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The Conference You Wish Existed – A DIY Approach

I’ve been involved in conference planning before but this time is the first that I’ve actually come up with a conference that I wanted to make happen. It required me to take a chance on believing that “if you build

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Posted in Events, Finances

#CAF Crisis = #Work/Life Imbalance

This month we’re talking about work/life balance. Have you ever noticed that the formulation of this proportion (some work, some life – probably more work, but entitlement to at least some life) refers to the personal scale of individual experience?

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Posted in Jobs and Careers

Roundtable: Time-to-Completion Tips

On the heels of Dissertation Boot Camp we’ve decided to finish out the month by each answering the same question: In a lot (most?) of programs PhD students are often later than expected graduating. What has been the most useful

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Posted in General, New Students, Thesis

I Can Get In, I Can’t Get Out: A Final Reflection on Dissertation Boot Camp

Boot Camp has become like my phantom limb. Or else maybe I’m like some worker who has risen at the same time every day for 40 years and keeps getting up, getting dressed, and going through the motions of a

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On the Virtues of Peer Pressure or, Great Expectations

Did I say liveblogging? Well, yesterday I wrote all day and then went to the gym, made it home, ate, attended to a few details of home administration, and promptly fell asleep. Sleepblogging. I’ve accidentally left my notes from yesterday

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Do You Quit While You’re Ahead?

No, I’m not talking about academia in general. Don’t be so sensational. I’m talking about writing. At this morning’s Boot Camp motivational meeting Valerie Ashford, from the Writing Center, recommended setting time limits to your writing and then stopping at

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Office Hours?

Today was the first day of Dissertation Boot Camp (I’ve been talking of going to Boot Camp like Buster from Arrested Development talks about going to Army). The permission granted by this program to focus, without guilt, on your dissertation

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Happy Family Day and The First Verse of my Paean to Dissertation Boot Camp

Happy family day, dear readers. On this, the second most joyous day of February, I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be posting – probably a few times, probably it’s called something like “liveblogging” by those in the know

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Cover your bases

This week I’m continuing our series on publications by asking “what the hell is in a journal cover letter?” I was confused when I first had to write one of these. I felt I’d screwed up the courage to storm

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If hindsight is 20/20, what’s foresight? Fall in retrospect and the prospect of Winter.

Last month Amanda and Jeremy retrospected about Fall 2014 and prospected about Winter 2015, which is what Dustin and I are going to start this new month off doing.   When I think back to the past semester, one of

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