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5 Tips on Communicating Your Research Effectively

One valuable skill to acquire during graduate studies is effective communication of your research to audiences within and outside your field of study. There are many instances in your graduate school experience when effective communication will be important such as presentations (PowerPoint, poster, oral), grant writing, and general communications with peers/colleagues. [Image Description: Kris Jenner...
By Crystal Hua | | Academics & Research

GradQuant Programming for Fall 2022

It’s the beginning of fall quarter and GradQuant has a swell lineup of programming to jumpstart your year. When it comes to data analysis, GradQuant is a valuable resource for UCR graduate students and postdocs. If you’re not familiar with GradQuant, here is an introduction to our staff and services. GradQuant Consultants At the core...
By Jason Chou | | Academics & Research
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Best Practices for Cleaning and Storing Data

Friends, As the next academic year approaches, many of you will begin to produce, store, and manage large amounts of data. Researchers generally have a basic idea of what they want to do with their data after collection. For example, they may want to conduct specific statistical tests, they may want to make plots, or...
By Matt Arthur | | Academics & Research

Level Up Your Writing: 3 Ways to Gamify Your Writing Practice

Let’s play a game. Let’s say that I need to get a chapter of my dissertation done, but I’ve been unmotivated for the last few weeks. Whenever I try to sit down and write something: poof. All the words and ideas vanish like socks in the dryer. I’ve tried goal setting, but that doesn’t quite...
By Leah Washburn | | Academics & Research
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The GWC is open for summer!

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is now open for summer for all your writing needs! We are here to help you throughout any step of your writing process, whether it be brainstorming a first draft or refining a hopeful final draft. [Image description: A man leans around a computer monitor and waves hello.] Pictured: Us...
By Lauren Hammond | | Academics & Research
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Maintaining a Writing Practice Over the Summer

Summer is finally here, and it’s a great opportunity to recharge and refocus your goals. While it’s tempting to make very ambitious plans, it can be easy for time to slip away without the structure of the regular academic year. Luckily, there are ways you can organize your summer break to meet your writing goals...
By Shaafi Farooqi | | Writing, Academics & Research
Summer

Summer Resources at GradQuant

Friends, As GradQuant’s Lead Consultant, I have had the privilege of working with many people in our graduate community over the past academic year. I want to personally thank everyone who used our services in 2021-22. It is an honor to be invited into the process of your research. With the year drawing to a...
By Matt Arthur | | Academics & Research
Summer

Sign Up for Summer Support Programs!

Believe it or not, summer is almost upon us! It's been yet another eventful academic year, and I think we're all looking forward to the change of pace summer will bring. Whether you're planning to hang out in Riverside or finally go on that research trip that's been delayed for over two years, GradSuccess has...
By Alexis Smith and Jason Chou | | Academics & Research
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Blooming Towards Your Degree in Spring

Welcome to the season of spring. The smell of flowers blooming in the air, sunny skies, and a sea of emotions. Let us not forget that that for many graduate students spring can be a stressful yet exciting time. Many of us are wrapping up coursework, finishing up a thesis, defending a dissertation, trying to...
By Nathaly Martinez | | Academics & Research, Wellness

Conferencing Skills

As we enter the new quarter, you may be preparing to attend your first (or third, or twelfth) conference. Whether these conferences are in person, online, or hybrid, you may find yourself looking for some tips and tricks. Here is a breakdown of what you may want to keep in mind before, during, and after...
By Nina Mandracchia | | Academics & Research, Professionalization

Resources for Quantitative Analysis: At UCR and Beyond

Friends, It was nearly 100 years ago that R.A. Fisher, a founder of contemporary statistical thought, published Statistical Methods for Research Workers (Fisher, 1925). This popular and deeply influential book explains data science in a way that is accessible to practitioners, both in the early 20th century and in the modern day. At the time...
By Matt Arthur | | Academics & Research

Tips for Working Effectively in Teams

Friends, Effective teamwork is critical in nearly all walks of life. As students, many of us have participated in group projects with varying degrees of enthusiasm. As instructors, we are often required to organize and facilitate group work among our students. As professionals, we may need to work with colleagues in labs, conferences, and other...
By Matt Arthur | | Academics & Research, Teaching
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Register for the Spring Break Write-A-Thon!

Spring Break is rapidly approaching! With it, comes a chance to reset after this somewhat tumultuous winter quarter and mentally prepare for spring. How will you use this down time? Naps and Netflix? A mid-week getaway? Or, how about a chance to finally buckle down and focus on writing? [Image description: Peter, a character from...
By Alexis Smith | | Academics & Research
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Writing Groups for Grad Students

As grad students, it’s hard to balance everything on our plates and schedule time for writing every week. [Image Description: Phoebe Buffay from Friends sitting on the couch at Central Perk. She says “Shhh… I’m swamped right now!”] Pictured: Grad students every day… Writing groups can be a great source of accountability, support, and encouragement...
By Shaafi Farooqi | | Academics & Research
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GradQuant Programming for Winter 2022

What is the best way to statistically analyze your data? Why is code not doing what it is supposed to do? Where is that bug? If you need help with data analysis, statistical methods, computer programming, and more, come to GradQuant! GradQuant offers training to UCR graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on basic and advanced...
By Yelda Serin | | Academics & Research
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Back to Campus (In Part) with GradSuccess

Wondering what Fall events will look like as begin transitioning back to campus? Here's the scoop on where, when, and how to access GradSuccess programs and services in the coming months.
By Hillary Jenks | | Academics & Research, Non-Academic Life, Wellness
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How to Thrive as a First-Generation Graduate Student at UC Riverside

You've already overcome the challenges of navigating your undergraduate degree as a first-generation student - go you! But that doesn't mean that graduate school will always be easy to figure out. Here's our guide to thriving as a first-gen graduate student at UCR.
By Carlos Galan | | Advice, Academics & Research, Non-Academic Life
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PhD Spotlight: Kyla Rankin

In the latest edition of our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series, we are chatting with Dr. Kyla Rankin, who has just completed her PhD in Psychology.
By Hillary Jenks | | Advice, Academics & Research, Teaching, Mentoring
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PhD Spotlight: Jessica Tingle

Our annual summer PhD Spotlight returns! This week we are chatting with Jessica Tingle, who is just completing her PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.
By Hillary Jenks | | Advice, Academics & Research, Non-Academic Life

Tips to Keep Your Writing Going in Summer

Keeping your momentum going into summer can be hard, but here are a few suggestions to help design a summer writing plan that will work for you. Step 1: Make a plan. Some people look to summer as a time to relax, wind down and forget about academia for a little bit. Others see summer...
By Kelly Bowker | | Advice, Academics & Research