Let's Talk Grad School

Margaret Echelbarger
Demystifying the social science PhD hidden curriculum
Created 04 Apr 2021
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  • The anatomy of a personal statement
    04 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    Our fourth book winner is Anna Yan, a prospective PhD student! Be sure to enter the book giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Field Guide to Grad School! More details below (at the end of the p...
  • Are you there PI? It's me, your prospective PhD student...
    20 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Our third book winner is Mahogany Monette, a current PhD student! Be sure to enter the book giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Field Guide to Grad School! More details below (at the end of th...
  • Establishing good mentor-mentee relationships
    06 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Our second book winner is Charles Izuchukwu Ezekiel, a first-year PhD student! Be sure to enter the book giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Field Guide to Grad School! More details below (at ...
  • Blessing or lesson?
    23 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Our first book winner is Luis Lopez, a prospective PhD student! Be sure to enter the book giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Field Guide to Grad School! More details below (at the end of the ...
  • Find your champions
    16 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    First, be sure to enter the book giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Field Guide to Grad School! More details below (at the end of the post). Now, onto the good stuff! Aim to build out a netwo...
  • Build skills, create opportunities
    02 Aug 2021 • 15 min read
    First, note that there will be no newsletter next Monday, August 9. I’m helping out with a one-week course, so will have lots of grading to do. Now, onto the good stuff! Creating opportunities for you...
  • Be seen, be heard, be present
    26 Jul 2021 • 14 min read • 1 0
    We’ve reached 500 subscribers!! Thank you for allowing me to join you on your grad school journeys. Now, onto the important stuff! This week’s post is inspired by my “Be Seen, Be Heard” sweatshirt des...
  • Two Ps in a pod: Programs & PIs
    19 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. - Plato August is just around the corner and, for many, August marks the start of the new academic year. If applying to grad school, August is...
  • Urgency vs. importance
    12 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. - Dwight D. Eisenhower It is hard to manage priorities for several reasons including: 1) it’s not always obvious what should ...
  • New kid on the block
    05 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    This week, I’m focusing on first-year PhD students. I’m thrilled to know so many who are beginning their PhD journeys this fall (shoutout to my “Let’s Talk Grad School” weekend group!) and am excited ...
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