Navigating the intricate landscape of graduate student life, rife with its fair share of stressors and obligations, can be daunting. Let me guide you in taking advantage of these elements to deal with the financial constraints often placed on graduate students by those supplementary burdens.
Gone are the days when companies searched for a narrow set of skills. If you are banking on a single aspect of a specific domain in electrical engineering, it is time to expand your expertise.
For this blog post, I interviewed fellow Ph.D. student Tushar Pandey, who works primarily in low-dimensional topology and hyperbolic geometry in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University.
Attention! Are you feeling lost in a sea of research labs? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. In this blog post, I’ll give you the lowdown on how to find the perfect research lab that matches your academic goals and research interests.
The factors contributing to success and failure of a paper mostly depend on research type and domain. Only a handful of steps can be generalized, but here are five of the most important steps in writing a research paper.
It is easy to get lost in the daily hustle in engineering school, so it is essential to take a step back once in a while to do something creative, fun or both. The 1000+ student organizations plan and organize the activities. All you have to do is show up and make some connections.
Ever wondered what the day-to-day grind of a grad student looks like? Is it laid back and relaxed or insanely hectic? Let’s explore in this post.
While all teaching assistantships aren’t equal and your mileage may vary, I put together some general advice on handling a TA position that I have learned over the last two years.
To pursue a degree in a place thousands of miles from home can be daunting. For many students, like myself, who come here for an education, a community often provides respite from the rigors of academic work.
Graduate school can be exciting and exhilarating. However, the change from strict undergraduate deadlines or fixed work hours can be a double-edged sword. One of the best ways to deal with this is to treat graduate school like a full-time job.
The oil and gas industry is facing questions over its very survival as the world marches toward a more sustainable future. Its role in the future of energy is in doubt as the specter of climate change looms large.
Not many people can say they’ve competed in pageant competitions for scholarship, and I did not expect to be in the portion of women who have, but I am in awe of how well competing prepared me for grad school.
Grad school poses challenges right from Day One. Each day increases the number of tasks and responsibilities exponentially, so it is quite easy to get lost in the whole process.
Every year, thousands of students enroll in graduate school throughout the world, the majority of which are in the engineering field. As technology advances each day, it is becoming increasingly important to continue your education, either formally or informally.
The decision to pursue a graduate degree is a big one, especially if it involves working on research and submitting a thesis. Though not a topic stressed enough, finding the perfect research lab is very important.
There is no “right” answer. Each option is a great choice and will lead you to many different opportunities. Check out this post to find out why Leah decided on the to pursue a master’s degree.
Prior to final exams and winter break, guest blogger Heather Kostak had an opportunity to chat with interim vice chancellor and dean of engineering, Dr. John E. Hurtado.
Assembling a dissertation committee doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking! Your committee can make or break your experience as a grad student. To this end, here are a few suggestions and thoughts to ponder while you assemble your thesis/dissertation committee.
Guest blogger Daniela Castro came up with three interesting theories why Texas A&M University tied with the University of Pennsylvania and Boston College for producing the most Fortune 500 CEOs.
Life as a graduate student can be busy and demanding. Juggling classes, research goals and advisor expectations can bring with it rigors that make living up to every benchmark tough and draining. In times like these, I find it extremely rewarding to give myself some wiggle room to just relax and involve myself in activities that help me recharge. Different people find solace in different activities. Some like sleeping in, hanging out with friends, etc. If, like me, you enjoy spending time outdoors, here are some ideas for things to do.
I always felt that if I had more free time, I could do a lot of things before I went to bed. I thought, “If only I had a bit more time today, I could have done this, that and so on…” The thought of not doing enough in a day was less irritating than the feeling I got every night before going to sleep. I remember telling myself that ‘tomorrow is going to be a better day,’ only to realize that I had failed again. As the days passed, this routine had turned into a bad habit and I realized it was becoming more difficult for me to change my habits.
I believe we should all be grad students for life because we should be ambitious, always strive for excellence, seek to overcome that next challenge and be what we were meant to be — problem solvers and engineers.
Interested in finding out more about what it’s really like as a graduate student at Texas A&M? Check out Bryton’s vlog where he shares what a typical day is like!
I was lucky to have all things go in the right direction since the day I started my grad school career. However, there’s no debating how important and better it is to have a plan in place over just being lucky. So, here are my top five tips to be considered during your preparation process for grad school.