Blog Archives

Welcome to Graduate School!

Hello there! The SGPS Orientation flyer is being mailed out, and so we’re expecting lots of new people checking out the site and going through the archives. To make your life easier though, I thought I’d summarize some of my

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Posted in General, Kingston, New Students, Student Perspective

When is a wedding speech like an academic presentation? 5 Tips to supercharge your next Powerpoint presentation

Public speaking is something that terrifies many people, and is one of the most common fears people have. The combination of nervousness, wondering if people will understand you and finally just having everyone focused on you is not a relaxing

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Favourite Dessert Places in Kingston – 2013 Edition!

On the encouragement of my colleagues, I have decided to update my post from last year where I detailed my favourite dessert places in Kingston. 1) White Mountain White Mountain is a Kingston staple. It’s been around for years, and

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Backup, backup, backup: Why you should use Dropbox

Before I start, remember that we are currently taking applications to become a blogger at Gradifying! Submit your application today to gradify@queensu.ca! With the end of the semester approaching and people frantically writing papers, or starting to assemble their theses/dissertations,

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Posted in General, International Study, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

Graduate Student Roundtable Part 2

Ed Note: I originally posted this on my blog Mr Epidemiology, but given that we’re in the midst of grad school application season, I thought it would be relevant to our readers. I posted Part 1 last week, and this is

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Graduate Student Roundtable Part 1

Ed Note: I originally posted this on my blog Mr Epidemiology, but given that we’re in the midst of grad school application season, I thought it would be relevant to our readers. I’ve included the first part of the roundtable

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Posted in New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

Science and Storytelling

A short post today, as I know everyone is busy, and the time you spend reading could be better spent listening to me in the YouTube video above I was fortunate enough to speak at TEDxQueensu last semester. For those

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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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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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Posted in Finances, New Students, Thesis
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