Why you should be presenting at conferences

Conference season is approaching, which provides grad students with many opportunities to travel, meet new people, and share their research. As a grad student, whether or not you want to end up in academia, attending and presenting at conferences helps to hone transferrable skills which are important in the research world and the workplace. To… Read More Why you should be presenting at conferences

Paper or Not?

We occupy the most rapidly evolving age of human kind to date, technology has started to become obsolete or outdated faster than my wardrobe. Big-shots in the technological field predict a fast approaching singularity  of technological advancement; expect that to happen when computers start to design computers for designing better computers. During the interim though,… Read More Paper or Not?

Our experience of a writing group as a PhD student: Growing in our identity and struggling with isolation

In our PhD Education Colloquium on October 17, Sara Doody, Sarah Marshall, Maggie McDonnell, and Erin Reid presented the following to our class. I was so inspired that I asked if I could incorporate their presentation into the GradLife blog, to bring it to a larger audience. I hope you are as inspired reading this… Read More Our experience of a writing group as a PhD student: Growing in our identity and struggling with isolation

Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Change in Grad School

Entering the second semester of my master’s, I was following my proposed schedule perfectly. I had completed all of my required course work, applied for funding, and helped with data collection for our second year master’s student. I learned how to use relevant processing programs for my lab work, read what felt like one million… Read More Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Change in Grad School

The Writer’s Toolkit: 14 things that could change how you feel about writing

Somewhere between now and forever. That sounds about right. Isn’t that the gist of your reply to family members and friends who just don’t get why you’re still a PhD student? So much has changed in the world, and you’re still at it. I mean, how long does it take to write a thesis? Just… Read More The Writer’s Toolkit: 14 things that could change how you feel about writing