It seems so simple…you apply to graduate school, start taking classes, and select a professor to guide you through the program who works on research that interests you.
Sometimes…but this isn’t how it always goes. Sometimes you choose the person who interests you the most and they don’t offer the guidance that you need. Or you select a mentor that is constantly in contact, but doesn’t encourage the research you want to conduct. This important decision is often left to chance, yet it doesn’t have to be. Just like you approached your decision to attend graduate school, or the methodical way you approach your research now, there are a few simple steps to determine who would be the best mentor for you! Do you want to learn the steps you should take to select a mentor or supervising professor? Then attend this workshop to learn more!
What if you already have a supervising professor? Well this workshop can help you learn how to approach that relationship and even how to obtain more mentors who will help you make connections in your graduate career. Additionally, we will discuss the appropriate ways to switch supervising professors as well…ways that won’t ruin your academic career.
Sign up to attend one of the workshops and learn more about this important process. At the on campus event there will be FREE FOOD and experienced graduate students who will answer your questions about the graduate-mentor relationship.
Thursday, September 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Planetarium Conference Room (located in the Chemistry & Physics Building on the 3rd floor)
Click here to register for either of these workshops
This week on The Versatile PhD there are panels in the Humanities and STEM fields that focus on Careers in Consulting. On both of the panels, you have the opportunity to ask questions to PhD’s who transitioned into the consulting field and find out more about careers in this field. Despite the focus on PhD’s, This panel is beneficial to master’s and doctoral graduate students. It’s never too early to start planning for your career!
In this week’s humanities panel, the experts have their PhD’s in Linguistics, Media Studies, Sociology, Religion, and History. The STEM panel features a Physical-Organic Chemist, Materials Scientist, Physicist, Oceanographer, and Meteorologist. The panelists have introduced themselves on The Versatile PhD, so you can look at their mini-biographies on the site under forums. Panelists will answer any questions you have throughout the week. Don’t be discouraged if none of the panelists are in the same field as you are, they can still offer helpful advice on how to break into the consulting field and be successful in your career!
If you want to ask them a question follow these steps to start the process:
- Once you are in The Versatile PhD click on Forums at the top of the screen
- click on the add topic button on the upper right of the forums
- Begin the title of your thread with the word “Panel” and include a summary of your question in the title
Any of the panelists who can answer your question will respond to you throughout the week. Make sure you have your notification set to alert you when someone responds to your thread. If you get into The Versatile PhD and have difficulties, The Office of Graduate Studies is having online “open hours” on adobe connect. You can ask any question about The Versatile PhD and we will help you. We have “open hours” Monday, September 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
If you would like to learn more of the features of The Versatile PhD, attend the adobe connect online session Wednesday, September 24 starting at 5:30 pm where we will discuss all the features that are available to you as part of a member institution. Click here to see our website for more details.
Worried about finding a job after you graduate?
Curious about the different ways you can use your graduate degree?
The Office of Graduate Studies is here to help you explore all the job opportunities that are available to you with your graduate degree. As a student at UT Arlington you now have access to premium content on The Versatile PhD, an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM PhD’s identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Even though the name of the website is The Versatile PhD, this resource is valuable to anyone in graduate school. It’s a useful tool to plan your career and get helpful advice from people who have used their graduate degrees to obtain careers outside the academy. This supportive online community is available to answer your questions in addition to many other valuable resources that are on the website. The Versatile PhD offers:
- HIRED: Authentic resumes and cover letters that got real PhDs their first jobs away from the faculty track, with detailed analysis that describes how they made the non-academic pivot and shows the application and hiring process step by step
- BIO: Inspiring first‐person stories by experienced non-academic PhDs describing how their careers evolved over several years after moving out of the academy, including promotions, advancement, and signature accomplishments
- PANEL: Detailed inside information on a wide range of specific PhD‐friendly careers provided by PhDs in those careers, along with their answers to grad student questions. The first panel will be the week of September 22 through September 29, 2014. The panel will discuss careers in consulting for both humanities and STEM PhD’s.
The Versatile PhD also offers PhD discussion forums, local meetup groups, and job listings posted by members.
Worried that someone might find out you visited Versatile PhD? There is complete confidentiality on the site. That means nothing you write on the site will ever show up on the internet. Plus you can select your own user name, which means you can choose the level of anonymity that you want. Click here to register for The Versatile PhD and start planning your future today!
Welcome back to campus Mav Grads! For those just starting this semester, Welcome to UT Arlington! It’s been a couple of weeks since the Fall 2014 semester officially started, and I hope that everyone is settling into a productive routine that provides you with some free time as well. If this is your first semester of graduate school, or even your first semester at UT Arlington, this period can be a little trickier to maneuver. For those new to graduate school, academic expectations are higher and the expectations are not always clearly communicated with you. With everyone in your department busy with their own research, there is little time to explain the ins and outs of this new level of education. Sometimes this means making mistakes yourself and learning from these mistakes. But this wastes precious time! Time that could be spent conducting research and completing your degree. The Office of Graduate Studies wants to help you use your time productively and we want to make sure you know the rules of the game, which will allow you to finish on time and be competitive in the job market. Interested in learning how to start off on the right foot? Then attend the Intro to Graduate School workshop! And there will be Free Food at the event on Tuesday!!!!
Tuesday, September 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Planetarium Conference Room
Thursday, September 11, at 5:30 p.m. online
Click on this link to visit the Office of Graduate Studies website to register.
The Office of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate Wasiu Adedapo Lawal for winning the Science and Human Rights Coalition Student Essay Competition! The essay he wrote entitled “Water as a Friend and a Right,” won First Place in the Graduate Student competition and Wasiu was kind enough to provide us with a brief explanation about the contest and why it was important to him.
The competition was about the intersection between science and human rights and my entry had to do with the water crises in poor countries and how the scientific community needs to see water as a human right and play an active role towards helping to find lasting solutions to the problem. For me, submitting an entry was an easy decision since the narrative behind what I eventually wrote was the reason why I decided to do my PhD in the first place. Having been raised in Nigeria, the water issue was a big thing for me and I decided to gain some expertise on the issue with the hope of going back someday to help, so this essay was a great opportunity for me to provide some analysis on the issue.
Wasiu Adedapo Lawal, MS, AMRSC
Here’s the link to the award site. http://www.aaas.org/news/science-and-human-rights-coalition-announces-2014-student-essay-competition-winners
Wasiu is the President of the Graduate Student Senate for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as a Doctoral Student in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.
If you haven’t met Wasiu yet, come to a Graduate Student Senate meeting this fall and congratulate him. Click on the link to see what this organization is doing to make your graduate experience better.
This is just one of the many amazing ways that Mav Grads are making a difference in the world today! Have a story, let me know.