Tag Archives: Graduate school

Why don’t more panels fund Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants?

What if you write a proposal and get told it does not fit in this panel or in any panel for your kind of proposal? Wouldn’t that be frustrating? It is true that just writing the proposal is a very … Continue reading

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Journal club extended to research planning for students at the Gulbenkian in Portugal

Did you drift from one project to another during your first year in graduate school? Did your program have you do rotations? Did you continue something you began as an undergrad? Or did you simply join one lab, get on … Continue reading

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How to interview prospective graduate students

Graduate school is a very special place. In graduate school you should discover research areas so fascinating that probing them will sustain you for your life. What works for you will be a complex mix of intellectual area, techniques of … Continue reading

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Prospective graduate students, don’t make this mistake!

Just now I spent several hours reading through the application files of prospective Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology graduate students. Soon we will begin meeting to decide on an interview list. My first reaction when I read files like this … Continue reading

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Letters of recommendation – help me out!!!

You think we’ve worked well together, but when it comes time to ask for that letter of recommendation, you worry. Couldn’t I have done more? What does she really think of me? What about that time I skipped class, or … Continue reading

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Answer your students’ emails!

We all get tons of email. We all need some system to deal with it. That system should not include ignoring emails from graduate students in our own departments. A student should not have to send multiple messages. A student … Continue reading

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Don’t lose track of future co-authors

Sometimes a paper takes its time to be born. It could be years before the last tricky analysis is done, or before you decide exactly how to interpret messy data. If summer undergraduates collected those data and participated enough in … Continue reading

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