable