Mentoring and network building will be addressed in the next Professional Development series from the Graduate School.
From Amazon’s description of Shimel’s book: “As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers. Success isn’t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader’s consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author’s years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension.”
“Writing Science” talk on Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Forestry G002. also, see Shimel’s science writing blog.
Shimel , a microbial ecologist, will also give a talk on”The Biogeochemistry of Drought,”t 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27). Both seminars will be held in the Noblet Forestry Building Room G002.
Choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions a graduate student makes in their career. Having an advisor whose goals support your aspirations is essential to ensuring your success as a student and young professional in your chosen field.
This article from the Journal of Higher Education illustrates some of the ways students can shape their advisor experience by putting their goals first and leveraging each other’s strengths to get the most out of the partnership. One idea, for example, is to ensure you get career feedback by asking for it. Although good advisors are willing to give this advice, most simply don’t have the time to plan to provide this feedback at regular intervals.
Finding support and taking responsibility for your graduate education are key to being successful in graduate school. This interesting article written by graduate students describes the formation of a peer support group, activities they found useful, and some of the challenges they faced. They also talk about how to “manage up” to get what you need from your advisor.
What have your experiences been with finding support among fellow students? Let us know in the comments!
Written in a (slightly) humorous fashion, and recommended by Dr. Andrew Storer, these “laws” for graduate students provide an overview of some of the guiding principles of being a graduate student.
For example, “Your vacation begins after you defend your thesis,” and “Your adviser wants you to become famous, so that he/she can finally become famous.” remind me that it is hard work to complete a thesis, and that your advisor really does want you to succeed – even if it might be for selfish reasons!
As we start a new academic year, this column from the Chronicle of Higher Education reminds us that although it’s important to work hard, don’t forget to make time for yourself. We all need to participate in activities that bring us joy outside of academics.
The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a series of patent and trademark searching workshops open to all Michigan Tech students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff, as well as community members not affiliated with Michigan Tech. Continue reading
Students interested in academic careers will find this article filled with helpful tips about interviewing with administrators. It discusses what to expect and how to prepare.
Faculty interviews often take place over one or two days, and contain multiple components. Preparing for the interview properly and knowing what to expect can help you be more successful and less stressed.
The American Society of Engineering Education recently published a short article, “Tips for a Winning Research Proposal.” This clear article gives concrete tips and additional resources for common pitfalls to avoid when preparing a research proposal. For example, did you know that for some agencies, half of the research proposals are rejected simply because they didn’t adhere to the proposal requirements? These tips could help your proposal be funded. These tips can be applied to fellowship proposals as well as research proposals.
This article from Slate discusses the hiring process in the humanities. Although targeted to the humanities, the timing of job searches and the types of materials requested are similar for most academic job searches. Read this with a bit of thick skin, as the comments are fairly harsh about the whole process.