When you start grad school, you either receive or ask for a lot of advice, from friends, professors, parents, etc. But not all of what you hear is helpful. I talk about two pieces of advice that I’ve followed and which have had a big impact on my life so far.
The first year of grad school was a lot rougher than I anticipated. Not having any coursework was a bit of a double-edged sword. Less work, but also fewer opportunities to feel like I’m making progress.
The NSF GRFP awards were sent out last Friday, and I did not receive it. But my reviews are interesting, so join me as I dissect and address their comments and critiques.
As I’ve been reading papers, one of the things I’ve thought about is the different types of papers or articles a graduate student might be interested in writing and publishing. I decided to craft a “beginner’s guide,” if you will to the world of scientific publications : written by a beginner, for beginners, and edited by the experienced.
Parts 1, 2, and 2.5 were focused mostly on preparing for my talk and analyzing all my mistakes. Now it’s time to shift the focus
A friend went through my blog and pointed out specific things to not do next time. Most of it was stuff I knew but simply