Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grad students are looking for university support to help prepare them for careers outside the professoriate.

Another article from University Affairs.

Skills that PhDs need for their job is a critical issue for universities

See this article from University Affairs

Grad Student Members Needed for the GSLI Committee

We’re currently seeking two new student members for the GSLI at either the Master’s level or Ph.D. level. We need one person from the Humanities and one from the Sciences, and one of the two new members should be an international student who speaks English as a second or additional language. If you’re interested in services for grad students, or you’re thinking about a career in academia and would like some committee experience with a group that’s friendly, informal, and most importantly functional, then please consider joining us – we meet about three times each semester. You must be available to attend at least two of these fall meetings: Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 10am; Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2:30pm; and Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 9:30am. Email gsli@uoguelph.ca and be sure to include your level and department.

Friday, July 10, 2015

PhD student experience “dehumanizing,” says ASHE president-elect


Studying for a PhD can be a “dehumanizing” and “humiliating” experience, according to Scott Thomas, President-Elect of the US Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In his recent talk at the annual conference of the UK Council for Graduate Education, Thomas highlighted the need for greater socialization and social support systems for graduate students. While he admits that doctoral programs “should be a challenging experience,” Thomas added that these programs are “needlessly isolating” in their disregard for promoting social relations between their students.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


From academica top ten on June 4, 2015:
"According to Conference Board of Canada data, less than 20% of PhD graduates find careers as tenure-track professors. However, this may not mean that universities are producing too many PhD graduates. Conference Board researcher Daniel Munro says that "if the purpose of a PhD is to train people for academia, then we produce way too many. By contrast, if you think the purpose of a PhD is to produce advanced researchers, then ... maybe we produce just the right amount." Munro suggests that the problem is not the number of PhDs, but that many PhDs are not well-prepared for careers outside of academia. Moreover, misconceptions held by many employers may make them reluctant to hire PhDs."
 Good thing you've got the GSLI!

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Survey Software Available



Qualtrics survey software is now available at no cost to University of Guelph students, staff and faculty.  As the gold standard in survey software, Qualtrics can be used for academic purposes - including teaching and research - as well as administrative tasks like e-voting and evaluations.

It meets all the requirements for the storage of highly sensitive (S3) data, with encryption over the entire survey cycle (collection, storage and analysis).  With robust online support and a web-delivered Quick Start program, users can learn the basics in a few short hours.  

In addition, the convenience of this mobile- and tablet-friendly software allows for real-time access to survey data.  

To create your Qualtrics account, or for support academic needs, please visit the Library websitehttp://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/get-assistance/maps-gis-data/web-surveys

Thursday, March 19, 2015

5 Classic Research Presentation Mistakes

A great article from The Thesis Whisperer on common mistakes people make when presenting research.

Such mistakes are:
     -Being too detailed with the data.
     -Spending too much time on the theory but not on the work.
     -Not explaining why the research is important.
     -Reading directly from the Thesis.
     -Being intimidated by question time.

Article by: The Thesis Whisperer

http://thesiswhisperer.com/2010/11/25/5-classic-research-presentation-mistakes/

Monday, March 16, 2015

Navigating the Academic Conference with Social Anxiety

Conferences are a great opportunity for networking, showcasing your work as well as learning from the work of others. While some may find socializing in a crowded place normal, others may be very uncomfortable in such an environment. The article offers tips such as how to prepare, how to be organized, and how to be comfortable while also stepping out of your own comfort zone to meet new people.

Navigating the Academic Conference with Social Anxiety
Article by Katie Shives

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/navigating-academic-conference-social-anxiety

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to ask for a reference letter.

Some helpful tips from University Affairs on asking a professor for a letter of reference. This article covers choosing the right person, how to prepare and the best way to thank them.

Article by: Adam Chapnick
www.universityaffairs.ca

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/how-to-ask-for-a-reference-letter/


Friday, February 20, 2015

What Does it Mean to Maintain Your Health

The article What Does it Mean to Maintain Your Health offers some great tips on taking care of your mental well being during graduate studies. This article highlights the importance of educating yourself as well as others about common issues facing graduate students such as impostor syndrome and negative perfectionism. It also addresses the importance of getting enough sleep.

Article by Kaitlin Gallagher

Gradhacker Industries Inc.

http://www.gradhacker.org/2013/10/09/what-does-it-mean-to-maintain-your-health/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

'Good' Hard vs 'Bad' Hard Research

This article addresses common difficulties in research that are both positive and negative. It gives advice on dealing with these issues.

'Good' Hard vs. 'Bad' Hard' by: Clio Andris and Lily A. Chylek.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Importance of a life outside school.

How a Rock Band Helped Save My PhD - A great read on the importance of maintaining a life outside of graduate school. Having an extra curricular activity that helps you unwind can end up making you more productive (get more done in less time).

Article from The Grad Student Way.

http://thegradstudentway.com/blog/?p=1865

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Managing Public Speaking Anxiety

Welcome back to the GSLI! I hope all of you have had a restful and rejuvenating break.

Do you ever get anxious when presenting in front of a large group of people? Here are some excellent tips by KD Shives (University of Colorado) on how to manage public speaking anxiety.

Article from Gradhacker Industries Inc.

http://www.gradhacker.org/2014/06/18/managing-public-speaking-anxiety/