Not all students have access to guidance on how to navigate the unique world of academia. Importantly, equity and diversity in academia are hurt by this uneven playing field. To help address the situation, I am providing the following documents to explain some aspects of academic research.
If there are other topics you are interested in, or other mechanisms you think would be useful to disseminate this content, e-mail me your idea! I will continue developing these documents, and so would appreciate your feedback on what is most effective.
Given that presentations are a more visual and verbal medium, I have created some videos with thoughts on this topic.
This document was developed for my own graduate advisees, and so some items are specific to my research group and university. But I think that any graduate student would benefit from following the general guidelines.
It may not be clear to you what you should talk about during a meeting with your advisor. This is a draft agenda that you can use to plan your meeting. I've provided it in MS Word format so that you can easily edit it for your own use.
Thanks to Anne Hulsey and Francisco Galvis for helpful feedback on some of the above documents.
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