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Hidden Spots Around Queen’s Campus

An exhibit at the Museum of Health Care

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a volunteer judge for the Kingston Regional Heritage Fair. It was such an inspiring experience to listen to young students from a range of grades passionately discuss their historical topics at

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Taking Advantage of Nature In/Around Kingston

Making friends on Big Sandy Bay Beach, at Wolfe Island

It’s beginning to feel more like spring! Exams are done, and hopefully all the marking you have had to do is finished as well. For those of you sticking around in Kingston summer, I’m sure you’ve already noticed the libraries

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Battling the Snake: Surviving your Defense

Photo from Heather Merla's research from the Grotta Grande, Boboli Gardens

In Luke Burn’s 2010 article entitled “The ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your Thesis Defense”, he describes the battle that all successful PhD students must go through. In case you didn’t know, university guidelines require PhDs to defeat a snake. These

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Something a little DIFFerent: The Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival

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For this week’s Gradifying post I’ve decided to talk to the Society of Graduate and Professional Student (SGPS)’s International Commissioner, Atul Jaiswal, to hear more about an exciting event coming up – the Diversity & Inclusion Film Festival, and learn

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Help Beyond Grad School: Finding Your Mentor

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How to find a mentor may vary depending on your field, but across the board it is a universally necessarily asset in order to get connected to people in your field and for getting a head start on your job

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Coffee and Cramming: Cafes Around Kingston to Study In

Interior of The Juniper Cafe

Graduate work can often be isolating; whether it’s long hours in the lab, in the library or in your home office pouring over books, experiment results or excel sheets. Sometimes a change in your work space is much needed and

Posted in General, Holidays, Kingston, Productivity, Staying Well, Student Perspective, Teaching, Thesis, Uncategorized

Tech Tips: Making your life as a graduate student a little easier

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Classes are well underway, essays are due, tests needs to be marked and your own research still needs to get done somehow on top of that. How do you keep it all organized? It can be a difficult task to

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The 101 on the SGS and the SGPS

Welcome to the SGS!

Having worked at the front desk of the SGPS office since this past February, there’s a question I’ve heard surprisingly often. Is this the SGS office? Though the SGPS and the SGS have very similar names and both cater to

Posted in General, New Students, Orientation, Professional Development, Skill Development, Uncategorized

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