GRADventure blog

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Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist profile: Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard

I am a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo, having just completed my MA in Political Science. My Master’s research focused on policy change initiated by coroner’s inquests following deaths in custody. I am excited to be remaining part of the UWaterloo community as the Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Nyasha Gondora

Nyasha Gondora

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Pharmacy and co-supervised in the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Broadly, my research is in the field of neuropharmacology. Specifically, I am investigating Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK) signaling in neurons, as well as investigating the impact of early life adversity on the expression of key brain receptors.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Paige Stirling

Paige Stirling

I am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology. I am in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology division. My research focuses on the development of competencies through experience. In addition to my role as a PhD candidate, I have also worked as a teaching assistant and have lead a project for the Waterloo Organizational Research Consulting group.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Sonya Buffone

Sonya Buffone

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Arts, in Sociology and Legal Studies. My research interests are in methodology, and police studies. My dissertation examines the roles, and activities, of media relations officers in police services in Ontario. I want to understand how police construct crime for the public, how they manage their image, and how they view their relationship with the media.

Learning how to teach: My experience with the Centre for Teaching Excellence

Empty classroom

I was introduced to the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) during graduate student orientation. I completed both CTE programs - Fundamentals of University Teaching and the Certificate of University Teaching (CUT) – in anticipation of teaching an undergraduate course in calculus as part of my PhD.

Professional Development in a Second Language

Reza

I’m an international doctoral student and English is not my first language. It was a challenging experience to learn oral and written communication skills in English at the doctoral level. As soon as I started my PhD, I found out that Renison University College offers two courses tailored to graduate students whose first language is other than English through their English for Multilingual Speakers program.

Jump-starting my thesis at dissertation boot camp

two people working together

Last month I participated in the Writing and Communication Centre’s Dissertation Boot Camp. During the four days I wrote 3,000 words and learned how to design a writing routine for my dissertation that is sustainable and stress-free. 

Program Management and the PhD: Professional Development in the Field

Beth in the field

When I was accepted into my PhD program, I’ll admit I was afraid of becoming an armchair academic – pulled out of the field for four years, rapidly losing the skills I learned at work. Receiving a fieldwork grant was a great opportunity to maintain my program management skills during my studies.

The Grad Writing Café: an antidote to my weekly writing hurdles

students writing

For over a year now, the Writing and Communication Centre (WCC) has been hosting weekly group writing sessions on Fridays from 9-11 am. Graduate students in attendance follow the Pomodoro technique where they write for 25 min followed by a 5-min break. It is a fantastic idea but just like everyone else, it was difficult to make the Writing Café a part of my routine.

GRADventure Specialist profile: Beth Timmers

Beth Timmers

I am a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environment’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. I’m part of the Faculty’s Global Food Politics Group. My doctoral research looks at Jamaica’s domestic food system as part of a larger research program on food security across seven low- and middle- income countries: the Hungry Cities Partnership.