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Summer Fun Havin’

The flowers are growing and leaves on the trees are no longer in their infancy, they’re teen-aged period of their life now.  The waft of warm air gets me thinking about new and more fun ways to put off those

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This summer, take a hike (for your brain)

Spring has indeed sprung, as most obviously noted by the mass orgies of midges that basically dominate the entire waterfront of Kingston.  If this is your first spring/summer in Kingston, these innocuous creatures won’t be around for very long, so get

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The Conference Games

We’ve been on the theme of one of the more fun parts of being a graduate student, conference-going, and we’ve been talking about using it as an opportunity for career development. Some of you out there can relate to competition,

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Planning for Your Future (conference)

Well I’m up this week to continue with our theme of conference season and the timing couldn’t be better.  I just got back from the Experimental Biology (EB) conference held in Boston.  EB is a massive conference… like 14,000 attendees

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The Great Divide: Work-Life Balance

It’s all the rage. Workplaces are saying they want it and applicants are saying they’ve got it. Here at Gradifying we’ve dedicated this month we’ve dedicated some discussion to this highly topical issue of work-life balance. In this post, we’ll

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Work-Life Balance: Defining Work vs. Personal Time

The balance between work and life for a grad student is generally tilted in the favour of school.  For a majority of time during my Master’s, my approach to work-life balance was as follows: grind away until all your work

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On the importance of having “work friends” outside of work (and a little bit about the 3MT)

3MT, or the Three Minute Thesis is back again at Queen’s! I had the privilege of competing in 3MT back in its first year here at Queen’s. It was an amazing experience that really got me thinking about my research

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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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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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