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Academic Pedal to the Metal … 5 Minutes at a Time

If we agree that the summer “break” started on April 25th (I just made that date up) and that class begins again on Sept. 14th (I didn’t make that up), then we are now 40.85% the way through the summer.

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Calling all Science Students – Destination Kingston: building an innovation cluster through talent growth and retention

Over the course of the last year, the Gradifying team has dedicated a considerable amount of attention towards employment-related resources including the non-academic job search, networking, personal branding, etc. In fact, since Sept. 2014, we have published 16 blog posts

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Staying on track while soaking up the sun

Elbow lake looking as beautiful as ever. Taken just this spring when I stopped in for a visit.

I think we can all agree that the summer offers (too) many distractions. The team here at Gradifying listed all of those distractions last month in our things to do in Kingston this summer series. While I strongly encourage each

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Summer Fun Havin’

The summer I'm looking for.

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)

Taken from: http://eeecos.org/Final/conference_guide1280.jpg

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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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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The Great Divide: Work-Life Balance

This is how I made most of my decisions until I was about 24.

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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