Posts for Current graduate students

Adding fun to your grad life: Connect to your residence community

Ekin Eray holds a gingerbread house made during a community event.

When I first moved to Waterloo 3 years ago for my PhD studies, I didn’t know much about life in Canada. I decided to stay in residences for a term to be close to campus and to get used to the city, and then look for an off-campus options. But I enjoyed living in Columbia Lake Village (CLV) North so much that I never left after I moved in.

Research dissemination as an academic ethos: Reflections from a PhD candidate

Jason Lajoie and Caitlin Scott at GRADtalks

I have the unusual distinction of being the first person to be a finalist or selected speaker in all three major graduate research dissemination events at the University of Waterloo: Three Minute Thesis (3MT), GRADtalks, and, most recently, GRADflix. When I was told this, I joked that the University should come up with a name for this category, like the EGOT label used by the American entertainment industry for those who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

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: 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

Abhishek

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”

interview

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.

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.

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