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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

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! First of all, if you haven’t read Matt Arthur’s Thanksgiving blog from last year, I highly recommend it. For this Thanksgiving, though, I thought I’d share some thoughts on what it means to me personally to be thankful and to give thanks. I still speak Chinese regularly at home...
By Jason Chou | | Wellness
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What I Learned at Academic Pathways Week

Graduating within the next year? Wondering how to get started on your journey into academia post graduate school? You may be looking for the right post-doc for you or you may be getting ready to apply to academic positions. Well do not worry, the Graduate Student Resource Center has you covered. This month the GSRC...
By Nathaly Martinez | | Professionalization

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

Welcome Monique Posadas, our new Mentorship Coordinator

Please join us in GradSuccess as we welcome Monique Posadas, who recently joined Graduate Division as the new Coordinator of the Graduate Student Mentorship Program. Let’s find out a little more about her! Monique, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to work at UCR? I’m from Santa Cruz, California...
By Hillary Jenks | | Support Services
Teaching Head

Why You Should Apply to UTC this Fall

When it comes to teaching, what is it that you find so attractive? Is it the immersion in topics you love and the ability to share that love with your students? Is it the look on a student’s face when they “get it?” Either way, teaching is a key part of our work as grad...
By Judy Zhu | | Teaching
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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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Find Community with the Grad Student Resource Center

The Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) offers a variety of events and resources to help you let go of stress, meet fellow graduate students, and develop your professional knowledge and skills. Learn more about all we offer! Coffee Socials Coffee Socials are back for Fall! We will host a weekly Graduate Student Coffee Social on...
By Nathaly Martinez | | Non-Academic Life, Support Services
Writing at Home

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

Introducing Our New TADP Coordinator

Please join us in GradSuccess as we welcome and learn a little bit about Anne Sullivan, who joined Graduate Division as the new Coordinator of the Teaching Assistant Development Program on September 1st. Anne, you were previously a student here at UCR. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your history...
By Hillary Jenks | | Support Services

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

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
Welcome Back

Meet the 22-23 GradSuccess Staff!

Introducing Your GradSuccess Team... We are starting off the 2022-23 academic year with some exciting changes in GradSuccess! [Image Description: A round green cartoon creature wearing a feathered hat bounces up and down and waves its arms in the air.] Pictured: This is how excited we are! First, please join us in welcoming a new...
By Hillary Jenks | | Professionalization

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
Data

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

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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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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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