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 their the career paths they chose and how they got to where they are today. Here… Read More What I Learned at Survival Skills For Scientists
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
It was my first day of grade six; my final year in elementary school. I was assigned to Miss Betty, who had a reputation for being the meanest teacher. I remember her having us do an assignment right after she took attendance. On the blackboard she wrote, “What is the difference between mean versus strict?”… Read More Strict versus mean
In high school, I was a pretty good student. I participated in extracurricular activities, and volunteered, while keeping my grades up, and doing my homework on time, or well in advance. When my classmates would ask me if they could copy my answers off of assignments, naturally I would refuse. I put time and effort… Read More I don’t give answers away for free
Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find myself chaperoning 13 high school students as they learned about sustainable agriculture, rainforest biodiversity, and cultural diversity in Costa Rica. A very sweet gig. Together we visited organic farms, one of which was in the highlands above the cloud forest. Cows were milked, chickens and trout… Read More When Work, Travel, and Study Intersect
A huge shout out to all the Masters and PhD and Med students who helped at the regional science fair hosted by Concordia! As head judge, I want to say that the support from grad students from both universities was phenomenal. There were 140 judges judging 130 projects, and a large portion of the judges… Read More Grad Students & Volunteerism
When I arrived in Quebec, it was incredible for me to see so many people from all around the world. I used to live in a relatively small town with only a few foreign tourists or residents, then listening to people talking in dozens of different languages just propelled my curiosity. “Where are you from?”… Read More Curiosity, Mistakes and Racial Microaggressions
Growing up, we’re taught that winning is good, and losing is bad. Success is good, and failure is bad. For some students, the words “that’s wrong” or “you failed” are some of the most terrifying to hear. But there are two sides to every story. If you never fail, then how do you learn? If… Read More Success through failure
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?
À la sempiternelle question «que vas-tu faire avec un doctorat?», je ne sais jamais vraiment quoi répondre. Parce que j’ai quelques idées, mais que je ne le sais pas. Disons que les offres d’emploi qui stipulent que le candidat doit avoir un diplôme de troisième cycle en histoire sont plutôt rares – pour ne pas dire… Read More Pourquoi le doctorat? Parce que… j’aime ça.