Supporting your success as a graduate student with tips, advice, and how-to guides.

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Guide to writing a conference proposal

Presenting at professional or academic conferences is a must for graduate students in most disciplines. Regardless of what career you are aiming for after graduation, the skills and experience you can acquire and practice by presenting at...

Attending conference sessions

In most academic disciplines, graduate students have quite a few opportunities and choices of conferences to attend. As a graduate students, attending conferences is important to network within your discipline’s scholarly community. Every...

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How to ask for a reference letter

There will be a few instances, maybe many, during your time as a graduate student when you will need a letter of reference from your supervisor or another professor. For example, some scholarship applications, award nominations, grant...

Learning and studying habits for grad...

Graduate students who are at least one year in to their program can all tell you that the way you are expected to learn and study as a graduate student is not the same as when you were an undergrad. Too many undergraduates are able to get buy...

Guide to building your own website

If you have already read my post about Why you need your own website, then you already know the advantages of having your own website as a graduate student. So, let’s get started in building your online presence. This guide is going to...

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How to write an abstract

t’s happened to me more than once. I’ve finished a manuscript to submit for publication and then I realize that I still need to write the abstract before I can submit it.  I hate writing abstracts. They’re famously difficult...

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Getting involved in grad school

No matter what school you attend, there are going to be many opportunities to get involved and build your personal and professional profiles. Conferences, lectures, department gatherings, and social events will call for your attention, and...

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Why you need your own website

You may not have thought about it before, but having your own website as a graduate student might be your most important tool for showcasing… well, you. We all know that every grad student needs a CV. CV’s are important to describe...

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Getting into grad school with low grades

You’re not the first person to have made mistakes during your undergraduate college years. You were young! Maybe the freedom you enjoyed by moving out of your parents’ home for the first time was too much for your younger self to...