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On dealing with setbacks in grad school

Once upon a time there was a grad student named Amanda. Between the time she started her PhD at Queen’s and the time it ended, nothing went wrong. Every experiment worked out exactly as planned, every manuscript she wrote was

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On giving constructive and helpful feedback

Last time I spoke about how to deal with negative feedback, and how you can cope with it. However, as you transition from undergrad, to graduate student, to senior graduate student (to life afterwards), you’ll be placed more and more

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Dealing with negative feedback

You know the feeling. You’ve spent the last month working on a manuscript/paper, have fleshed out your ideas, spent countless late nights editing and making things sound *just* right, and you’ve finally sent it in to your supervisor. This will

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On fostering the most important relationship in your graduate school career…

As a field biologist, I must say this summer has been a beautiful, albeit crazy one. In the last ten days in the field I have been wearing a winter coat while shivering, drowning in pools of my own sweat,

Posted in All, General, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

Gone (Out of My Mind) Until Further Notice: A Comps Journal by Guest Contributor Rachel Wayne

Today brings us to the final of our four entrants, Rachel Wayne, who is in the sometimes-exhilarating and sometimes-agonizing throes of working toward her doctoral degree at Queen’s Department of Psychology in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing Lab.

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What Makes Grad School Worth It? – Guest Contributor Amanda Tracey

Here’s the first of the submissions we received and the second guest piece from Biology’s Amanda Tracey. Follow the many links and be richly rewarded with GIFs, arguably the cultural focal point of today’s emerging community of scholars.

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3-Minute Trips Down Memory Lane

Our last update came just before the Ontario Provincial Championships of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. It’s since passed and I’m happy to report that it was incredible fun. (For fuller coverage of the event, see my article on

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Believing in the Business (of Research): Why Being Self-Directed Might be a Little Like Being Self-Employed

I don’t remember how it was that we ended up deciding to post on Mondays, but today, the least loved of the weekdays really outdid itself – there were fat red-breasted robins, there was sunshine, and when I grudgingly took

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Backup, backup, backup: Why you should use Dropbox

Before I start, remember that we are currently taking applications to become a blogger at Gradifying! Submit your application today to gradify@queensu.ca! With the end of the semester approaching and people frantically writing papers, or starting to assemble their theses/dissertations,

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Posted in General, International Study, New Students, Student Perspective, Thesis

Wanted: Inspiration

It’s official. I’ve applied to graduate. But I am not popping the champagne yet. Although I feel so close to the end I still feel so far away. Reason being, I have yet to complete my final masters project. I

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