2012 UBC Orientation - Being a successful graduate students

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2012 UBC Orientation - Being a successful graduate students

  1. 1. Being a SuccessfulGraduate Student Jenny Phelps Assistant DeanFaculty of Graduate Studies jenny.phelps@ubc.ca 604.822.2934
  2. 2. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, U.S. President)
  3. 3. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience• Clarify what you want from graduate school, and seize opportunities to help you attain your goals• Continue the mental transition from waiting for direction to charting your own course• Apply for scholarships and grants—having your own money keeps you in the driver’s seat!
  4. 4. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School2. Establish positive relationships with your supervisor and supervisory committee• Seek regular contact with your supervisor. Make your time together productive.• Follow up on items discussed in meetings – keep your supervisor(s) informed of your progress and challenges• Act as a “junior colleague” – ask questions, advance ideas, show interest and support for shared goals• Deal with problems sooner rather than later.
  5. 5. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School3. Affiliate with your academic community• Embrace, don’t isolate – Find projects you are excited about and people who share your interest.• Become involved with University activities beyond your own work—seminars, committees, events• Go to and present at conferences ($400 available to every grad student to present at a conference)
  6. 6. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School4. Know your program requirements and timelines Masters students:• Your program may require any or all of the following: – Coursework – Comprehensive exams – A research thesis or major project – Public presentation and/or defense of thesis or project• UBC Graduate Policy states: – Masters students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of enrolment
  7. 7. Doctoral students:Phase I: Pre-Candidacy – Take all required courses – Pass a comprehensive exam “Advance to – Gain approval for a research proposal Candidacy”Phase II: Candidacy– Complete a research project (dissertation)– Defend the thesis at a Doctoral Oral ExaminationDoctoral Students: – Should advance to candidacy within 2 years, and must within 3 – Should complete all degree requirements within 5 years of enrolment and must within 6 years
  8. 8. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School5. Develop Effective Time-Management Strategies• Set a ‘Master Plan” for program requirements (e.g., courses, comprehensives, research, writing, etc.)• Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor and committee to keep things moving along• Avoid productivity killers: misguided work, procrastination and working too much at outside jobs.• If you can, do complex work early in the morning— most people work much more efficiently in the a.m.
  9. 9. “The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.”-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author).
  10. 10. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School6. Bring a professional approach to your studies and further your skills development• Key skills: organization, planning, teamwork, budgeting• Build skills for the next stage of your career through the Graduate Pathways to Success program• Learn about research ethics and scholarly integrity …
  11. 11. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School…All UBC researchers are required to:• Give appropriate recognition to those who have made an intellectual contribution to the contents of a publication• Refrain from representing others’ academic work as one’s own (this is plagiarism)• Conform to UBC requirements for working with humans, animals, biohazards, radioisotopes, and the environment (these need Research Ethics Board approval)• Use scholarly and scientific rigour in obtaining, recording, and analyzing data, and in reporting results
  12. 12. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School7. Seek balance and support in your life• Stay connected to friends and family outside school• Eat well, sleep consistently, exercise regularly• Reach out to those around you—staff, faculty members and especially other students, who can help you through the tough times• Keep grad school in perspective—Just Finish!
  13. 13. … and remember … when the going gets tough …
  14. 14. At least you live here!UBC Campus
  15. 15. Summary: Your 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience2. Establish a positive relationship with your advisor/supervisor and the members of your supervisory committee3. Embrace your academic community4. Know your program requirements and timelines5. Develop effective time-management strategies6. Bring a professional approach to your work and interactions7. Seek balance and support in your life

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