Right now I am in the midst of being a teaching assistant for the Proseminar course in our doctoral program. As part of my duties, I was asked to show my favorite research finding tricks. Naturally, I crowdsourced my suggestions and through this process I found that not many people were […]
Attending conferences, as a presenter or otherwise, is an important part of establishing an academic identity. It allows you to keep up with current trends and research in the field, make connections and network with other academics, and provides a space for conversation with likeminded scholars. But conferences can be intimidating, especially if you are […]
Myra Ann Houser is a doctoral candidate in African History at Howard University in Washington, DC. She blogs about the dissertation-writing process, current events, life in Washington, DC, and related issues at myraramblings.wordpress.com and tweets as @myramt.
In the spring of 2008 I stood on the lawn in front of the president’s house at the College […]
At THATCamp CHNM this year, Mark Sample proposed a session on “Building a Better Blogging Assignment”. Those present shared their experiences from assigning blogs in past courses and also exchanged models and ideas for assignments that best fit their course objectives. Some use blogs in seven week online courses, while others have incorporated […]
Jill E. Kelly is a soon-to-be PhD in African History at Michigan State University. In the fall she will commence a tenure-stream position at Southern Methodist University. She doesn’t really tweet @jekjek19.
Most of us have been there. Standing in line at the annual conference of [insert national association of scholars of some discipline […]
For the past couple months I’ve been planning a trip to Rome, Italy. Sounds wonderful right? Wrong. I’m here doing some pre-dissertation research that will be pivotal to not only writing grants but doing my dissertation proposal this Fall (you can read about what I’m working on at my blog: Bones Don’t Lie). This […]
In our teaching roles as graduate students, we often are called on to assess students’ participation in classroom activities like discussion; often, this evaluation assumes the form of assigning an actual grade to such effort.
As I look back on my graduate school career (yes, I successfully defended my dissertation last month!), one constant stands […]
This is a guest post by Eva Lantsoght, PhD student in Engineering at Delft University of Technology, she also blogs on her website http://phdtalk.blogspot.it/ and tweets @evalantsought
For most graduate students, writing papers and a dissertation is one of the more dreadful parts of the research process. Writing, and organizing your thoughts in such a way […]
A few months ago, I wrote a GradHacker post on studying for comprehensive exams. This post is a follow-up, with suggestions on how to successfully write the exams themselves.
So you’ve finished studying for your comprehensive exams, and now it’s time to sit down and actually write them. I know, it’s terrifying. But I […]
Jamie is a Higher Education and Student Affairs M.Ed. student at the University of South Carolina. She works in academic support and has a special interest in academic recovery and retention initiatives. Her twitter handle is @jacorcoran.
For most of us, the days of long and leisurely summer vacations are likely over. But after […]
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