PhD Survival

Expectations of a Grad Student

Graduate school in Biology is very different from undergraduate education, Medical School, Law School, or other professional graduate training programs. In graduate school, you will become your own teacher and your own motivator… Experiencing self-doubt is typical, and is best countered by keeping the lines of communication open between yourself and fellow students, and between yourself and your advisor.

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How I Chose a Grad School

A reader recently asked for an explanation “about choosing grad schools, taking the GREs, visiting campuses, speaking to potential advisors, and how you guys decided on where to go.” For me, to be honest, I think that I was astoundingly naive in my decision-making for where to go for graduate school.

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What Comes After Grad School

For many of us, grad school immerses us so deeply in first-hand laboratory research that we begin to think that that’s all there is, and when faced with either limited opportunities for postdoctoral and (later) faculty research positions, we become blind to our other options. Others simply want to get out of academia and don’t…

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Could You Learn Better?

Are you a visual, aural, read-write or kinesthetic learner? If you don’t know, it could be a good idea to find out. Changing the way you learn, study and take notes to suit your learning tendencies can allow you to learn faster and make your newly-acquired knowledge stay with you for longer.

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