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Charlotte Marcotte-Toale – “Strategies for Excellence in Graduate Research: Highlights from the GCAC Courses and Workshops”
January 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Please join us for our January colloquialism where Charlotte Marcotte-Toale will be giving a talk entitled “Strategies for Excellence in Graduate Research: Highlights from the GCAC Courses and Workshops”
Abstract: “According to a study published last year in Nature Biotechnology, rates of anxiety and depression are six times higher among graduate students than in the general population (Evans et al, 2018). Additionally, only 22% of the study’s participants reported a healthy work-life balance. Connecting these statistics, the authors conclude that the imbalance between graduate students’ work and personal lives negatively impacts their mental health. One lesson we might take away from these findings is that graduate students stand to benefit from guidance on managing their workloads. At least that’s what Dr. Jane Freeman might say, the founder of the Graduate Centre for Academic Communications at the University of Toronto. According to her, many MA and PhD students are not equipped with research strategies appropriate to graduate studies; instead, they rely on undergraduate study habits or unconscientious approaches to research. These tactics often buckle under the volume of graduate-level work. As a result, students are overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed; they feel like imposters; their dissertations take longer than expected; their funding runs dry; they question whether a life of research is really for them. Dr. Freeman and her GCAC colleagues provide alternatives to this situation by offering courses and workshops on efficient and sustainable research practices. In my talk, I will highlight the most important lessons I learned from taking these classes. More specifically, I will share tips from GCAC on reading, note-taking, pre-writing, writing, and publishing.