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August 30, 2018

Research Culture and Climate: It’s On Us (again)

  “ We create culture in our moment by moment interactions with one another.” —Teresa Posakony, Emerging Wisdom   As a number of recent National Academies of Sciences reports have shown, we have work ahead of us within academic and research environments across the country. As early career researchers, postdocs can struggle to fit in…

January 18, 2018

Staying Motivated During the Winter

Whether you are new to the beautiful Pacific Northwest or have lived here for several years, the winter season can serve as a helpful reminder to engage in habits that motivate and inspire you to do your best work. Below are a few strategies that can help keep you energized throughout the quarter. Stay hydrated….

May 26, 2016

Ground Yourself These Last Few Weeks of the Quarter

We see how hard you’re working.  You’re running here and there, juggling multiple responsibilities related to all aspects of who you are as a graduate or professional student.  In the midst of this spring quarter chaos, we want to offer you some tips to help ground you in these last few weeks of the quarter….

March 16, 2016

Break?! Making Time For Yourself

We know that depending on your graduate or professional degree program, “spring break” looks very different from your days as an undergraduate–at least in terms of the work. You may be doing fieldwork locally or globally, applying for funding, preparing for job searches or qualifying exams, writing your thesis or dissertation, or working at a…

March 3, 2016

Building and Maintaining Momentum

It’s nearing the end of winter quarter, and we know it can be difficult to keep your spirits and energy up as you work to fulfill on and off campus responsibilities.  We are right there with you.  Here are five tips to help keep you going: Set achievable goals.  Rather than promising yourself that you’re…

December 10, 2015

Thriving in Graduate School with Peer Mentoring

Throughout the past few months, Core Programs has sent out newsletters offering wellness, intellectual, and professional development strategies to help you thrive during—and beyond—graduate school. As part of our continued efforts to connect you with ideas and resources that support you in being your whole self, we dedicate this newsletter to the topic of peer…

October 15, 2015

Addressing Difference and Growing Your Support

Are any of these thoughts affecting you? “I should understand that theory or concept already!” “If I speak up to say I don’t understand something, I’ll look stupid in class.” “I’m not participating the way everyone else is, so there must be something wrong with me.” “Where is my community?” Every graduate and professional student…

May 14, 2015

Being Supportive and Getting Support: Suicide Prevention for Grad Students

“It will never get any better,” or “I can’t take it anymore”–sometimes phrases like these appear as posts on social media or comments in passing. Other times it’s behaviors such as being increasingly anxious, withdrawing from others, increasing drug/alcohol use, or expressing thoughts about wanting to die or feeling like a burden. Combined together, these…

March 5, 2015

I Am Not Perfect, I Am a Whole Person

Do any of these sound familiar to you? “My paper has to be perfect, before I submit it to my advisors. They’ll think I’m stupid otherwise.” “I can’t lose my train of thought during my presentation.” “I have to run the numbers many more times, before I start my report. If I don’t, my labmates…

January 8, 2015

Building Resilience: Moving Forward During the Winter

Welcome back to campus! We hope that you enjoyed your well-deserved holiday break. As you move forward into the winter quarter, we acknowledge that there could be a marked shift in your experience as a graduate student. The days are both shorter and longer as you spend hours working inside. Personal and work deadlines also…

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