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Gradifying Grows! & Some Musings on the Importance of a Local Watering Hole

Good news! Congratulations to Amanda Tracey (PhD candidate, Biology) and Rachel Wayne (PhD candidate, Clinical Psychology) who are joining Atif and me* in bringing you experiences, events, and advice from our slices of grad life at Queen’s. We’re thrilled to

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Posted in Kingston, Student Perspective

Gone (Out of My Mind) Until Further Notice: A Comps Journal by Guest Contributor Rachel Wayne

Today brings us to the final of our four entrants, Rachel Wayne, who is in the sometimes-exhilarating and sometimes-agonizing throes of working toward her doctoral degree at Queen’s Department of Psychology in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing Lab.

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Posted in Student Perspective, Thesis

The Six Habits of Highly Deceptive People – Guest Contributor Elias Da Silva-Powell

Posting on Mondays makes me aware of the number of these days which are considered holidays in order to form long weekends. It’s a great example of an availability bias because no one would ever complain that there are too

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International Students’ Language Barrier – Guest Contributor Xiaoqian Liu

Our second entry, a lovely piece by Queen’s 3MT winner, Xiaoqian Liu.

Posted in International, Student Perspective

What Makes Grad School Worth It? – Guest Contributor Amanda Tracey

Here’s the first of the submissions we received and the second guest piece from Biology’s Amanda Tracey. Follow the many links and be richly rewarded with GIFs, arguably the cultural focal point of today’s emerging community of scholars.

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3-Minute Trips Down Memory Lane

Our last update came just before the Ontario Provincial Championships of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. It’s since passed and I’m happy to report that it was incredible fun. (For fuller coverage of the event, see my article on

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Believing in the Business (of Research): Why Being Self-Directed Might be a Little Like Being Self-Employed

I don’t remember how it was that we ended up deciding to post on Mondays, but today, the least loved of the weekdays really outdid itself – there were fat red-breasted robins, there was sunshine, and when I grudgingly took

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Thoughts for a New Semester: A Trick of Perspective

And so it is we’ve found ourselves again in the last week of classes for the Winter semester, which means that, although grad school is a year-round affair, the comparative lull called Summer is upon us. The current weather suggests

Posted in New Students

Updates & Announcements: 3MT Winners Gear up for Ontario University Championship and Gradifying Seeks a New Writer

We have some exciting news to bring you this week… Gradifying is looking for a new writer! Gradifying, the student blog of Queen’s School of Graduate Studies, seeks to fill the spot left vacant by the soon-to-be graduated Megan Bond

Posted in Events

What my students taught me about theory

I just finished a half-term teaching fellowship in the Department of Philosophy. It was my first time instructing a course and I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity. I expected that it would be an intense learning curve –

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