Yearly Archives: 2012

Farewell 2012

Welcome, everyone, to our last post of the year! We’ll be back in 2013 bright eyed and bushy tailed, like so many scholarly squirrels…(?) By that time, our own Megan Bond, who is just about to submit her Master’s project,

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Letters from the Half Way Point: Or, Three Things I’ve Learnt So Far.

Friend of the blog Travis has done regular thesis updates, and I think that updates from those in their PhD can be helpful for those considering or starting out with their graduate education. It gives you a a bit of a

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Higher Education Humour!

While the tradition of oral storytelling has been replaced by the email forward or Facebook message, the idea remains the same. We pass down stories from generation to generation, from postdocs to PhDs to Masters students and onwards. And now

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The Pressure to Publish

It seems that the old ominous dictum “publish or perish” needs little updating to remain relevant to today’s emerging scholars. As many of us may have become keenly aware with the recent grant-writing season, there’s a lonely spot on our

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Project vs. Thesis: Choosing A Route For Your Academic Journey

This post is dedicated to all of those first year masters students who will come to that fork in the road at some point this year, when a decision must be made on which route to take on this academic

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Reference Letters: Who to ask and how to ask for them! Liz Lemon helps us out

At some point in your graduate education you’ll have to ask for a letter of reference. It might be for a funding application (see my previous post) or it might be for another program (med school, law school, PhD programs

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So you’re about to become a Teaching Assistant…

Last week we had a great guest post about the TA union PSAC 901, so this week I thought I’d keep the theme going with some thoughts about things to consider from the perspective of working as a TA. This

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Guest Post: PSAC 901 or the TA/TF Union

This week Gradifying’s got a guest post from some students involved with the TA/TF Union. Thanks to Atif and the folks working with the union for bringing us a great piece that demystifies yet another grad school acronym. The Public

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Mind Your (Mental) Health

We are well into the fall term and so far you might have “hit the wall”, struggled through funding applications, adjusted to a new environment, received your first marks of the term, or even searched (or is still searching) for

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Applying For Funding: Big Bang Theory GIFs and The Joy of Personal Statements

Applying for funding is a tough, but necessary, part of the graduate school experience. But luckily, I’m going to be writing about it in my post today, with GIFs from The Big Bang Theory! If you hope to continue in

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