Category Archives: graduation

Discussions related to the graduation transition, either into or out of the PhD program

What is this “Graduate School thing” again?

Recently a former REU student stopped by to tell me of her plans. She will graduate within the next semester and plans to attend graduate school afterwards. But she told me something surprising: she really doesn’t know what one does … Continue reading

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The First Year: Filter The Noise

Throughout my life I’ve always anticipated transitions with apprehension. I distinctly remember entering ninth grade nervous about the social climate, worried about the idea of taking final exams, and scared overall about the academic challenges ahead. These emotions were not … Continue reading

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Five suggestions to be a successful undergraduate

There are lots of things that undergraduate students can do to be successful. I have written a few here that I find very important and often neglected. See what you think.

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How Do I Find Money for Graduate School?

At many schools across the country, the Fall Semester is underway. (My university’s first day of classes was exactly three weeks ago.) That means many students are beginning their final year of college and wondering what the future holds. Well, … Continue reading

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The importance of paying attention to what was done before

It may seem obvious or second nature, but I often have to remind myself when working on something to make sure that I’ve taken a look at what was done before. I am going to provide a story to illustrate … Continue reading

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Negotiating an Offer

For those that are on the cusp of Phinishing and have had the fortune of receiving an offer from an academic institution, congratulations! If you have not had the opportunity to attend a workshop on negotiating, read on. Your first … Continue reading

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