Blog Archives

Welcome to Graduate School!

Hello there! The SGPS Orientation flyer is being mailed out, and so we’re expecting lots of new people checking out the site and going through the archives. To make your life easier though, I thought I’d summarize some of my

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The Importance of Taking Vacations

I enjoy the summertime as a grad student. Things are more laid back. I get to focus on my research without the distraction of lab meetings, TAships, and committee meetings. Incidentally, it’s also usually the time that I like to

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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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Graduate Student Roundtable Part 2

Ed Note: I originally posted this on my blog Mr Epidemiology, but given that we’re in the midst of grad school application season, I thought it would be relevant to our readers. I posted Part 1 last week, and this is

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Graduate Student Roundtable Part 1

Ed Note: I originally posted this on my blog Mr Epidemiology, but given that we’re in the midst of grad school application season, I thought it would be relevant to our readers. I’ve included the first part of the roundtable

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Letters from the Half Way Point: Or, Three Things I’ve Learnt So Far.

Friend of the blog Travis has done regular thesis updates, and I think that updates from those in their PhD can be helpful for those considering or starting out with their graduate education. It gives you a a bit of a

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Guest Post: PSAC 901 or the TA/TF Union

This week Gradifying’s got a guest post from some students involved with the TA/TF Union. Thanks to Atif and the folks working with the union for bringing us a great piece that demystifies yet another grad school acronym. The Public

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Applying For Funding: Big Bang Theory GIFs and The Joy of Personal Statements

Applying for funding is a tough, but necessary, part of the graduate school experience. But luckily, I’m going to be writing about it in my post today, with GIFs from The Big Bang Theory! If you hope to continue in

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Hitting the Wall: The Graduate School Marathon

We’ve talked a lot about resources that are all available for new students, in terms of settling in, finances etc. What we haven’t talked about are things that might affect returning students or those who are approaching the end of

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Picking A Supervisor and Other Concerns

One of the crucial factors in graduate school success is a good supervisor. While some faculties mandate that you come in with an identified supervisor, others let you start your program and identify a supervisor several months into your degree.

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