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Updates: Gradifying this Summer and some Exciting Changes

Hi everyone! This is a short update post to let you know about a few changes with Gradifying and where it’s going: We’re taking a brief summer hiatus and we’ll return in time to get you prepped for the new

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What to Do in Kingston This Summer Redux

For the next series of posts, we’re going to retrieve those topical gems hidden in the sands of time, before going on a short hiatus and then resuming in August. I had annotated the post below with new information, updates,

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Our Woman in Russia: Anastasiya Boika on Researching Abroad


This next series of posts is going to be made up of guest writings and interviews with people who have experience with topics that the Gradifying team hasn’t written about as much as others. Today we’re starting off with the topic of studying

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What do you do to prepare for grad school? (Or: What do you wish you knew going in?)

Michelle Rowland, also the recipient of Queen’s Student Alumni Association
Volunteer of Distinction Award, was recently profiled by former Gradifying writer Atif Kukaswadia in Queen's research magazine E-Affect on her summer research fellowship on religion and spirituality in the workplace (supervised by Dr. Richard Ascough, director of the School of Religion).

I spent part of my weekend this past week at the March Break Open House trying to woo prospective undergraduate students to the School of Religion with the help of some very accomplished current upper years. Our table was undeniably

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Creative Outlets

We hope you all had a wonderful Reading Week, whether for you that means a vacation, a brief respite from teaching, or just a quieter Kingston. In this next series we’re going to be discussing some “life hacks,” with a

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What makes your best big class?


Keeping on our teaching theme, this is one for the Teaching Fellows and TAs out there, and those aspiring to teach. At the beginning of a course I do a “best & worst classes” exercise where the students have the opportunity

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Addressy Occasions: On Greetings and Titles in Email

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Happy end-of-classes to those of our readership who are teachers, students, and both at the same time! As you know, we always take a couple of weeks off around the Winter holidays each year, so look forward to another post

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How to Choose a Supervisor Wisely

The stars represent the universe of knowledge. It's a visual metaphor.

This week I’m following up on Dustin’s post about (net)working smart, not hard, by reflecting on what it means to make a good or a bad choice on the core of your network: your supervisor. Last week Dustin used the

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Career Week for the Digital Age

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Career Week: October 19-23, 2015 – register here You probably keep hearing about Career Week – maybe you’ve heard your colleagues talking about it, or maybe you’ve seen posters about it on campus. You’ve definitely received emails alerting you to

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Learning a New Language – Guest Post by Dr. Erin Clow

Erin Clow

Last week guest blogger Dr. Erin Clow, of Queen’s Equity and Human Rights Offices, told you what kinds of experiences you can get as a graduate student to prepare you for an alt-ac career. This week she explains how to

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?