Networking in Grad School

Networking in Grad School

I’ve mentioned it plenty of times in previous blog posts, but I thought it was time to write a full post specifically about networking. Some students love it, some students hate it, but all students need it. Plenty of benefits come when people network, including contacts with professional people in your area and potentially around the country (depending on where your contacts move), support during grad school and beyond, links to potential employers, and head starts on job hunting at career fairs.

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You can network with your professors, too! They are great professional contacts to keep in touch with after you have completed you... Read More
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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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Conferences: How to Rub Elbows with Purpose

Conferences: How to Rub Elbows with Purpose

Going to a conference soon? Make use of your time by introducing yourself to others in your field. Don't be shy!

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Most researchers find their own research interesting. Most other people find their research boring. So, if you find their research... Read More
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Burnout – Part Two

Burnout – Part Two

So last week I talked a lot about what graduate school burnout is, and some warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout. This week I will be talking about what to do if you are experiencing some of the signs of burnout. Below are some helpful ways to help battle burnout and help you regain your passion for your field, knowledge, and your future career trajectory.

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Burnout – Part One

Burnout – Part One

With these next few posts, I would like to put some of the more glamorous aspects of grad school on hold – yes, there are many glamorous aspects of grad school – and talk about a very serious issue that impacts many graduate students: burnout. In part one of this two-part series, I will be talking about what burnout is, and some of the warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout. In part two, I will be discussing ways prevent and treat burnout.

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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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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
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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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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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Are there any other types of presentations? Or are these the two main types?
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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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@zmirtsching, thanks for your question! I've seen another category at conferences called "symposium session." That usually consist... Read More
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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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On Babies and Dissertations: Part 2

On Babies and Dissertations: Part 2

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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Things They Don’t Teach You in Grad School: Part 1

Things They Don’t Teach You in Grad School: Part 1

As graduate students we are taught a lot, and I do mean A LOT! This is often most evident by the 300-500 pages per class per week we are often required to read. Additionally, our education is often a combination of both didactic and experiential learning. While there is a lot that we are taught in grad school, if there is one thing I have learned over my course of practicum experiences – there is a lot they don’t teach you in grad school. In this series of blogs I would like to share with you some of my experiences that I have had that were definitely not covered in the classroom.

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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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Preparing for a Skype Interview: 10 Tips for Success

Preparing for a Skype Interview: 10 Tips for Success

With the economy on the mend, everyone is trying to cut back expenses—including your potential employers and/or graduate committees. Because of this, Skype interviews have become increasingly popular. You’ll want to make sure you present yourself in the best possible light (literally). Here are 10 tips that will ensure you look your best.

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Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.  Your long, rambling, obsequious, and convoluted emails with statements disguised as questions and vice-versa qualify as both difficult and aversive to address, and so will be avoided.  

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So You Want to Go to Graduate School?

So You Want to Go to Graduate School?

Going to graduate school has received a bad rap from the people who are in graduate school. If you are an undergraduate who wants to go to grad school or a first-year grad student just starting out, there is no doubt that graduate school is a long-term commitment that involves a lot of hard work. There are plenty of grad school humor websites poking fun at the hopelessness of graduate school, but having an advanced degree opens a lot more doors than having simply a bachelor’s degree or even an associate’s degree.

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