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Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning at UCR

The mental image elicited by the word “college” is moving away from ivy-covered red brick buildings and moving towards students on laptops at home in their pajamas. You may have noticed that online education is increasing based on the number of ads for online degrees popping-up while browsing social media or even from taking an...
By Elena Kozlova | | Teaching, Academics & Research

Pattern Teaching: A Solution to Avoid Over-prepping for Your Class

“How will I know when I am ready?” Is this the question you ask yourself as the clock strikes midnight while you are frantically adding content to your discussion slides after working on it for 6 hours straight? Maybe you have the first draft of your thesis due to your advisor in two days. But...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching, Advice

So You Want to Make Connections: Networking 101

[ Image Description: David Rose, from Schitt’s Creek , exclaims, "I love making connections."] Pictured : What your internal monologue should be before any networking event Networking is a pretty loaded word. What does it mean to network? I suppose when it comes down to it, one can describe networking as creating a system of...
By Jamiela Kokash | | Professionalization, Advice

What's Happening at After Grad: Career Pathways Day

Are you looking to broaden your professional network and explore diverse career opportunities in industry, government, and non-profit? Then we have just the event for you! Join GradSuccess on Friday, February 7th for our annual After Grad: Career Pathways Day. This daylong professional development event focuses on job preparation, networking, and post-graduation career exploration. [...
By Elizabeth Kopacz | | Professionalization, Advice

Have fun With Statistics in Big Data Era

What is Big Data, you ask? [ Image Description : A grey- and white-haired Husky puppy shaking its head in confusion while lying on the floor.] Pictured : You, ready to learn all about Big Data Despite how it may seem, big data is actually not a brand-new concept. People have been gathering and storing...
By Lin Cong | | Academics & Research

Finding Support as a First-Time TA

While the first quarter you work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) may feel overwhelming, know that you don't need to worry! There is support--ranging from workshops, campus resources, and professional development events--to help support you as you build your teaching skills. Read on to find out about resources on-campus and online that can help you...
By Sarah Murray | | Teaching, Professionalization

4 Tips for Writing a Better Review: A Practical Guide

One of the most common types of writing exercises that we engage in, both in academia and in the “real world,” is giving reviews. We are asked to give reviews of our academic peers’ research papers and of our instructors. We are even asked to review our Uber drivers! Despite how often we are asked...
By Michelangelo Landgrave | | Academics & Research, Advice

It's Time For Grad Slam!

Are you a grad student conducting research or working on a creative project at UCR? Eager to share that work with the campus community and broader public? Looking to get feedback on your presentation skills? Interested in potentially winning a lot of money? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions… Grad...

Homemade Gifts on a Grad Student Budget

For graduate students, the end of the year can be particularly tight financially. Not only do we have to budget for the second round of student fees (didn’t we just pay those last month?), but with the winter holidays, many of us find ourselves trying to balance gift-giving to family, friends, and partners with our...
By Iris Blake | | Wellness

Navigating A Graduate Career as a Dance MFA or PhD Student

Navigating a graduate career in dance can be challenging. MFA and Ph.D. students may find themselves with very different needs. We are often at a strange crossroads between the arts and humanities. Still, your cohort and other colleagues within the program can be a great support network. (Thanks to all our alumni who contributed their...
By Kelly Bowker | | Advice, Academics & Research

Mental Health Resources for Your Students

Have you ever had students that needed extra help? Perhaps they were struggling with personal or academic situations. Or, perhaps they were disruptive in class while you were TAing or serving as a mentor. As a teaching assistant and mentor, you are in a position to serve as a critical resource for saving a student’s...
By Danielle Delany | | Wellness, Teaching

What I Learned at Academic Development Day

Academic Development Day (ADD), our first of three annual GradSuccess professional development events, took place on Friday, November 15. During ADD we learned about the academic job market, interview tips, securing post-doctoral positions, and much more! Unable to attend but still interested in the valuable information other graduate students got out of the day? Read...
By Tyler Womack | | Professionalization, Academics & Research

Thanksgiving Activities To Keep The Gratitude Going

With the Thanksgiving break in full swing, you might be feeling stressed or frustrated about your progress in your graduate studies. Around this time of year, some folks might make students feel guilty for being stressed or for needing to take a break, but you won’t find that here. On the contrary, stress and frustration...
By Songling Chen and Patrick Thomas | | Advice, Non-Academic Life

Self-Care at Graduate Chill Out

One of the most challenging aspects of being a graduate student is balancing self-care along with numerous responsibilities, such as classes, research, and teaching. Without self-care, we put ourselves at risk for prolonged stress and burnout. While self-care can look different for everyone, at its essence self-care is about incorporating routines rooted in your interests...
By Tyler Womack | | Wellness

Why You Should Apply for the 2020 University Teaching Certificate Program

When you think about teaching, what is it about teaching that you find so attractive? Is it the immersion in topics you love and the ability to share that love with your students? Might it be the knowledge that you are training the next generation of scholars to work in your field? Is it the...
By John Haberstroh | | Teaching, Professionalization

Academic Development Day 2019: What To Look Forward To

[ Image Description: Fin, from Adventure Time , puts on a pair of glasses. He then gasps as the image zooms in all the way down to the atomic level to illustrate Fin's new, greater level of understanding.] Pictured : An accurate depiction of how you absorb the information shared during Academic Development Day Join...
By Beth Kopacz | | Professionalization, Teaching

International Student Life at UCR

As a second-year international student at UCR, I can still remember how I used to feel uncomfortable living in Riverside because of both the weather and the campus environment. However, after being here for one year, I became more and more grateful for choosing to come here to study. Let me share with you what...
By Lin Cong | | Advice, Wellness

Classroom Strategies: How To Promote Student Participation

With September comes fall quarter, and with the arrival of fall quarter so too comes your new class and TA assignment. Perhaps this is your first time TAing here at UCR and the hardened sailors of high tide (by this I mean the TAs with more experience!) have already made you apprehensive about the challenges...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching, Advice

Meet Tyler and Your Peer Support Office Hours Team

The Graduate Student Resource Center is excited to welcome a new Co-Coordinator! Tyler Womack is a second-year student in School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, as well as a current peer mentor. [ Image Description: Tyler Womack seated on a bench, smiling at the camara.] Pictured : Tyler, ready to support her peers!...
By Hillary Jenks | | Professionalization, Mentoring

Now Accepting Digital Humanities Fellowship Applications

Yes, you heard the name “GradQuant” and you’ve seen the emails about workshops on causal inference or machine learning in Python. You may have even visited the GradQuant space for various workshops and meetings. However, you’ve never actually been to GradQuant on purpose…because you’re a humanist or social scientist! What does GradQuant have to do...
By Yelda Serin and Madeleine St. Marie | | Funding & Finances