Making Money in Grad School

Making Money in Grad School

Now that I’ve told you how to apply for graduate school, you might be wondering how you’re going to pay for it all. If thinking about paying for grad school sends you into a panicked frenzy, then just take a deep breath and read this post to put things into perspective before you change your mind about grad school.

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Conference Tips: Presenting a Poster

Conference Tips: Presenting a Poster

Are you about to present a poster at a research conference? Here are some tips to ensure a great poster session:

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Peter
Good tips! I'll add some. Get some business cards. They are very cheap (you can have them made up at Staples or similar places... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:41
SaraB
Thanks for the tips, Peter! I love the business card idea, and I totally agree that less is better than more. I used to make the m... Read More
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Bon Appetit: Eating on a Time and Financial Budget

Bon Appetit: Eating on a Time and Financial Budget

Chances are if you are in graduate school you probably barely have time to brush your teeth and comb your hair in the morning. Furthermore, unlike the majority of the workforce that lives paycheck to paycheck, your finances might look something more like school loan to school loan. With all of these time and financial restrictions, how is one supposed to be able to maintain a healthy diet? Well, I’m not going to lie to you, your diet will likely not consist of organic market-fresh produce, home-cooked meals three times a day, or even once a day for that matter; however, I have created the following tips to help make faster, cheaper, and healthier meal options – and, no, I am not going to mention ramen noodles…we’re graduate students; we’re past that.

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Great blog! It's so hard to eat healthy when you're so stressed out. I would always have a stash of healthy snacks in the lab and ... Read More
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Grad School Applications Part 5: Perfecting Your Application(s)

Grad School Applications Part 5: Perfecting Your Application(s)

I’ve talked a lot in this series about proofreading your applications and making sure there aren’t any mistakes in them, but I’m not done talking about the importance of perfecting your grad school applications. I also wanted to bring up other issues that you can easily avoid and things that you should keep in mind when reviewing your grad school applications before submitting them.

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Conference Presentations: Poster or Talk?

Conference Presentations: Poster or Talk?

Presenting your research at a conference? Should you present a poster or a paper? Here are some pros and cons of both.

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zmirtsching
Are there any other types of presentations? Or are these the two main types?
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:56
Peter
I have seen a few others. At some conferences there are "hands on workshops" and "pre conference training" - these are probably no... Read More
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SaraB
@zmirtsching, thanks for your question! I've seen another category at conferences called "symposium session." That usually consist... Read More
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Grad School Applications Part 4: Excluding the Unnecessary Elements

Grad School Applications Part 4: Excluding the Unnecessary Elements

Graduate school applications aren’t easy to complete, especially if you apply to more than 3–5 schools. It can be difficult to organize the different requirements for each application and to keep track of your specifications of the right school for you. I’ve already written about the elements of a grad school application that you should include, such as showing professionalism and following directions. Now, I want to touch on a few things that you should avoid in your grad school applications.

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The Separation of Self and Work

The Separation of Self and Work

As graduate students, we are constantly being evaluated, from papers to presentations to clinical work to theses and dissertations. In addition, we are being evaluated against very high standards. That is just the nature of the beast that is graduate school. I know for me, at times, it can feel like being under a microscope and that my every action is being secretly observed and assessed. While I know on a cognitive level that I am in fact not under surveillance 24-7, it sure can feel that way. With all the evaluations and benchmarks that we as graduate students have successfully accomplish (i.e., hoops to jump through), it is hard to not internalize a constant sense of self-monitoring, perfectionism, ruminating, and a high level of self-criticism – I know that I personally struggle with all of these.

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zmirtsching
Great article! I think you really address the situation from different perspectives and show how difficult it is to not be slightl... Read More
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JohnM
I think both giving and getting feedback is definately as skill to learn. But yes, I would agree that some feedback, no matter wh... Read More
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Grad School Applications Part 3: Including the Necessary Elements

Grad School Applications Part 3: Including the Necessary Elements

As you begin to narrow down your grad school choices to a  few or a larger pool (depending on how much money you have for applications), you will soon realize that you now have to fill out applications, write essays, and ask for recommendation letters. Here are a few tips for you to make it through the process without being overwhelmed.

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Graduate School Limbo

Graduate School Limbo

Those of you in graduate school probably know the feeling of being somehow disconnected from the “real world.” In many ways, if we are not careful, graduate school can alienate us from our friends, families, and things that we used to enjoy. However, what I am talking about here is being in a different temporal world – a world where time stands still, yet simultaneously passes by in a single moment. One of the clearest examples of this would be any given semester in graduate school. Week one starts with a new syllabus, and another workload to add to the to-do list. What seems like a week later, half of the assignments have been done, and it is spring break, which does not feel like a break because you spend the entire break trying to catch up, dare I even say try to get ahead. Before you know it, that semester is gone, you have another blur of a “break,” and do the whole thing all over again…and again….and again.

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Great post! I feel that it applies to undergraduate life (if you choose to take on a difficult degree plan) as well.
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Don’t Worry if You Mess Up

Don’t Worry if You Mess Up

Lots of grad students are afraid of failure. Let me tell you about one of my biggest mess-ups in grad school (and they still let me graduate)!

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Grad School Applications Part 2: Doing Your Research

Grad School Applications Part 2: Doing Your Research

If you haven’t dreamed of attending a particular grad school for your whole life, or if you haven’t aimed your studies to attend a certain grad school, then looking for a grad school can be pretty overwhelming. In this post, I’m going to give you a few tips about how to look sift through the many graduate schools out there and how to narrow your choices so that you can feel more organized and peaceful about applying for grad school.

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Grad School Applications Part 1: Continued

Grad School Applications Part 1: Continued

I have already touched a bit on what it looks like to apply for graduate school, but I wanted to make sure I included a few things that are needed in a grad school application.

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Grad School Applications Part 1: Knowing the Overall Application Process

Grad School Applications Part 1: Knowing the Overall Application Process

In this first part of my new series about graduate school applications, I wanted to inform you about the application process. The many hours that you will spend researching, writing, and finally deciding on a graduate program will soon become worth it when you receive the education that you deserve. One of the first things that you need to understand when it comes to graduate school applications is that you will probably apply to many schools and many graduate programs. The number of graduate programs you apply to might depend on your determination to be accepted into one particular program, your desire to be relocated or stay where you are, or your scholarships (or even full rides) you might receive for certain programs.

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On Babies and Dissertations: Part 3

On Babies and Dissertations: Part 3

I recently had the experience of expecting my first baby a month before I graduated. Throughout the process, I accidentally learned several tips to graduating on time with a PhD.

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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

In my experiences, I have never known a graduate student who complained about getting too much sleep or being too well-rested. In fact, some might argue that if you are not over-worked and over-slept, then you must be slacking in some area of your life. While I would argue that whoever says this probably has poor boundaries, but that is a different rant. Most of us at some time or another struggle with sleep – falling asleep, staying asleep, getting up in the morning. While we have all heard tips about getting better sleep – don’t drink caffeine too late, avoid napping during the day, warm tea, warm milk – some of us still find ourselves having difficulty sleeping. Here are some helpful sleep tips that hopefully will help you have most restful sleep.

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