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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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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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How to Tell if They’re Faking it: The Underbelly of Publishing

A desperate researcher's great temptation.

Here at Gradifying, we have been discussing the topic of academic publishing for the last three weeks. If you’ve engaged in the publication process, you’ve likely struggled with each of the issues that we’ve discussed: figuring out how to think

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… And Access for All?

Open Access (OA) journals have emerged as a contentious alternative to traditional paid-access (PA) journals.  The mission of OA journals is to increase accessibility and visibility of academic research; access of which would otherwise be limited to a small proportion

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Impact Factor: a Rant from a Non-Academic Perspective

The Impact Factor (IF) of a journal is a measure which reflects the average number of times a typical article (published in that journal) is cited, but often people equate the concept of impact factor with how important the journal

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A Really Long Short Year

Anything on your list?

I’m quite a fan of how 2014 rolled out for me. If there is fate, and fate is a person (or god, or alien, depending on which novels you have read more of), then fate would’ve nudged his/her/its buddy and

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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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