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
Do you know where your funding comes from? In the Life Sciences at McGill graduate students are guaranteed a stipend. Whether that comes from external scholarships, internal awards or directly from your supervisor’s grants depends on a lot of factors. But where does your lab get the money for your reagents, equipment, technical support or… Read More Federal Research Funding – How much do you know?
While travelling for my research, I discovered something interesting: the notion of a «library» (aka, my second home) is not the same thing everywhere. By living in Québec all my life, I had this vision of a library as a place where anybody, adult or kid, can go and consult books. With a card, those… Read More A story of libraries and travels
You will say that I don’t know what I want, and maybe it’s true. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how having children is sort of slowing me in my studies. And it’s still true, since months away from school when I was on maternity leave definitely didn’t help me to read and write.… Read More Children and productivity : for the better or the worst?
If you read my last post, you will know I attended a Public Forum on Genetic Testing last week, hosted here at McGill by the Science Policy Exchange (SPE). Firstly, I would like it say congrats to SPE for putting on a great event! I’m not sure I mentioned before, but SPE is a group… Read More DNA and Me (Part 2)
We’ve all seen those commercials advertising personal genome sequencing. Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com will sequence sections of your DNA and be able to extrapolate tons of information including, as the name suggests, your ancestry as well as genetic disorders and health risks. But while it’s very cool to find out that you’re 65% Ethiopian… Read More DNA and Me (Part 1)
Throughout my grad school experience working weekends has become more and more common place. What’s more is now I often feel guilty the weekends I don’t go into work, especially if the alternative is just relaxing at home. And I know I’m not alone in this. But my question is “Is that healthy?” And I… Read More What is a “week-end”?
Lundi dernier, 14h. Je termine un Skype avec ma directrice. Je lui montre un peu où j’en suis dans mes recherches, un peu où je pense me diriger peut-être éventuellement un jour plus ou moins lointain. Bref, je ne sais pas du tout où j’en suis. Encore moins où mes recherches vont se diriger. J’ai… Read More Connaître (plus ou moins) la destination, mais pas le chemin
It’s official: Montreal was recently ranked as the best student city in the world. I’m not surprised. While I’ve only been a post-secondary student in two other cities (one in Ontario and one in Australia), both of which I liked very much, Montreal is the perfect city for my life as a master’s student. Why,… Read More Why Montreal is Magnificent for Master’s Students
Before coming to McGill, I did not know what the expression Digital Humanities means. Now, one year and a half after, I’m focusing my research on this field. I presented it at the last Digital Humanities Showcase that this year took place at McGill on January 26th. It was not only an occasion to share my… Read More Being digital humanists….