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A few quick tips on getting settled in your department

Even though I was not new to Queen’s when I started grad school and had already spent 4 years in the Biology department, I had to re-orient myself in my new role as a grad student. Since August is all

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So you want to be an Epidemiologist…

Last week, my Gradifying co-author Amanda highlighted how her degree is structured. Today, I’ll be talking about the degrees offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are six factors that differentiate programs: the degree structure, courses, comps, research

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So you want a graduate degree in Biology…

Here at Gradifying we like to highlight the diversity of experiences in graduate school. We did just that over the past month in our “day in the life of” series. It was such a hit that we decided to do

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Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif

The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the

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Life in Grad School: a day in the life of Amanda

One thing that’s really neat about grad school is that the experience is different for everyone. The life of a grad student varies between schools and departments and even within departments. Here at Gradifying we are really intrigued by this

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Planning for the summer

This post may sounds a little premature to some of you. After all, it’s only March, we *just* changed the clocks and there’s still snow on the ground. However, before you know it summer will be on us and things

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You are your desk (or at least I am my desk)

I have a problem. There I said it. This is my problem- my comps (comprehensive/qualifying exam) are nearing and I must say my desk is a little out of control. I always thought there was a method to my madness,

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How to (Respectfully) Disagree (Or How to Argue Effectively)

Over the course of my graduate and undergraduate career, I have been in a fair share of debates. After all, debate and discussion is at the heart of scientific inquiry. These debates can take many forms, including conversation and peer

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On overcoming writer’s block

The setting is your office. You’re bathed in the dull glow of your computer screen, staring at a blank page in Word, trying to write a paper. Blink. Blink. The cursor is watching you, mocking you, laughing at your inability

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A journal: progressing forward

  I hope that the start of the winter term has been going smoothly for everyone and that everyone is surviving this crazy weather. I have spent a large part of this past week (our first official week back) putting

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