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UCR Career Center Graduate Student Career Specialist

Writing a research paper? Not a problem! Book chapter? Done! Writing a blog? I have never done that! [Image Description: Vanessa Lee smiling at the viewer.] Pictured: The face of grad student career know-how When I was asked to write a blog post to talk about UCR’s Career Center and our services for graduate students...
By Vanessa Lee | | Advice, Professionalization

Navigating Uncertain Waiting Periods

We had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Kate Sweeny, a Professor of Psychology at UCR about her research, insight, and advice on navigating uncertain waiting periods. 1. Where did you get your undergraduate and graduate degrees? I got my Bachelor’s degree from a small college called Furman University, and I got my Master’s and...
By Kyla Rankin and Kate Sweeny | | Academics & Research, Advice

PhD Spotlight: Daniel Harmon

We had the opportunity to chat with Daniel Harmon, recent Ph.D. graduate in Developmental Psychology about his time as a student at UCR. Daniel shared his insight, experience, and advice on grad student life. [Image Description: Daniel Harmon smiling at the viewer.] 1. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing...
By Daniel Harmon | | Advice

Finding Support While Writing

I defended my prospectus at the end of March 2020, just before the pandemic started. The beginning of the pandemic was doubly stressful for me because of this; it felt like I should not only take care of my health and everything else by myself but that I should also write the whole dissertation. To...
By Marziyeh Kameli | | Advice

PhD Spotlight: Lauren Cappiello

We had the opportunity to chat with Lauren Cappiello, recent Ph.D. graduate in Applied Statistics about her time as a student at UCR. Lauren shared her insight, experience, and advice on grad student life. 1. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? I am in Applied Statistics and have...
By Lauren Cappiello | | Advice

Productivity Tip: Using social media to keep yourself accountable to your goals

Having trouble staying productive? Do you have goals but have trouble sticking to them? Here are some ways to stay accountable during these socially distant times! [Image Description: Mabel, from Gravity Falls, waves her arms up and down, the sleeves of her pink sweater hanging well past her fingers as she bobs her head back...
By Xiomara Forbez | | Advice, Academics & Research

Ph.D. Spotlight: Josh Dorsi

We had the opportunity to chat with Josh Dorsi, recent Ph.D. graduate in Cognitive Psychology about his time as a student at UCR. Josh shared his insight, experience, and advice on grad student life. Read on for insight and advice. 1. What did you get your degree in, and what are you doing now? My...
By Christina Trujillo | | Advice

Debate vs Discussion: Alter Your Word Choice to Change Outcomes

What do we teach students about life when they are asked to discuss rather than debate a topic? Before I dive into this perhaps philosophical, rather than practical question, it may be appropriate to explain how we are currently emphasizing discussion in the classroom and minimizing debate. I hope that by the end of my...
By William Ota | | Teaching, Advice

Do You Miss The UCR Library Too?

When UCR librarians shuttered the doors to the Tomás Rivera Library and Orbach Science Library to help contain the spread of Covid-19, my tears flowed freely and stained not a few pages of my overdue New Yorker. Even though this was the right thing to do for now and the foreseeable future, I miss wandering...
By Brian Stephens | | Advice

Open Source and Digital Publishing Tools

Are you interested in exploring open source and digital publishing options? This blog post will discuss the basics of open source, online publishing and digital publishing tools to help you share your research with a wider audience. While I learned about how these tools might be used in a digital humanities context – through the...
By Iris Blake | | Advice

Discovering the World Through Data Analysis

[Image Description: A man confused by a lot of math equations and had a hard time with calculations] Pictured: You, preparing your data analysis Data analysis is the process of cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to then extract information from that data. Nowadays, data analysis is widely used for decision making in many different areas...
By Lin Cong | | Advice

Teaching Careers Week 2020

Are you interested in exploring a teaching-focused career? Do you want to discuss pedagogical strategies, strengthen job application materials, or socialize with our Teaching Assistant Development Team? Then you’re in luck! There’s still time to register for Teaching Careers Week 2020, a full program of virtual events to support your professional goals with a specific...
By Beth Kopacz | | Teaching, Advice

Make an Educated Guess, Don’t Play Rotation Roulette

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're either in the middle of lab rotations or you recently completed your lab rotations. Choosing your dissertation lab is a paramount decision; it can have significant consequences on your time in your department, on your time at UCR, and on the remainder of your career. Deciding what...
By Patrick Thomas and Songling Chen | | Advice

Making the Transition From Campus to Home: Tips for Staying Productive

As a third-year graduate student, TA, and writing center consultant, making the sudden adjustment from working on campus to working at home has been more challenging than I expected. I am typically very organized, focused, and motivated, but I've discovered that there are a lot of distractions in this new work environment that, at times...
By Lauren Hammond | | Advice, Wellness

Where We Are Now: Grad Student Resources and Support

It’s the start of our collective quarter in quarantine, and none of us really knows what to expect. Some of us are trying to find a respectable corner at home from which to Zoom a discussion section; others are having to rethink research projects that require supplies or travel that the COVID-19 pandemic has now...
By Hillary Jenks | | Advice, Teaching, Wellness

Getting to Know Your Students (The Online Way)

Full disclosure: I have never taught an online course. I’m also the kind of instructor who loves getting to know my students. I have everyone create name tags on the first day of class and only after I know everyone’s name by memory do students stop bringing their name tags. I frequently incorporate ice breakers...
By Kyla Rankin | | Teaching, Advice

Writing Techniques for the Socially Distanced Grad

With conditions changing by the day due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Spring Break this year feels substantially different. Amidst the switch to online instruction, travel restrictions, school and business closures, and social distancing during a time of uncertainty, this crisis has magnified the precarity and isolation that already characterized many of our positions as graduate...
By Iris Blake | | Writing, Advice

Why Do You Want to Work for GradSuccess?

Hey UCR grad students! Are you looking for summer employment, funding for the next academic year, or just a way to earn some extra money in addition to your TAship? Hoping to expand your administrative skill set? Interested in improving the graduate student experience at UCR? If you answered YES to any (or better yet...
By Hillary Jenks | | Advice, Professionalization

Spring Break Write-A-Thon: Open to MFAs and PhD Candidates!

So, you’ve defended your prospectus and advanced to Candidacy. Or maybe, you’re working on your thesis for your MFA program. You, my friend, have completed a giant hurdle. Give yourself a pat on the back! Now that you have moved into the dissertating and/or thesis writing stage, finding the time to just sit down and...
By Christina Trujillo | | Academics & Research, Advice, Writing

Three Steps to Landing an Ideal Internship

February is almost over! For UCR graduate students, this not only means finals and spring break are coming, but it also means it’s time to start thinking about what getting an internship lined up before the summer starts! If you want to gain some real-life experience, now is the time to get started on the...
By Judy Zhu | | Professionalization, Advice