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The SGPS Student Advisors

This title puts me in mind of a caped task force. I don’t know if they wear the rad outfits, but they certainly fight injustice. This week, Victoria Millious, of the SGPS Student Advisor Program, brings us a guest spot

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Science and Storytelling

A short post today, as I know everyone is busy, and the time you spend reading could be better spent listening to me in the YouTube video above I was fortunate enough to speak at TEDxQueensu last semester. For those

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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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Higher Education Humour!

While the tradition of oral storytelling has been replaced by the email forward or Facebook message, the idea remains the same. We pass down stories from generation to generation, from postdocs to PhDs to Masters students and onwards. And now

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Reference Letters: Who to ask and how to ask for them! Liz Lemon helps us out

At some point in your graduate education you’ll have to ask for a letter of reference. It might be for a funding application (see my previous post) or it might be for another program (med school, law school, PhD programs

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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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Questioning Comps & Quals

In Cultural Studies, we have “qualifying exams” instead of “comprehensive exams.” As far as I know, the different nomenclature has to do with the nature of my program, which bills itself as distinct from other approaches to the study of

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?