Navigating Graduate School

Compass
"Compass" by Walt Stonebruner

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 by Elisha Hall

Graduate school offers many opportunities to connect with faculty and experts in your field. Perhaps the most vital of those connections is your faculty mentor.

Eight Ways to Prepare for Comps

Most doctoral students at UNL have to complete a written comprehensive exam to enter candidacy, and in some departments the written exam may be followed by an oral exam. Here we present 8 ways to get ready for this important step in your academic career.
summer bike ride on a country road

You’ve handed in your last paper and graded your students’ final exams. With Spring semester behind you, you’re ready for summer. Three long months stretch ahead of you, full of promise. Take our advice and make your summer as productive as possible.

An effective mentoring relationship passes through phases of development. Early on, your mentor will recognize your unique qualities and your need for special coaching.

a student presenting his research poster

You’ve been working hard on your research these last few semesters. The data has been collected, sorted, and analyzed. So what do you do with the findings?

Good news: Leadership skills can be learned!

A major fellowship can be a critical funding resource, especially if your research requires money for travel, equipment or supplies, and time to collect data and write. Applying for competitive fellowships takes time, energy, and organization. This article will help you get started.

You’ve received a job offer from an academic institution—well done! The final step in securing an academic position, like any job, is negotiating the terms of your contract.

Across the disciplines, collaboration and interdisciplinary work is growing. As teamwork in scholarship increases, it’s important to establish good practices for collaboration.

When you think of a steward, you might imagine someone in a manor who ensures the household runs smoothly, the tenants are cared for, and the buildings are kept in good repair with an eye toward preserving the enterprise for generations to come.

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