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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

On the eve of the beginning of dissertation bootcamp...

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

Most cover letter humour is about job cover letters, rather than journal submission cover letters, so just replace "I" with "my paper" and "koalafications" with "koala the aims of your journal"

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.

We've all been here, am I wrong?

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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It’s Year End, so We’re Popping Bottle (Posts)

Image Credit Dilcia Martinez

This semester we’ve been nothing if not practical over here at Gradifying, with September being dedicated to a series on professional development, October focused on grant writing and career events, and November spent on the actual application phase of job

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Writing the Job Letter: What’s Too Much Information?

It's not always obvious.

Building on our October series on career events, we’re going forward in November with some posts about the actual application phase of job seeking. Feel free to write to us with any requests! This is too loose to qualify as

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Pre-Post-Doc, Minimizing your Exit Wounds, and Finding the Cure for a Bad Case of Adjunctivitis

Campus optics in the fall.

Pre-Post-Doc, Minimizing your Exit Wounds, and Finding the Cure for a Bad Case of Adjunctivitis October is a long month, as you may agree, and so I’m popping in again this week before Dustin closes us off on the 27th

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Career Planning & Grant Season

A little cynical, but also a very real part of making a successful application (Image courtesy of Ross Mayfield via Flickr)

Pretty soon after orientation, we grad students have to start thinking much longer term–September and October are grant season for many of us and tomorrow (Sept. 30) is Queen’s Career Fair, which comes just ahead of Career Week (Oct. 14-17th).

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GPS launch: Get your professional development skills at MyGradSkills.ca

Multi-tools for multitasking

Today is the day that a new online tool becomes available to grad students in Ontario. It’s a set of free self-paced professional development “courses” collected under the banner of MyGradSkills.ca. Queen’s, in fact, has been instrumental in developing some

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Today’s Welcome and Resource Fair

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I missed the pancakes, but I didn’t walk away empty handed. The Bartlett Gym (Physical Education Centre​ [PEC]) was packed this morning as I joined the standing-room-only crowd for a presentation by key Queen’s figures including Ann Tierney (Associate Vice-Principal

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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?