Found after the June convocation ceremonies. (There was nobody else around when I took this photo, but I think you can fill in the rest of the story.)

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Weekly Roundup: August 17

August 17, 2012

In this week's roundup: Grad student roundtable, advice for new grad students, one way to approach the post-graduation job hunt.

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Future Graduate Students

New Graduate Students

  • University Affairs: Recognizing the Five Stages of Academic Culture Shock and Five Practical Tips to Help You Beat Academic Culture Shock
    "When visiting another country, openness, flexibility and a willingness to dig into your emotional toolbox to solve problems are often needed to overcome culture shock. Academic culture shock is no different . . . tolerance for ambiguity, self-reliance, curiosity and warmth in human relationships all facilitate your progress as you adapt to the culture of your discipline in graduate school."
  • Western University: Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students: Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia
    "E-manuals for international and newcomer graduate students to familiarize them with the norms of communication in Canada and the United States. International students need to be familiar with norms about communication in order to be successful when they teach, communicate with their supervisors, and apply for jobs, as cultural differences exist in all of these realms." (Note: This is also useful for students with North American backgrounds who will be working with supervisors, peers, or undergrad students who have international backgrounds. It's free for SFU grad students; you just have to request it on that page. Read the sample chapters if you're not sure it's right for you.)

Grad Student Life

Writing the Thesis / Defending

  • ProfSerious: Survive-a-Viva
    "Before we start it is important to observe that the selection of examiners plays a critical role in the success or otherwise of a thesis examination. Your supervisor might reasonably be expected to discuss this with you. You should, in general, follow their guidance. They will know the people in the field and will have seen them in programme committees and editorial boards and hence, have a good sense of their orientation and temperament."
  • Stewart Lindh: Deadline (pdf)
    "For me, it’s the memory that surges up when I’m trying to comprehend galactic irony, or when I’m attempting to convince my students of the necessity to follow through. It concerns Roland Barthes, the great literary critic with whom I had gone to study in Paris in 1974. Only fifteen students were accepted into his weekly seminar that met in a 17th Century building on the Rue du Tournon – just down the street from the Luxembourg Gardens." (Note: Sad ending, and this won't happen to you, but please, meet your deadlines, and if you can't do that, talk to your supervisor and grad program staff as soon as possible.)

After Graduation

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: "Embrace Your Inner North Dakotan"
    "Now I turn to another variable in obtaining tenure-track or full-time employment in higher education: persuading yourself to appreciate different—not "lower"—standards for your first job. If you are seeking employment, not martyrdom, then a shift in how you view your potential employers is crucial."
  • PLOSone: How Academics Face the World: A Study of 5829 Homepage Pictures
    "We sourced 5829 pictures of academics from their University websites and found that, consistent with the hypotheses, there was a significant difference in the direction of face posing between science academics and English academics with English academics showing a more leftward orientation. Academics in the Fine Arts and Performing Arts however, did not show the expected left cheek forward bias."

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