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This tweet taking off is a reminder if something supports your world view you’ll like and use it when you should be engaging critical skills. Here are academics enthusiastically sharing a small Twitter poll as a survey. Try sharing useful and nuanced research - tumbleweed 😢
Also if you’re going to share a poll or anything else your first job is to cite the original. This is basic research practice and it did not happen here as @InductiveStep and others rightly pointed out.
How can we do better when sharing research on academic life?
- use robust research (there’s lots of it)
- cite and link to it
- check against other research
- critique and question
- synthesise research and share
- put it into practice
- tell others how it worked out for you
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Hopefully my suggestions help #PhD students and others working on the Discussion section of scientific manuscripts. Happy writing!

#AcademicTwitter #writingtips #WritingHacks #gradschool #phdchat @AcademicChatter Image
I'm so glad people found this helpful! 🙂

Follow me for more tips in the coming weeks on scientific presentations, grant writing, and more 👍
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I've reviewed about 14 statements of purpose this year from students and friends applying to #gradschool across MS CS, Data Science, Ph.D. CS, EE, and AI/ML-focused programs. Here's a 🧵of what I learned.

#AcademicChatter #SOP #phdlife
1. You need 2-3 weeks of writing with a solid 1.5-week gap in the middle to get that 'fresh' perspective on your own professional journey. Start early!
2. Being objective* about your experience is far, far better than 'weaving stories'.

*a 3-liner with motivation, technical contribution, quantifiable outcome.
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Many thanks to the awesome ladies at @IWS_Network for the chance to share my #immigrant #womanofcolour #womaninscience👩🏽‍🔬story throughout this week as part of their Voices Without Frontiers program!…
#IWSvoices #WomenInSTEM
I was born in #Guyana 🇬🇾
➡️ Amerindian name meaning “Land of Many Waters”.
➡️small in size (<800, 000 people), rich in natural resources
➡️only English-speaking country in South America
➡️Diversity of people with amazing cultural mix @IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM ImageKaieteur Falls - world's la...Photo Source: Guyana Times
Genetically I’m Indian - ancestors brought to ‘British Guiana’ from India during colonial times to work on #sugarplantations.

Culturally I’m #Caribbean as #Guyana shares historical and cultural ties with other Anglo-Caribbean countries.

@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS #WomenInSTEM East Woman in the Anglo-Car...
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Here is the response of an Associate Professor to our friend's SoP.

In your estimation, what are the chances of this candidate for a PhD position in her department?

Good or Goooooood?
#gradschool #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
If you are still in the process of developing a captivating statement, here are the comprehensive resources this candidate used.

Paragraph 1- How to start your statement of purpose
Paragraph 2- How to explain your educational and research background

Paragraph 3- How to explain your work/volunteer experience and related skills
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I got 4 fully funded PhD offers in the USA

Here is what you can learn from each paragraph of my SOP

Check reply for this #thread....

#AcademicTwitter #phdchat #PhDposition #phdlife #phdvoice #phdadvice #phdpositions #Scholarships #Phdapplications
Paragraph 1 (P1): Introduction

- Problem you want your career to solve

- Why the problem raises concern

- Why the problem needs to be solved

- Your career statement (may involve your aim to provide solution to the problem)

- Declare your intention to apply for a program
P2: Research
- Your research at undergrad and or post-baccalaureate
- Describe problem, approach, result, & significance of your research
- Highlight your role in the success of the research
- State how your research will influence your success in #gradschool
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I love seeing the first day of #gradschool pics! No one asked, and I don’t have all the answers, but for those starting this journey, here’s some advice and things I wish I’d known sooner: 🧵
1.) Others’ successes are not your failures.

Be happy for your colleagues’ successes (publications, awards, grants, etc.) and try not to compare yourself too much or internalize others’ successes as an evaluation of your own self-worth.
2.) Ask questions.

Your job isn’t to know everything or to be the smartest person in the room. Your job is to learn and apply skills. Chances are, others are also confused or have the same question. Ask away!
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Today’s #ResearchTip is keep a database when you’re trying to get people on board with your research. It’ll help keep track of who’s keen to join, who isn’t, and why.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicMentalHealth #gradschool #PhDChat #PhDHelp #HigherEd
This database should be for the network you’re building to inform and advance your research. Keeping track of who you’re approaching, whether they’re interested or ready to join in, and in what capacity, helps track the time you’re spending and who is an ally or an obstruction.
It can be especially useful if you are needing to justify to supervisors, bosses or funders how long research is taking. It can also be a good way to track what you share (which can help if you fear other potential contacts are not reliable or trustworthy).
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This is a heavy one. As I rebuild my life, God is helping me to unlearn this mindset of blindly tolerating the disrespect of institutions & the people that run these institutions. A prime example are institutions of higher education. Image
Now, there are several reasons why I tolerated the high level of blatant disrespect from my research advisor for so long, to the point of eventually BREAKING myself. COMPLETELY. And guess what? NONE of the “institutionalists” offered ANY help.
Haven’t heard a peep from ANYONE to this day! But, my GOD RESTORED ME. So here I am. Now, here’s the thing. I was wrong. I was of the mind, that since these people are more well learned than I am, went to elite universities, furnishing fancy PhDs,…
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Today’s #ResearchTip is opinions and ideas are interesting, but rigorous and scholarly practice requires you situate those ideas with existing research. It’s a skill many struggle with, so more in thread /1 #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat
You may have experiences and perspectives you feel strongly about. Or see others discussing things you dis/agree with. Working in a university doesn’t magically make you more informed. Your ideas or observations need checking and exploring alongside research others have done /2
This doesn’t mean a cursory quick Google or looking in one academic search engine. It means identifying key words and search parameters and looking across disciplines. Then appraising, critiquing, reflecting and synthesising what you discover. How does it fit with your idea? /3
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In case this (or something like it) ever happens to you, editors should NOT send out reviews like this. Reviewers should be trained in competent, clear and respectful reviewing. Push back hard if you get something like this. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #PhDChat #gradschool
Criticisms that say work needs a do-over or re-starting need to explain why and how. No snark without solution. If it's just a 'you're terrible, go away and start again' remark it does not belong anywhere.
If you get a review like this you cite the COPE ethical guidelines for reviewers "be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory
and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments"…
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Today's #ResearchTip is if you notice someone being bullied,harassed,sidelined,badmouthed or otherwise disadvantaged, be an active bystander! Not sure what that means? Find out in the thread #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicMentalHealth #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd /1
What does being an active bystander involve? It means noticing if someone is at risk (even if they are not aware of it themselves) and either checking they're okay, helping them move to safety, acting as a witness, or intervening to prevent a situation escalating or continuing /2
For example if you noticed a colleague was being harassed you could
- check they were okay
- suggest you go somewhere else
- position yourself in ways that puts a block between an abuser and their victim
- note what's happening
- acknowledge it is not okay
- avoid escalation /3
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Today’s #ResearchTip is...did you know if someone’s created a research tool (interview schedule, questionnaire etc) and it would work for your research then you can - and should - use it? Here’s why and how /1
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #PhDChat #gradschool #dissertation
If an existing research tool could be used in your study it’ll save time, allow you to build on existing research, and help you network with other researches in your field. If someone describes using a tool/technique in a paper it’s fine to email them and ask for more details /2
Researchers can let you have a copy of their research tool which you can either replicate or amend (assuming it won’t affect validity). It might be you translate or adapt it in other ways depending on your participants, so piloting is key. /3
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1/ THREAD. MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. Application deadline: February 1. That's MONDAY! Let me say a few things about our program first, and then I'll provide a CODE for an application FEE WAIVER at the end of this thread. #MFA #gradschool #creativewriting
2/ While some of our MFA students focus on one genre, many write across genres. @tryphena_yeboah published her first poetry chapbook last year with @AkashicBooks, has published stories @NarrativeMag, and is writing a thesis in fiction with thesis director Richard Bausch.
3/ Likewise, @lizharmer published her first novel with @penguinrandom while she was an MFA student here, her second novel is forthcoming in 2022, and she drafted a memoir as her thesis, with me as the thesis director. Lots of our students take a workshop in a second genre.
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There's so much competitiveness during the application process and beyond; how do you handle it?

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditional
The unfortunate truth about academia (in its current state) is that it's relentlessly competitive. Motivational quotes abound on not comparing yourself to others, but that's MUCH more easily said than done, especially when other people sometimes do the comparing for you.
So how can you survive the rest of the application process (and hopefully beyond) as gracefully as possible?

Firstly, I want to address "online forums." I won't name any because if you already know them, then you know what I'm talking about, and if you don't know any of them,...
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You've finished your interview(s) and you're tired, but it's not over quite yet! What should you do after interviews?

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditional
Firstly, congratulate yourself for making it through the interview! Take some time to relax and reflect on your experience, especially if you have forthcoming interviews for other programs. Take note of questions and positive and negative moments that stuck out to you.
*Huge note: PLEASE try not to beat yourself up too much if you didn't know the answer to every question in the interview. Depending on the type of interview (and interviewer) you had, there might have been many difficult questions presented to you, specifically for the purpose...
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Outlining a few common interview formats and what you might be able to expect from each.

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditional
For each program that invites you to interview, you'll likely get more details about the format of the interview in the confirmation after you accept the invitation, or in a separate email later on. If a week or so has passed since you received your confirmation but you're...
still unsure about the format or any other details, don't hesitate to reach out to the person who sent the interview invitation.

In my experience, there were two main types of interview formats: individual and panel.

For individual interviews, you'll speak with just one person.
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Your applications are submitted, and interview invitations will (hopefully) be coming in soon; how do you prepare?

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditional
The first thing I recommend after all your applications are submitted is to take at least a few days, if possible, and just REST! Celebrate your hard work thus far, and try your best to breathe and recharge a bit before you take on the rest of the application cycle.
As you start receiving interview invitations, my first piece of advice echoes my last post: be kind, polite, and respectful at all times! This is a very busy time for administrative staff, so please be understanding if you don't get responses to your emails right away, or if...
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Today, we are going to be discussing some aspects of US grad applications and interview aspects that you need to consider in advance!

*This is written from a general STEM POV so may not directly apply to other fields.
#DisInHigherEd #PhDChat #GradSchool #DisabledInSTEM
STEM PhD and some STEM Master's programs in the U.S. are funded, but the stipend amount and source of funding vary among programs. Some require fellowship applications to be submitted alongside graduate applications.
While programs mention "guaranteed" funding for a certain amount of time, most funding for stipends after the 1st year are paid directly by your advisor, so you will want to make sure the advisor has the funds to pay you because the advisor may not clarify for you
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The year is running to an end and you might probably think there are no-more scholarships to apply for.

Oh well, I bring you over 40 MSc, PhD & Postdoc scholarships closing in December & January.

RT & Share with your friends💪

#AcademicChatter #gradschool #Scholarships

Eligibility; International students can apply
Value: 10,000 Euro
Deadline: 6 December 2020…

Eligibility: Students who are top 10% of Bachelor’s programme
Value: Tuition and living allowance
Deadline: 15 December 2020…
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Since I was a #graduate student, I’ve been struck by the variability in advisor-student relationships. While some are amazing, fruitful, and inspiring to watch, others are a downward spiral of awfulness and pain. 1/10 #gradschool #AcademicTwitter
Despite this, not only are #professors not taught how to be good mentors, but there is almost never any penalty or remediation for those with awful track records. 2/10 #mentorship
As a #stress and #socialsupport researcher, it was evident to me that advisor-advisee #relationships were likely having an effect on student stress, well-being and health. Surprisingly, no one had ever looked at this before. 3/10
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My interview w/ @GrecianFormula:

With its continued dev't of #ASBMs & associated targeting architecture, #China continues to work on changing the game in #SCS & beyond—but so too does US w/ its own developments & countermeasures.…
The game is afoot, and much is at stake.

But by no means is the game over for @USNavy, in the #SouthChinaSea or anywhere else.

My #BottomLine: there’s no cause for declinist defeatism.…
In @Princeton @PUPolitics's PhD program, I had many great colleagues, incl. @ChongJaIan; w/ @osmastro & @AdamPLiff to follow!

I focused my research on #Chinese #Aerospace Development. Historical summary:…

#BottomLine: PRC prioritized #ballistic #missiles.
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How do you choose your recommenders, and what should they write in their letters?

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditional
Recommendation letters for grad school are more important than you might think. In my experience, most programs ask for 2-4 letters, so you should choose your recommenders as wisely as you can.

Unless stated otherwise, programs will most likely expect all your recommenders to...
be academic, so think about any former professors, supervisors, department chairs, advisors, etc. who may be able to speak well on your academic abilities and aptitude, even if they were in a different field than the one you're applying to study in grad school.
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Addressing "red flags" on your application: when, why, and how to do it.

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #gradschool #firstgen #nontraditionalstudent
"Red flags" on an application can include many different things, like less-than-stellar grades/exam scores, a disciplinary record, and many others.

My first piece of advice is to try to discern what red flags you *actually* have. Especially if you're prone to self-doubt and...
insecurities, please seek as much advice as you can, preferably from people in your field, to ask if the things you're concerned about are actually WORTH being concerned about. For example, if your GPA isn't perfect, but it's decently above the minimum cutoff for the program,...
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