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Finding a balance in grad school

Striking the balance

Work-Life balance – the most fantastical and elusive concept in grad school. Two things we know for sure, 1) It is essential, 2) grad students are bad at it. How does this happen! Well grad students tend to say yes

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Resources galore – the SGS has your back!

This is my cat Meanie. Meanie is having trouble understanding what the SGS has to offer him. Don't worry all you Meanies out there. We've got your back!

Well, it’s here, folks! Another semester begins, and of course it has come in like a lion! About a week ago, I was getting ready for the SGS Welcome and Resource Fair. I was scheduled to give a little blurb

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Dissertation-writing Paradise

Me writing this post.

You may be reading the post right now because the title seems like a contradiction in terms. Some people enjoy diving head first into dissertation writing. … Perhaps I shouldn’t say that, because I haven’t yet met someone who was

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Meeting of the Minds: 5 tips for productive meetings with your supervisor

Student-supervisor meetings can take on many different formats. My personal favourite (in theory) is the peripatetic meeting, implemented by Dr. Ian Janssen in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Although I’ve never been on a walk, I think the

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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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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

Unplug the router, or, if you're feeling nostalgic for Office Space, smash the router.

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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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…

Spring has finally sprung... I thought I'd leave you on a happy note giving the looming rainy weather!

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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