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MamáScholar Chronicles (Holiday Edition): Holiday Read Aloud Books

When my daughter is not in school, playing outside with her neighbor friend, making protest posters (mom and dad 4 $), or picketing on the strike line with her family, she is listening to holiday read along books. Not yet fully reading, but able to piece together her sight words (hence the back-to-basics protest sign)...
By Monique Posadas | | Non-Academic Life, Advice
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Best Practices for Networking in Graduate School

Friends, As the calendar year draws to a close, many of us will enjoy a break from classes as we reflect on the past year and anticipate the year to come. The holiday season is often a time to focus on relationships, as exemplified by the traditions of gift giving, service, and large, communal meals...
By Matt Arthur | | Advice, Professionalization
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Borrowing (Not Stealing) Teaching Techniques

“All good teaching is stealing.” Many of us have probably heard some version of that advice. A more accurate and generative aphorism, however, might go something like this: “all good teaching is borrowing, building, and giving credit.” One of the joys of teaching is realizing that you don’t have to design an exciting in-class activity...
By Anne Sullivan | | Teaching, Advice

Writing Academic Job Materials

If you are on the job hunt for faculty or other academic positions, it is never too early to start preparing your written materials. However, applying for jobs can be a tedious and daunting task. To help you in this process, here's a checklist of materials you may be required to submit: Curriculum Vitae Cover...
By Lauren Hammond | | Writing, Advice
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Looking Ahead to Academic Pathways Week

Are you thinking about continuing in academia after graduating? Do you feel uncertain about the prospects of entering the academic job market? Would you like to hear people sharing their experiences from moving into academia? If so, you are in luck, for this quarter we have an entire week dedicated to these very questions. I...
By Kristoffer Ekroll | | Professionalization, Advice
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Writing Letters of Recommendation for Your Students

As you settle into the rhythm of the new academic year, you may find yourself receiving requests for letters of recommendation from former students, research assistants, or others who have worked under your purview. Especially if you have never written one before, you may find yourself looking for some tips and tricks. Here is a...
By Nina Mandracchia | | Writing, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Patrick Thomas

We're closing out our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series with Dr. Patrick Thomas. Patrick has just completed his PhD in Plant Biology. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? I received my PhD in Plant Biology and focused on understanding alfalfa’s resistance to whiteflies. A significant chunk of my...
By Alexis Smith | | Advice, Professionalization

PhD Spotlight: John Haberstroh

In the latest edition of our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series, we are chatting with Dr. John Haberstroh, who has just completed his PhD in History. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? I completed my Ph.D. in History (Ancient Mediterranean) with a focus on ancient Greece in June...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Beth Kopacz

In the latest edition of our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series, we are chatting with Dr. Beth Kopacz, who has just completed her PhD in Ethnic Studies. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? I have a PhD in Ethnic Studies, with a focus on Asian American studies, critical...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Xiomara Forbez

In the latest edition of our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series, we are chatting with Dr. Xiomara Forbez, who has just completed her PhD in Critical Dance Studies. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? My PhD is in Critical Dance Studies and I’m currently spending the summer doing...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice
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PhD Spotlight: Bryan Scott

Bryan Scott worked in GradSuccess as the Teaching Assistant Development Program's Lead Consultant during the 2021-22 academic year. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? My PhD is in Physics and Astronomy. I work mainly on an observational technique called intensity mapping, where we make 3D continuous maps of...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Brittany Carlson

Brittany Carlson has worked in GradSuccess as both our University Teaching Certificate (UTC) Coordinator and a Graduate Writing Center consultant. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? My degree is in English. I study the history and culture of mathematics in Victorian and Edwardian literature. This fall, I am...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Sarah Murray

Sarah was a Spring 2022 Teaching Assistant Development Program (TADP) Coordinator but has also worked in many other GradSuccess roles over the course of her graduate studies. She has a very cute cat named Little Kitty. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? My degree is in Sociology, with...
By Alexis Smith | | Professionalization, Advice
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Looking Ahead to Teaching Careers Week

Spring is here and that means that the birds are chirping, the pools are heating up, and GradSuccess is hosting After Grad: Teaching Careers Week (TCW). For the uninitiated, this is a week full of virtual panels, workshops, and clinics that focus on different aspects of teaching and being part of the teaching profession. This...
By Kristoffer Ekroll | | Professionalization, Advice, Teaching
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Reflections from a First-Generation Woman of Color Graduate Student

Did you know that according to the National Center for Education Statistics approximately 21% of doctoral students who complete a degree are women of color (National Center of Education Statistics, 2016)? [Image Description: Boy crying after being asked “How is phd going?” and him responding “Great!”] Pictured: The morning after a night of grading final...
By Nathaly Martinez | | Support Services, Advice
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PhD Spotlight: Antara Chakravarty

We're closing out our annual Summer PhD Spotlight series with Dr. Antara Chakravarty. Antara has just completed her PhD in Plant Pathology.
By Hillary Jenks | | Professionalization, Job Search, Non-Academic Life, Advice
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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
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Resources for Summer TAs

Are you working as a teaching assistant or graduate student instructor this summer? Read on for resources to support you this summer, whether this is your first time teaching or your fifteenth!
By Sarah Murray | | Teaching, Advice