You may be asked to diagram you ideas, so be prepared. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This article originally appeared at Gradhacker.org on April 26th, 2013.
While my last Gradhacker post focused on the written aspect of comprehensive exams, for many graduate students there is another, equally dreaded component: the oral examination.
For even the most prepared students, this can be an intense and difficult experience. However, with enough preparation and the right mindset the oral examination can actually be an enjoyable experience where you get to talk about your ideas with members of your committee.
Having just completed this hurdle myself I’d like to go over some of the things that worked and those that I wish I had known before undertaking this process. This advice is the most relevant for those of you defending a written document that you’ve had time to prepare, but some of this will be applicable to more generalized oral examination formats. Continue reading
Suit Jacket (Photo credit: brixton)
This article originally appeared at Gradhacker.org on January 28th, 2013.
Some of you reading this article are about to start your first round of graduate school interviews this spring. Many of these interviews will take place during what is known as recruitment weekend. However, this is a much different process than your standard job interview and you should be aware that there are some key differences between the two. While much of this advice comes from my own experience in the sciences and will vary according to your program, there are some basic themes to be aware of. Continue reading
Mentoring a Demography trainee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have another post up over at Gradhacker titled Picking a Good Mentor. I hope that this advice helps those of you searching for a graduate mentor as this is a major decision for students and is extremely important for making the most of your graduate experience.
- Picking a Good Mentor (insidehighered.com)
Hello readers! I have started contributing articles to the Gradhacker website in order to share some of the things I learned in my first year of graduate school. This month I’ve written an article for those of you about to start graduate programs and how to choose the best laboratory rotations for your personality and interests.
Head over to Gradhacker and check out my new piece: How to Find the Right Lab Rotation
I’m happy to say that this week an article I wrote was featured on the Gradhacker website. This is a great site with a wealth of resources for graduate students ranging from how to navigate conferences successfully to how to de-stress and maintain your sanity during graduate school.
So, if you wish to get some basic guidelines on how to transition from an undergraduate to a graduate wardrobe please check out my article Dressing for Battle: Academic Armaments over at Gradhacker.