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How to Be a Good Graduate Student

by Marie desJardins

This editorial attempts to raise some issues that are important for graduate students to be successful and to get as much out of the process as possible, and for advisors who wish to help their students be successful. The intent is not to provide prescriptive advice -- no formulas for finishing a thesis or twelve-step programs for becoming a better advisor are given -- but to raise awareness on both sides of the advisor-student relationship as to what the expectations are and should be for this relationship, what a graduate student should expect to accomplish, common problems, and where to go if the advisor is not forthcoming. Continue ...

  1. Introduction
  2. Before You Start
  3. Doing Research
  4. Advice for Advisors
  5. Becoming Part of the Research Community
  6. All Work and No Play...
  7. Issues for Women
  8. Conclusions
  9. Bibliography


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Bertrand Russell
(1872-1970)


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