Graduate education

Getting Started in a Lab

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New graduate students need to ask the right questions to pick the best place to work and launch their careers, writes Tom Daniel.

Time Management

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David Domke suggests a way for graduate students and others to think about balancing the demands of teaching, research and life.

Collaborating and Co-Authoring

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Joint authorship is a helpful way for young scholars to get started in publishing -- and Philip Howard describes the steps to take to ensure a successful start.

When Dreams Collide With Reality

To conduct a successful search for a position outside academe, Ph.D.'s need to confront their anger about feeling pushed out of the ivory tower, writes Christine Kelly.

Managing Large Writing Projects

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The keys, writes John Gastil, are having a sense of purpose and dividing up the work into parts you can manage.

Creating a Research Agenda

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Graduate students need to make strategic decisions about courses, professors and opportunities, write Justin Reedy and Madhavi Murty.

Non-Academic Interviews

Christine Kelly offers advice on how to act naturally as you shift career paths.

The Literature Review

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Nancy Rivenburgh writes that graduate students should consider its purpose before organizing and writing a crucial part of research papers.

Fast Tracking a Ph.D.

It can be done: Judy Beth Morris describes how she finished her doctorate in three years, and how you can, too (if the stars align).

Don't Stare at Blank Screen

I’m writing this column because: (1) I used to stare at a blank screen, and (2) I’d like to save you a modicum of misery while you are writing your dissertation. Truth be told, I don’t want to save you a modicum of misery. Rather, if you struggle with writing, I hope that you will learn to love writing (yes, this is possible!). If you already enjoy writing, I want you to increase your enjoyment and fluency.

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