How to be a Good Graduate Student

a rock climber
"Climbing" by Cristian Bortes | CC BY 2.0
Graduate school comes with a new set of rules. Learn how to navigate the terrain, meet expectations, and excel as a graduate student.
Navigating Graduate School
Professional Development

The Four Properties of Powerful Teachers

A graduate TA works with a student


Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.

Five Keys to a Compelling Research Poster

stacked pencils
"Arrows" by Wunkai | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The challenge of creating a good research poster: including what your readers need to know - without overwhelming them with unnecessary information.
Professional Development

Having Fun for Free in Lincoln

the gazebo at the Sunken Gardens
"Lincoln Flickr Walk" by Natodd | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“Fun” and “free” are the perfect combination for fully enjoying your time in Lincoln when you're not in class or researching.

Applying to Present Your Research Poster

Graduate students present at the Spring Research Fair
photo of 2014 Graduate Research Fair by UNL University Communications
When you’re looking for conferences where you can present, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and what pitfalls to avoid. Here's how to get started.
Professional Development

Setting Writing Goals

a marathon runner checks her watch
"Female Time Checker 1" by Anthony Catalano | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Making progress on your big writing projects is like running a marathon—finishing well takes strategy and stamina. Set writing goals help you pace yourself and finish well.
Professional Development

Six Ways to Grow Your Network

Clasped hands
"Fent Pinya" by Miguel Bohigas Costabella | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Your network may be the key for landing your next job. Grad Ambassador Stephanie Shipp shares she's learned about expanding her network while on the job market.
Career Development

Conquering Challenges, Achieving Goals

Competitors crossing the finish line.
"Big Sur Mud Run 2012" by Presidio of Monterey | CC BY-NC 2.0
Take challenges head-on in grad school: be persistent with your research and find your cheering section.
Navigating Graduate School

Writing during Graduate School

Recommended edits on an article draft
"2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 18" by Nic McPhee | CC BY-SA 2.0
You’re guaranteed a large amount of writing during grad school, including class project reports, conference papers, journal articles, and funding proposals. Here's an introduction to getting started.
Professional Development

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Sweets for Chinese New Year
"Festive Snacks" by David Tan | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Winter's nearly over and spring's just around the corner. Grad Ambassador Xiaoqian (Annie) Ma writes about her favorite holiday that marks the change of seasons: Chinese New Year.
Grad Life