I was looking at DMS Bulletin introducing new faculty at HMS last night, and saw that many new faculty gave excellent advices to graduate students. This prompted me to search for “advice to graduate students” on Google (interestingly “advices for graduate students” gives some different hits). Wow, what a treasure trove of wisdom. Here are a few excellent examples:
I wish someone had told me these when I started graduate school 15 years ago, and I wish I had shown our first graduate students at Tongji 3 years ago. Every graduate student should read it when they enter graduate school, and read it again when they have problems during graduate school. It is very interesting to see that some of the advices have been incorporated into our core values, and I should read me to see whether our core values could be improved.
This experience reminded me that we are in such an amazing information age. Any time I have a question, I can find good answers online. I spent several afternoons during the summer to teach Tongji students how to write CVs and papers, scientific marketing, etc. Probably better, I should teach them how to find answers online and learn themselves, which could help them career success after graduate school. I should also better use the web to teach myself.
So try it out, do some exploration such as:
How to respond to reviewers’ comments
Time management advices
How to select thesis project
Interacting with graduate advisor
How to read a biological paper
Work life balance tips
How to prepare a scientific talk