Enjoying Summer in Lincoln

flowers in Sunken Gardens
"Sunken Gardens" by Overduebook | CC BY-NC 2.0
Summer is a great time to relax and take some time to explore the city you live in. Here are some of our best suggestions for activities around town that you could try or places you should visit this summer.
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Grad Life

Reflective Teaching

trees reflected on water
"Three Trees" by Michael Eickelmann | CC BY-NC 2.0
The end of a semester is a great time to look back on your successes and areas for improvement. For TAs, this reflection should also focus on your teaching and any potential changes you want to make the next time you teach.
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Teaching
Good Practices

Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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"Road at Sunset" by Susanne Nilsson | CC BY-SA 2.0
Jessica De Silva offers advice on the process of preparing an application for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Originally published June 14, 2016.
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Funding

Five Tips for Improving Your Cover Letter

stairs going up
"Walls (and stairs) of Portugal: Lisbon #7" by Franck Michel | CC BY 2.0
First impressions can have a lasting impact. For search committees and employers, your cover letter is their first impression of you. Strong, persuasive cover letters can positively influence that first impression.
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Cover Letters
Job Search

Staying Organized in Graduate School

bookshelves and binders
"Filed Under "Folders"" by Domiriel | CC BY-NC 2.0)
Effective organization is essential to managing your many responsibilities as a graduate student. Learn how to leverage some of the strategies and resources already available to you to better manage these responsibilities and tasks.
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Good Practices

Grading Fairly and Efficiently

red, blue, and black pens
"tools of the trade 1" by Chris Blakeley | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Grading is a common responsibility for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Effective grading means providing useful information to the students about their performance. Learning to grade fairly and efficiently can help save you time in the long run.
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Grading
Teaching

Presenting Your Work in Creative Ways

painter's palette
"Minimum World" by Jessica Powell | CC BY 2.0
Most graduate students conduct research or develop creative works as part of their studies. Presenting your work is critical to educating the field and the world about your work. In some fields and for some projects, especially the arts and humanities, it is worth thinking creatively about all the many ways to you can share what you have done.
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Research

Exploring Your Career Options

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"Signpost along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - Prisma filter" by Randy Durrum | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
It's never too early to start preparing for your future career. Whether you are interested in a faculty position, research, or something else, it is important to explore your options. Looking into potential career options in your field can help you prepare for those possibilities before you enter the job market.
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Non-academic Job Search
Networking

Fostering a Positive Classroom Culture

Small vegetable garden
"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Teaching
Good Practices
Ethics

Managing your Stress

water beating against rocky coast
"Dunstanburgh Sunrise" by James Whitesmith | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Relaxation is not just for vacations. Learning how to handle your stress better throughout the year can help you be more productive and handle setbacks better.
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Grad Life

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