Navigating Graduate School

Graduate students are famous for juggling a number of priorities: classes, research, undergraduate mentoring or teaching, and department commitments to name just a few. Somewhere in there you have a social life too.

by Eric Hallstein, Michael Kiparsky & Anne Short.
Reprinted with permission from The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 14, 2009.

Here are some terms that apply to almost all graduate programs.

If you're new to graduate studies you may not be familiar with its language—those terms used to describe the processes and procedures unique to graduate education.

E-mail is an increasingly preferred tool for communication between students and faculty.

In Graduate Study for the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Gregory Colon Semenza notes that “poor time management and inadequate organization skills” often create the major barrier to a su

April 2011

Here are some important things to know when using MyRed.

Traveling to a research conference as a graduate student is expensive but priceless. To keep costs down, buy your airline ticket well in advance and try to share a hotel room with one or more of your colleagues.

A fellowship competition is held each year for current graduate students. The application Web site opens during the first week of December and closes the first week of February.

How do you analyze a book or an article (or other “physical information” sources) before you have the physical item in hand? First, examine the bibliographic citation—you’ll gain important information about its usefulness.