Category: Succeeding in Graduate School

Articles about professional development and seminar announcements.

Day 1 of the Semester

Whether you are teaching this fall for the first time, or fiftieth time, there are some great tips in this article from the Chronicle about how to put your best foot forward on the first day of class.

Learn why it’s important and how to:

  • Be yourself-but a little bit better
  • Dress for success
  • Strike the right tone
  • Convey key information

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Conferences: Do Not Hide Under a Bushel

Whether you’re going to your first conference, or fiftieth, there are some great tips in this article from Tomorrow’s Professor to help you get the most out of the experience. A few tips on how to spend your time well at a conference, according to Christopher (2011) include:

  • Attend talks that will strengthen your specific research topics.
  • Attend talks that will broaden and enhance your research.
  • Learn how to have fun at the conference venue.
  • Interact with peers from other universities and organizations. Networking with your peers pays huge dividends. Peers today,
  • leaders tomorrow!
  • Finally, set aside some time to talk to potential mentors and some of the icons of the field. Most senior researchers enjoy interacting with graduate students.

Graduate School Is a Means to a Job

It’s easy while you’re in graduate school to forget that there is a goal at the end – to get a job.  It’s wise to start planning your career before you even begin graduate school so you can stay on track to beginning your career.  This article from the Chronicle describes the three stages of career planning for graduate students:

  • Before you begin graduate school,
  • Early time in graduate school, and
  • Final time in graduate school.

Find great advice to help you achieve your career goals.

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Grim Job Talks are a Buzz Kill

This article from the Chronicle discusses five of the biggest mistakes candidates make when presenting a job talk at a university.  You’ll learn:

  • Why identifying your audience is important,
  • What committees are looking for when they evaluate your talk,
  • How to tailor your topic to your audience,
  • How you can demonstrate your teaching ability while giving a research talk, and
  • How to deal with the unexpected.

This article will also be helpful for students working on a seminar for their department or defense.  These are great opportunities to practice your speaking skills and get feedback from your peers.

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