Dissertation Demystified

The Dissertation Demystified

For better or for worse, around 50% of students take about five (5) years  to complete their dissertation and receive a degree. Another 30% complete it within 10 years. On Tuesday October 25, 2011 thirty (30+) individuals representing several departments including, Education, Engineering, English, the Information School, and Nursing gathered to have a heart-to-heart talk with […] → Continue Reading The Dissertation Demystified

Six (6) Strategies for Success in Graduate School

Horacio de la Iglesia, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Washington (UW) was recently invited to speak to a group of UW graduate school students. Iglesia, provided an informative session on how underrepresented minorities can succeed in graduate school. The discussion covered a variety of topics ranging from what it means to be […] → Continue Reading Six (6) Strategies for Success in Graduate School

Displaying RealTime Tweets at a Conference

Have you ever (or are currently) wondered what is the quickest and easiest way to display a scrolling list of real-time tweets for people to see? At 2011 Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference held in Seattle, Washington, Karine Nahon the Conference Chair was looking to do exactly that, have a screen showing what people we saying about #ir12 […] → Continue Reading Displaying RealTime Tweets at a Conference

Does it Work?: Implementation of the PhD Student’s Simple Guide to Taking the General Exam

Life as a PhD student has led me to look at everything I do as a an experiment. Consequently, what used to be simple reflections on a task has transformed in to a semi-structured analysis of events. So after I completed my general exam I retrieved the blog post titled A PhD Student’s Simple Guide to Taking the […] → Continue Reading Does it Work?: Implementation of the PhD Student’s Simple Guide to Taking the General Exam

A PhD Student’s Simple Guide to Taking the General Exam

A few weeks ago, I was busy reading in preparation for my general competency exam. At the University of Washington, the general exam consists of two parts–written & oral. In the written portion students are (usually) given two weeks to answer three questions. The questions usually ask students to a: demonstrate competency in the area they […] → Continue Reading A PhD Student’s Simple Guide to Taking the General Exam

So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

Six weeks have passed and by now you should have a relatively well-formed (or close to it) advocacy work plan developed. The purpose of this, the final in the series of posts will be used to Review key concepts and ideas discussed over the past five (5) weeks Determine how to achieve your goal Increase […] → Continue Reading So Now What?: Turning the Page – Week Six

The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

If there is one thing that is hard to ask for, I’d have to say it’s money. A close second would probably be asking that individual you have a crush on out on a date. Week five (5) of PLA’s library advocacy seminar series dealt with the former, the art of asking for money. By the of […] → Continue Reading The Big “Ask”: Turning the Page – Week Five

Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four

Week four (4) of PLA’s library advocacy plan development seminar dealt with relationships—how to establish, cultivate and maintain them. The module employed the analogy of a plant to help viewers fully understand what this process entails. This post will highlight and summarize the key takeaways. Why Relationships are Important In many ways relationships are the […] → Continue Reading Building Relationships: Turning the Page – Week Four

You As A Leader: Turning the Page – Week Three

Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, YOU are a leader. Sometimes you are called upon, other times, the need spontaneously arises. We are constantly involved in meaningful (e.g. advertising campaign, summer reading program) and mundane (e.g. shopping for groceries, doing the laundry) tasks that require us to apply techniques employed by leaders. As […] → Continue Reading You As A Leader: Turning the Page – Week Three

Telling Your Story: Turning the Page – Week Two

Week two of Turning the Page 2.0 looked at how data from the public perception’s  research can be used to help you “tell YOUR story”. The focus was on: Creating a compelling story about your library Practicing  speaking skills I was excited and looked forward to new things I would learn and be able to apply. This […] → Continue Reading Telling Your Story: Turning the Page – Week Two