I don’t know who invented them, but lab retreats are awesome. This month my research group had its annual Winter retreat at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve, I absolutely loved it, and I think these retreats will be some of the warmest memories of my years as a graduate student. To me, the term lab retreat means three things:… Read More GradLife Best Moments: The Lab Retreat
Happy Halloween! October 31st is not the only scary day in the life of a grad student. Here some of the GradLife team’s stories. Creepy moments at McGill Working late at night in the lab and hearing strange sounds! Such as machines beeping (or the refrigerator’s motor) or security walking by or things falling. Plastic… Read More Gradlife scary moments
Being a teacher’s assistant (TA) can be hard work. As a TA you’re a font of knowledge, the solution to their problems and the keeper of their GPA. You’re also figuring out things as you go, putting out fires as they happen (hopefully figuratively!) and generally trying to keep up the aura of authority. So… Read More What can the Undergrads teach you?
Ah, grad school. Aka the years of your life where you’re learning how much you don’t know, pushing your personal and professional boundaries, and managing an outrageously busy schedule. Grad school schedules come with deadlines. Deadlines for abstract submissions, funding applications, and course work, on top of lab meetings, data collection, and social endeavours. Here… Read More Top 5 Tips to Increase Productivity
This is my sixth term as an Entomology (that’s the -ology of insects) PhD student at McGill, and I’ve been awfully busy. I’ve given my first departmental seminar, submitted my thesis proposal, survived my comprehensive exam, taught three terms’ worth of labs, and finished writing a book chapter. (I’m tired just looking at that list!)… Read More It’s time to pay my dues
As promised, here is part 2 of the two part series “the do’s and don’ts of choosing a lab/supervisor”