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Take 5: Break Time

That's a wrap.

It’s time for Gradifying to take a little break, for five weeks. We have all had some fun exploring new issues and themes – as well as some old topics from new perspectives – that we hope have provided some

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Doing it Differently for the First Time

Upon reflection.

We did the year, we had May and half of June to recuperate, and here we are, reflecting. It brings me to a bit of a loss for words because, as I look down at this 7-year path behind me,

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The magic of gardening

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I have spent the better part of the last decade surrounded by the most incredible and interesting organisms on the planet — plants. My research, field methods and protocols have helped me learn to identify hundreds of different local species.

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What to Do When There’s Time for Doin’: Summertime Happenings in Kingston

All summer long.

At work during my residency, vacation talk is all the rage. Everyone’s talking about where they’re going to go, what they’re going to do … with their TWO WEEKS OF VACATION. Yeah, the real world. Grad school isn’t the real

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Giving thanks

My apologies for the late post this week everyone! I was in the field for 3 days teaching kids about field biology, and planting thousands of seed pucks, but alas I have returned to the city and am feeling… well,

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Reflections on Mentorship from the End of the Road

Mentorship at its finest.

We have made it to the end of another academic year. Almost. Maybe we don’t want to start celebrating too early on account of there’s still some marking to do, but if you’ve made it this far I’m willing to

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The Grad Student Parent

Livin' the dream

I confess, my intentions for writing this particular post were, at least, 50% self-serving. I have a 4-month old, I’m in my final year, and I’m trying to get through this game. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to

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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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Waging a war on FINE

Im fine

I came to a startling and dark realization during a recent conversation with a friend whose schedule was the most jam packed of any person I knew. I asked her how she was doing. She was listing the unfathomable amount

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Happy New Year – You’ve only got 3 minutes to save the world!

Anastasia Savrova -  3rd in Ontario 3MT last year! Photo credit: http://queensu.ca/3mt/

So maybe not save the world…but how about explaining your thesis? Could you do that in just three minutes? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so. Queen’s Three Minute thesis (3MT) competition is back this year. Queen’s 3MT

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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?