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Higher Education News

Preparing for an Insightful Professional Life

Ph.D.s have been moving in significant numbers into other nonacademic roles for decades, but it is a recent suggestion that the Ph.D. degree, like a college humanities concentration, is a good grounding for…

What We Learned in the Pandemic About Graduate Training

The pandemic forced many graduate schools to innovate on the fly — revising longstanding policies and creating new procedures — to keep their students on track. In reflecting on what all of those…

Latest PIF recipient

Monique Schlichtman, a rising second-year doctoral student in Public Administration, has been selected for the PIF fellowship.

Transition Q & A: Sunny Chan, co-op program specialist

Sunny Chan earned her PhD in English literary studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a co-op program specialist at Ryerson University’s Career and Co-op Centre, and also works as a…

Why Ph.D. Students Should Think Like Entrepreneurs

Most doctoral students don’t think they have much in common with entrepreneurs. That’s a shame. Getting a Ph.D. is a lot more rewarding if you stop trying to be a good student and start acting like you are running your own business.

MUSE Student wins Critical Language Scholarship

Erika Holum, a student in the Museum & Exhibition Studies master’s program, has been selected for a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Indonesian during the summer of 2021.  Undergraduate…

8 Tips for Balancing Grad School and Full-Time Work

“How do you balance full-time work and graduate school?” is a hard question. The answer is subjective, personal and dynamic. There is no one-size-fits-all, formulaic approach, but here are eight strategies.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctoral Studies

So, you got accepted to a Ph.D. program. Congratulations! Here are five suggestions as you embark on this new adventure.

Building Self-Efficacy for Ph.D. Success

Your Ph.D. program will focus a lot on the academic expertise, competencies and skills you need to develop during training. But we would like to suggest focus on career and professional advancement.

Recipients of Spring 2021 Funding

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of five internal competitions: the Access Fellowship (retention); Award for Graduate Research (spring competition); the Dean’s Scholar Fellowship; the Graduate Mentoring Award; and the…

Who’s Responsible for a Ph.D. Student’s Success?

The institutional structures endemic to all research universities render ongoing, timely communication difficult. And in some quarters of the professoriate, there remains a residual degree of skepticism about potentially “outsourcing" advising...

More International Grad Students Wanted to Come to the U.S., but Couldn’t

The number of first-time graduate students enrolling in American colleges has plunged by almost 40 percent during the pandemic, a decline fueled by precipitous drops from the two largest-sending countries, China and India.

Distracted Minds: How to Fix Your Attention Shortage

None of my three simple recommendations would require you to make drastic changes in your life. Put yourself in deep-work conditions for 30 minutes a day or more, walk for 30 minutes a day....

New Report Shows Impact Of COVID-19 On Older Adults And Their Caregivers

“The impact of COVID-19 on older adults and caregivers has been extremely challenging. We hope the findings from this study will promote the physical and mental well-being of older adults and caregivers now and during future public health crises.”

Scholars Talk Writing: Vincent Brown

Let your argument and story emerge from your interpretation of the research. Don’t just apply theory or report on sources. Take writing seriously as an art form: Choose words that are worthy of your compositions.

Scholars Talk Writing: Eve L. Ewing

If Eve L. Ewing were a superhero, her special power would have to do with words. She is that rare academic able to combine scholarship, poetry, and writing for Marvel Comics.

Accomplish the Things That Matter

During graduate school, I was frustrated by how my ambitions kept outrunning my time. I resolved to learn how to get more done. To succeed, all graduate students must develop a sense of how manage the big, unconstrained nature of their work...

Recipients of Fall 2020 Awards

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of three autumnal competitions: the Award for Graduate Research, the Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award, and the Provost’s Graduate Research Award.