Upcoming Series: Smartphone Apps for Grad Students

Upcoming Series: Smartphone Apps for Grad Students

It seems that technology is advancing with each passing day, especially when it comes to our mobile phones.  Smartphones have become such a part of our normal routine that we tend to panic when we forget them at home, when they run out of batteries, or when we drop them and crack the screens.

I’m basing my next series on these gadgets and something that we like to download onto them: applications.  Apps, much like our beloved smartphones, come in all shapes and sizes; some help you get organized, and others are more educational.  I’ll include these topics and more in the upcoming series.

Academic Subject Apps

Students in grad school tend to burn out at one point or another as a result of losing interest in their thesis/dissertation topics or even their diminishing mental stamina.  The learning apps in this post will include information and subjects for users to learn something new apart from their academic subjects that they’ve been learning for years.

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Tangentrider
I've been using Evernote, Adobe Reader, and Kindle Reader in the proposal drafting process. Super useful.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 17:23
ReneMPaulson
Tangentrider, those are great apps for grad students; thanks for the input! I'll actually be discussing some of them in this serie... Read More
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Establishing Yourself in Your Career: Why You Should Consider Warmth and Competence

Establishing Yourself in Your Career: Why You Should Consider Warmth and Competence

As you start your career, you may consider going into academia or industry. Either way, the career path you choose can affect how others view you—even without knowing anything about you. This type of stereotyping allows people to make fast decisions about a person’s intentions. Is this person good or bad? So how will others perceive you when you begin your new career?

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself before Deciding to Get a PhD

10 Questions to Ask Yourself before Deciding to Get a PhD

Before deciding to embark on another 5-10 years of education, know the facts about getting a PhD (see my previous blog on myths of getting a PhD). If you’re still confident a PhD is the right path for you, ask yourself the following:

1. Can I afford it?
If you are considering student loans, mean graduate debt was $14,479 according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (NSF, 2012). Also take into account the cost it takes to apply to multiple PhD programs. Can you afford moving to another region of the country? All these things add up before the first day of classes.

2. How much money could I be making during the time it takes to get a PhD?
In addition to thinking about out-of-pocket expenses, consider the opportunity cost of getting a PhD. Think of both time and money. Figuring your opportunity cost will help answer the question, “Is it worth it?” To know how much money you will make after graduation, you will need to ask yourself the next question below.

3. To what industry do I want to enter as a career?
This question will better target what kind of salary you are likely to make in the future. There are plenty of people with master’s degrees who rake in $90k+ a year. How did they do it? They went into industries that pay well. The degree you hold is not the only factor in how much money you will make.

4. Is it impossible to get my dream job without a PhD?
If the answer is yes, then you need to get a PhD. Be realistic about the type of job that you are likely to get upon graduation, as well. When choosing programs, ask what type of jobs people get when they graduate.

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4 Funding Options for Grad Students

4 Funding Options for Grad Students

Grad school has you wondering how you're going to pay for it all? Here are a few financial options, as well as their implications.

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Academic Job Search? 3 Rules You Must Follow

Academic Job Search? 3 Rules You Must Follow

Decided academia is right for you? Here are 3 rules to guide you in your job search.

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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 1

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 1

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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How Do YOU Make Connections?

How Do YOU Make Connections?

Like most of my fellow life science PhDs, I have thought the most about tenure track research positions. Facing the reality that only about 14% of us will end up in those positions, I’ve tried to keep an open mind about the diversity of career outcomes that will enable me to apply my PhD towards. 

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