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

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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...

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Do’s and don’ts of graduate...

he personal statement, or statement of purpose, is perhaps the most important element of a graduate school application. What makes it somewhat elusive is that there isn’t a formula to follow: instead, applicants have considerable freedom 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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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...

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Common grad student spending pitfalls and...

Grad school is a financially challenging time of life for virtually everyone, even if you’re being paid for your role as a student. Often, grad students find themselves overspending and even living beyond their means, but they have little...

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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...

Top ten tips to triumph at grad school

Why is it that some people seem to excel at grad school and others struggle? Some grad students seem to have it together. They enjoy coursework, ace their prelims/qualifying exams, write great dissertation proposals, have few (or no) mishaps...

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Taking online classes as a graduate student

Online education isn’t going away. It’s everywhere, and entire universities now exist solely in an online environment. Public and private brick-and-mortar universities are devoting time, money, and resources to expanding and promoting...

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Branching out of your program

Whether your goals in a graduate program are strictly academic or involve something beyond what school has to offer, it is never a bad thing to expand your activities and workload, especially by taking the skills you’ve developed in...

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Conference funding sources

Conferences are a great way for graduate students to build their academic and professional profiles, while also getting valuable experience for everyday activities. Whether you are presenting, chairing, or moderating a session, or just dropping...