Tips and Tricks
Weekly Roundup: October 26
In this week's roundup: Join AcWriMo for a boost to your academic writing goals; tips for conferences, networking and the academic job hunt.
Future Grad Students
- Gradhacker: When Rejection is a Good Thing
"The best thing that ever happened to me was the day the graduate program of my dreams, the one I thought for sure I had the best shot at, the one that represented all of my aspirations, THE PROGRAM, rejected me for admission."
Grad Student Life
- Guardian: Academic blogging: the power and the pitfalls – live chat
"The higher education blogosphere is sometimes caught between a rock and hard place, accused of narcissism on the one hand and of being an institutional echo-chamber on the other." (The live chat is recorded in the comments.)
- PhD Talk: Powerposing to boost your conference presence
"As an introvert myself, going to a conference can feel like a daunting task, but I recognize myself very much in Brooke's story."
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Does this Lab Coat Make Me Look Fat?
"A response to a post by a prominent neuroscientist: "My impression of the Conference of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually high concentration of unattractive women. The super model types are completely absent."
Writing and Research
- patter: is there a format for a thesis?
"There is a format for the thesis and it goes like this – Introduction, Literature review, Methods, Report of research findings, Discussion and conclusion. ... But it’s not the only way to construct the thesis text."
- Clamorous Voice: Why writing from day one isn't nuts
"I can only speak from my experience, as an English DPhil student at the University of Oxford, but I’ve found it essential to write as I go, for the following reasons ..."
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Scholarly Publishing's Gender Gap
"What we've done is assemble this huge collection of data across many of the major scientific, social-science, and humanities fields, providing a new lens for looking at how gender plays out in scholarly authorship ..."
- Thesis Whisperer: Why I changed my mind about #acwrimo
"#Acwrimo is like a giant, global academic, aerobics session. It’s designed to help you push yourself to produce more than usual, but for a short period of time."
- Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo): Google Docs spreadsheet with goals from around the world
- Sound and Fury: Everyone (in academia) needs an Acadominatrix
"Most researchers love research but finding the time and energy for serious writing is a real problem. We write all the time. But no amount of emails, blogposts and tweets will get you tenure (or whatever the local equivalent)."
- Thesis Whisperer: Screw You, Thesis!
"Sure, I had my moments of doubt about the quality of my work and the worthiness of my contribution, but from what I can gather, this is all pretty normal stuff. After all, it’s not until the examiners have given it the Big Red Tick do you know with any certainty how good it is."
- Profhacker: Hacking the Academic Job Cover Letter
"‘Tis the season of the academic job search. Thousands of job candidates are putting together applications, hoping to make an impression on search committees." (Don't forget to read the comments.)
- Chronicle of Higher Education: Your Official Job-Application Checklist
"For the novice, the logistical challenges of an academic job search can be exasperating, especially when dozens of applications are involved."
- Inside Higher Education: Conversational Rapport
"For all that is written about job interviews, very few people address the question of rapport, and with good reason — it is the most nebulous characteristic of any interview."
- Guardian: Networking and flexibility: finding and applying for jobs in academia
"Make the most of your supervisor's contacts, training opportunities and careers support." (See also our new section for professional development for SFU grad students.)
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