Surviving Graduate School ***Successfully *** by t00fA3T


									  Keys to Being a Successful
(and Ethical) Graduate Student

                   Jeannette D. Hoit
  Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

            University of Arizona Graduate Orientation
                          August 15, 2012
   Isn’t graduate school just
     more of the same …?

• Programs are more individualized

• Expectations are higher

• Relationships with faculty are closer

• In short, the “culture” is different
 What can you do to help ensure
your success in graduate school?

  •   Take charge of your program
  •   Reach out and get out
  •   Stay balanced
  •   Manage your time well
  •   Be flexible and creative
  •   Communicate with your mentors
  •   Understand the culture and the rules of
      ethical behavior
Successful Survival Scenarios
Scenario: Choosing a Mentor

You came to UA specifically to work with
Dr. Famous. After 3 years of working with
her, you finally admit to yourself that
you’d rather do your dissertation with
another professor on another topic, but
you have already committed yourself to
Dr. Famous.

What should you do?

•   Find a good fit
•   Communicate
•   Create a mentor network
•   Change is always an option
Scenario: Conducting a Survey

For your thesis, you decide to survey
people enrolled in fitness programs about
their knowledge of exercise physiology.
You write a questionnaire and interview
100 people before telling your mentor
(because you want to impress him with
your initiative and independence).

Do you think he will be impressed?
      (Impressed, but not pleased!)

• Communicate with your mentor

• Get approval from the Institutional
  Review Board (IRB) and human
  subjects training
Scenario: Funding Your Study

You are planning to do a study which will
require a piece of equipment ($1,000) that is
not available in your department. So, you
decide to hold weekly bake sales to raise the
money to purchase it.

Is it legal to hold bake sales for this purpose?

          Well, I suppose it’s legal…

• Apply for a grant

• Grants provide funding and “added value”
Scenario: Publishing a Paper

You have just written a paper based on
your first-year project. Your mentor
advises you to submit it to a journal.
You follow her advice, but first you post
the paper on your website.

Is this the best way to “get the word out”
about your project?
                *** No ***

• Website posting = published

• Peer-reviewed article > website posting
 Scenario: Writing a Resume

You are in your last semester of your
graduate program and you are getting ready
to look for a faculty job at a university. You
don’t have a resume and you don’t know how
to write one.

What should you do?
• Curriculum vitae (CV), not resume

• Resources (career center, mentors,
  books, websites, courses)

• Advice/feedback from mentors

• Application letters and interviewing
Scenario: Managing Your Time

You are scheduled to give a talk about your
first-year project, and you are required to
write a paper on the same project. You
decide to save time by writing the paper first
so that you can read it for your talk.

Is this a good time management strategy?
           ** Not necessarily **

• Speaking ≠ writing

• Effective speaking and effective writing
  are critical skills -- develop them!
Being a graduate student can be:

graduate student requires:

         Sense of humor
    ... Many special skills ...
                  Effective Speaking
                    Effective Writing
    Authorship, Publication, and Peer Review
           Career Options and Preparation
             Compliance Requirements
                  Human Subjects
                    Animal Care
                Intellectual Property
Integrity in Research and Other Creative Activities
                   Ethical Issues
Survival Skills and Ethics
           (SPH 649)
        Spring Semesters

    Jeannette (Jenny) Hoit

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