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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Deep-Fried (But Healthy!) Advice for First Years

By Don Lubach - Student Affairs Correspondent

I have no idea who the Southern Fried Scientist is or what his name might mean, but I can tell you that he’s a graduate student in North Carolina studying population genetics in hydrothermal vent communities (wow!). Plus, as a third-year, he offers some super-useful advice for first year grad students.  I really enjoyed reading his post, which reminded me that I should get back to the gym and dedicate myself to a more consistent sleep schedule.  Also, his blog has pretty pictures of mountains on it. 

Read the full article here.


Some General Advice on the Dissertation, Such As “Write Crap”

By Lisa Tremain - GradDiv Writing Peer

I spend a lot of time thinking about my dissertation topic.  This is not as useful as actually writing stuff down.  I might need a time-management intervention or at least, as Fyrefly’s Book Blog recommends, a support group.  Probably my favorite advice from Fyrefly's blog post:  set up a two hour playlist, sit down to write, and don’t let up until the playlist is over.  I’m going to try that this week.  I'm thinking lots of Brian Eno.  You?

Read the full article here.


Plug These Coordinates Into Your Grad School GPS

By Don Lubach - Student Affairs Correspondent

Nose to the grindstone?  Caffeine overdose?  Sleep in the library?  How can we really survive graduate school and make it a successful experience at the same time?  It’s a (debatable) question for the ages, but Adele Scheele in The Huffington Post provides seven strategies—and a warning—for how to make it happen.

Read the full article.

For more great advice on how to survive, have a listen to Dr. Gaucho (link)


It’s All About the Cover Letter

By Don Lubach - Student Affairs Correspondent

We’re not kidding.  This is exactly what Nancy Hanway advises us in this blog post, originally posted in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  If you want to get a job, or at least an interview for a job at a small college like the one where Hanway is on faculty, write a good cover letter.  But what does that cover letter need to do to catch the attention of a job search panel who sifts through hundreds of applications? It has to show that you understand the job you’re applying for, that you can articulate how your own research will “fit” the position, and it needs to prove that you won’t mind living in the middle of nowhere.

And that’s not all of the awesome advice she offers. 

Read the full article here.


Orientation September 22nd @ UCSB

By Don Lubach - Student Affairs Correspondent

Incoming graduate students should plan to be welcomed on Wednesday, September 22, at UCSB's largest lecture and arts facility, Campbell Hall. The orientation will begin at 9:00AM and conclude at 12:30PM. 

Attendees will learn about the campus, meet faculty, meet other graduate students, and learn important information about campus resources including fund-seeking and writing support. 

The editing team at the GradPost is excited -- this event will be our public debut. We are already looking forward to viewing our stats before and after the event. 


The (very) Basics on Writing a Lit. Review

By Lisa Tremain - GradDiv Writing Peer

The good people at North Carolina State University Libraries produced this. It is very, very basic. We chose to pass it along because content like this can be very welcome when we're not entirely sure if we understand the graduate process. In private, many of us like to view how-to videos like this to make sure we understand the basics.



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