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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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Conference season is here (so are the Ontario 3MT finals… and we have a Dr. in the house)

Conferences happen throughout the year, but summer is a big season for conferences. Here at Gradifying, we want to start spring off right, and talk about all things conference-related. But first… A huge congratulations goes out to Master’s student Chenman (Cara) Yin

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Posted in Finances, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

Career Planning & Grant Season

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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Concrete Planning Tools (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Daytimer)

Speaking of travel, on the heels of Rachel’s last post, I’ve been away myself for a few weeks circumnavigating Mediterranean with my wife. Most recently I was on Turkey time, which is why I’m posting at such an odd hour;

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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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So you’re about to become a Teaching Assistant…

Last week we had a great guest post about the TA union PSAC 901, so this week I thought I’d keep the theme going with some thoughts about things to consider from the perspective of working as a TA. This

Posted in Finances, New Students

Applying For Funding: Big Bang Theory GIFs and The Joy of Personal Statements

Applying for funding is a tough, but necessary, part of the graduate school experience. But luckily, I’m going to be writing about it in my post today, with GIFs from The Big Bang Theory! If you hope to continue in

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“Welcome! You’re now a card-carrying member of Queen’s” and “The argument from analogy: Even if the funding boat has sailed, it’s never too late to get back on the financial horse”

We’ve had a bit of a hiccup with this week’s intended SGPS post about grad Orientation, but we’ll be bringing that to you within the week. Instead, I’m bringing you a few highlights, reminders, and a reader question that could

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Thinking About Finances – The Bigger Picture Overview

A post about finances could go (even) long(er), so for now I’ll just attach a point or two to each of this hydra’s many heads and come back to some of them in the future when there’s more space to

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