Posts for Current undergraduate students

Exploring Your Options: A Primer on Informational Interviews

two people talking

Recently, I decided to conduct an informational interview. I think it was the best decision I made in a long time. If you don't know what an informational interview is, basically, it’s when you interview someone who has a career that you might be interested in. You can find out first-hand what the job really entails, or about the path required to obtain that job.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Sebastian Rios

Sebastian Rios

My name is Sebastian Rios and I am starting the 3rd year of my PhD in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS). I am part of the interRAI Canada research group, which works with big population health care data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). More specifically, my graduate research work looks at mental health systems, quality of care, scale development, outcome measurement, and program evaluation.

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Robin Mazumder. I am a first year PhD student. I am currently doing my PhD in cognitive neuroscience where I am exploring how urban design impacts mental health.

What do you want to do following graduate school?

GRADventure Specialist Profile: Abhishek Raj


Who are you and what do you do?

I am an international student, currently in the final year of my PhD in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department. My research is focused on the emission reduction potential of novel fuel additive material. I have also worked as a teaching assistant in my department and the Waterloo Professional Development Program. 

When the nerves hit, remember: “They want me to succeed”


As part of the GRADventure Specialist position in the Fall term of 2016 at the University of Waterloo, I was able to take part in the hiring interviews for the students applying for the Winter term positions. This experience not only offered me the opportunity to practice my own professional skills, but it also taught me a great deal about interviews in general.

Waterloo PhD candidate wins SSHRC Storytellers Competition

Publishing with purpose

Congratulations Emma Vossen, PhD Candidate in English, for being named one of the top 5 final winners in the Social Science and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Storytellers Competition

Biology graduate student’s approach to writing is infectious

Hand writing

I knock on a door and am greeted by Meghan Fuzzen, a PhD candidate in biology whose research focuses on determining the impact of treated wastewater on the reproductive health of fish in the Grand River.

The CBC delves into PhD dissertations - think yours has what it takes?

Sharing research

PhD students usually share their research with colleagues and peers at specialized academic conferences or by way of publications in academic journals. How many of you have thought about reaching a wider audience by talking about your research on podcasts, radio or television?

Are you a good spokesperson for yourself?

Bow tie business person.

Check out this great piece in Inside Higher Ed: "Grad Student: You Are Your Own Spokesperson"

Debate over tenure-track job outcomes for PhDs

Open antique book

Back in November, the Conference Board of Canada released a very valuable report about PhDs Inside and Outside the Academy in which the authors use census data to track the job outcomes of PhDs. The report sparked lots of discussion on social media and in the newspapers about the value of a PhD.


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