How (Not) to Screw Up In Grad School

Resources and Links

On Grant Writing

Some great tips for the grant-writing process

http://chronicle.com/article/Grant-Writing-Tips-for/125301/

Another great manual (from the US) on the art of writing proposals:

http://www.bu.edu/sociology/files/2010/12/SSRC-ProposalGuide.pdf

Tips on how to write a fellowship application:

http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Win-a-Graduate/46782/


The Job Market

Looking for a job? Waiting to hear back? Wondering if they’ve even scheduled interviews? The Sociology Rumor Mill can often provide ‘inside scoop’ information on the hiring process:

http://socjobs.proboards.com/

Here’s the ASA’s analysis of salary levels and trends for 2013-2014:

http://www.asanet.org/documents/research/pdfs/AY2013_2014_Salary_Survey_Brief.pdf

Here’s an article on finding jobs outside of the academy:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-PhDs-Guide-to-a/143715/?cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en

Here’s the job search portal on the University Affairs website:

http://oraweb.aucc.ca/pls/ua/ua_re

Here’s the job portal for the Chronicle of Higher Education:

http://chronicle.com/section/jobs/61


On Publishing

Here’s a great set of tips from a journal editor who has noticed common problems with submissions from those who are new to the world of academic publishing:

https://chroniclevitae.com/news/566-the-really-obvious-but-all-too-often-ignored-guide-to-getting-published

Here, someone has put together a nice format for structuring an articles that you are preparing:

http://wickedanomie.blogspot.ca/2008/03/academic-manuscript.html

A witty, book-length set of tips on how to bring your work to the wider academic community. The book focuses mostly on publishing, but also touches on conference presentations and thesis writing.

http://www.coltech.vnu.edu.vn/~hanv/graduate/howtowrite.pdf

How to serve your discipline by being a good peer-reviewer:

http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Write-an-Anonymous-Peer/131475/


Tips for Managing and Surviving Graduate School

Most schools provide counselling services and peer-support to help students who are struggling (at the University of Alberta, University Wellness Services offers a variety of services, from health services, to counselling, to a sexual assault centre, to safe spaces for sexual minorities: http://www.uwell.ualberta.ca/ ).

The following article from the Chronicle of Higher Education describes the emotional vagaries of graduate school and gives some advice on how to avoid thinking about grad school in unhealthy ways:

http://chronicle.com/article/FearLoathing-in-Graduate/129061/

This next set of advice comes from a biologist, but many of the points will apply well to the humanities and social sciences:

http://faculty.washington.edu/hueyrb/pdfs/advice.pdf

This was written by a first-year student and is designed to provide practical strategies for those just starting grad school:

http://www.nextscientist.com/online-tools-for-digital-scientists/

This blog covers all aspects of becoming an academic, from co-authoring, to choosing your grad school, to dissertation formats:

http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/category/grad-school-rulz/


To PhD or not to PhD?

Here’s a nice article from the New Yorker on the decision itself:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/04/graduate-school-advice-impossible-decision.html

A list of ten tips that people should know before starting a PhD:

http://www.nextscientist.com/graduate-school-advice-series-starting-phd/

Once you’re in, here is some sage advice for the newbie:

http://chronicle.com/article/Welcome-to-Graduate-School/148775/


On Time Management

So many people have written so much on this topic that you can waste a whole day going through it all—which precisely not the point. Below is a pared-down list.

Here’s a site that contains practical information discussing time management on weekly, monthly, and yearly scales.

http://gradschool.about.com/cs/timemanagement/a/tme.htm

Tips for avoiding procrastination, particularly for those at the ABD stage:

http://gradschool.about.com/cs/thesiswriting/a/diss.htm

A simple start-of-the-week planner that can be printed, scrawled upon, and posted above the writing desk:

http://gradschool.about.com/library/1pgweekpageplan.pdf

A brief article on the benefits of Evernote, Dropbox, and Mendeley—tools that can help you improve efficiency in grad school:

http://www.nextscientist.com/online-tools-for-digital-scientists/


Because we all need a laugh!

We all have to go through it, and – perhaps worse – we all have to go through dreading The oral defense takes on different forms from department to department, but according to this writer it always manifests as a snake at some point:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/faq-the-snake-fight-portion-of-your-thesis-defense

“Piled Higher and Deeper” comics”

http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/most_popular.php

A nicely illustrated book of bad arguments:

https://bookofbadarguments.com/

“Don’t make fun of grad students! They just made a terrible life choice.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqrCoyVK80I

So you want to get a PhD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obTNwPJvOI8

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