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Adelaide9216

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  1. Do you need both the ext. hard drive and the flash usb key?
  2. At least, you learned a lesson. You'll do better next time.
  3. Hello, I have begun to identify potential relevant websites and sources for my master's thesis, even if I start the program next Fall. I was wondering, there is so much information out there, at what point do you know when to stop looking for articles and sources?
  4. I spoke with my supervisor and research coordinator and apparently, my feelings of not knowing where I must go with this research are normal since it is an area that has little literature on it. But still. It makes me anxious to not have a clear/cut step-by-step way of approaching this topic, I have never done this before and it makes me feel a little bit insecure of my ability to work for my supervisor and my research coordinator.
  5. Hello, I am a new RA for my master's thesis supervisor. I've been working with her since the beginning of my undergraduate studies. I started this new work this week along with her research coordinator. We're supposed to do some kind of lit review (scoping study/scoping review) and publish an article something in the next couple of months. The thing is that I have never done this before, I am unfamiliar with the topic we're working on (even if it does interest me). I am feeling quite confused about what I am supposed to look for in the articles I find. They both told me to not pressure myself too much, but I still feel confused. Anyone been in this situation too?
  6. I think of maybe, "What I wish I knew before entering graduate school" for prospective students. Or a Q and A session with prospective students or something.
  7. Hm, I'd say that people of color are often underrepressented in the work that is being produced in academia. They are underrepresented in academia as a whole. I'd say also that when they are actually being studied, it's often by "outsiders" (meaning White people studying people of color). I'm no expert on this topic, but I could give you a reference of a scholar in my city that actually studies topics related to what you've just described.
  8. I never had an advisor hug me, but I've been working with my thesis supervisor since the beginning of my undergraduate studies (so that's more than three years now). We exchange a dozen emails (if not more) a week related to all the projects she got me involved in since I started at this university. At this point, I don't know if I should call her by her first name or simply call her Dr. It's confusing. So I get what you are saying!
  9. In which city are you located?
  10. This is an interesting thread. I wonder, how much hours should be dedicated to thesis research per week? The class is 6 credits per semester...just to have a rough idea.
  11. When will we know if we got the scholarship or not? (I'm sure I won't get it by the way.)
  12. I also forgot to mention that there are also specific scholarships for women, visible minorities, etc. It's worth a shot to apply for those as well.
  13. I see. I guess others will jump in if they have more to add to my comments. I don't know what it is like in the US but I live in Canada, and I've been able to get a lot of scholarships after I finished high school. My undergraduate studies were almost entirely funded by scholarships. And I was able to get my first year of master's studies funded as well. It's always quite a lengthy process to apply for a scholarship, I always give myself approx. two months to fill an application. Some scholarships are strictly looking at your grades. Some are based on financial need and will ask you to provide a budget. Others are also looking at volunteer/community involvement. Some are looking for a combination of all three. It's important to look at the criteria to make sure you fufill them. There are also a lot of "unknown" or "underground" scholarships that people do not apply to because they are sure they will not get them, but it's always worth taking a chance if you're eligible. I've been surprised a lot whenever I was awared a scholarship I did not think I could get. A lot of those scholarships will also ask you for reference letters. You should identify one or two professors with whom you have a good bound with, or classes in which you had a good grade. You want to pick a professor or a teacher that will remember you. Or a professor that you've been a RA (research assistant) for. Usually, you need to give them at least 3 weeks in order for them to fill out their reference letter. Some scholarships ask you for a combination of professor/teacher and professional reference (so a employer or something like that, someone that you've worked with and that has some relevance to your research topic). I would also say it's important to have a clear idea of your research project. At the graduate level, they will ask you for a research proposal. You do not need to have a fully finished idea of what your research project will be, but you need to have some "basic" ideas that make sense and that are coherent. Usually, you work on this with your assigned research supervisor. For instance, for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the deadline was in December, and I began working on my application a few weeks before and started jotting down some ideas of my research topic during the summer before applying. But I worked on my application with my supervisor and asked for feedback from upper-year graduate students who already got the scholarship a previous year. I hope this helps.
  14. Schools usually have directories of all scholarships available for students. It is the case in Canada and I do not see why it would not be the case in the US. You should ask the finance and student aid departement at your uni.
  15. I bought one. I intend to use it to read journal articles and stuff in public transportation, etc.
  16. Hello, I am applying for another scholarship in my departement. I am eligible for it, so I decided to take a chance. However, the criteria says "related to a research project, including travel for research purposes, but excluding travel and associated costs for conferences." My research project is already funded with CGS-M (SSRHC). I don't know what rational to put other than "funding my second year of study and help alleviate some of the study debt I have?" since my CGS-M is non-renewable. Is that a good rationale?
  17. I am going to take the university's meal plan. It's a bit pricey, but it will be a lot less costly and a lot healthier than what I currently buying and eating. I am willing to make that sacrifice...
  18. Maybe it's too early for me to say this, but I feel like I am going to love graduate school. It appears like we've got more control over our schedule, study something we have a strong interest in and develop good connections with fellow classmates and teachers.
  19. Hello, I am having an sociology exam next Wednesday. It isn't my major. I've re-read all the articles assigned for the class and made a summary of each of them but I don't know if that is a useful strategy. It's an exam on social movements. There are 7 different cases studies to which I have to apply SMT to it. Any tips? I feel anxious as it is my last undergraduate exam.
  20. Today was the last day to accept the offer for the CGS-M? When is the next round of offers out of curiosity?
  21. You do not seem too enthusiastic about it. You need to be very motivated in order to attend graduate school...
  22. Oh sorry. Assist which would mean "assister" in French. It means "attending". That's what I actually meant. Sorry for the confusion.
  23. Hello, I see on the newsletter of my departement a lot of "job talks". From my understanding, it's potential new professors that could be hired in the faculty, so they give a "talk" so we can get a taste of their research? Is it revelant for me to assist those? It seems like there are many of them in my departement. Should I attend those that are relevant to my research topic? Thank you,
  24. That totally isn't my intention. I love this forum.
  25. Hello, Other than academia.edu, what are the best social media websites for researchers and student researchers? Thank you,