Make Your Graduate School Experience Unique to You…

Hello everyone, and welcome to this year’s Graduate Student Blog! I am glad to be back blogging again and hope that these weekly insights shared by my peers and I will be helpful to you during graduate school. To (re)introduce myself, I’ll briefly just say that I recently completed my MSc and am now a … [Read more…]

Welcome Back!

The graduate student blog is resuming for the 2017-2018 academic year. We are very excited to have nine graduate students on board, who will be blogging about their experiences as graduate students at Memorial. We would like to introduce our bloggers: Chris Lively is from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada and is completing a PhD in … [Read more…]

We’ll be back soon!

The Graduate Students Blog has concluded for the 2016-2017 season. We hope you enjoyed reading the posts by our graduate students over the past year. The blog will resume mid-September with familiar faces, as well as a few new ones. Enjoy the rest of your summer before the Fall semester begins in a couple of … [Read more…]

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey…

We are now post-Regatta as I write this. Conventional wisdom in St. John’s is that the weather starts to turn a little colder and that summer weather is done for.  However, so far, we are still doing pretty well. As I review my blog posts, I see that I have done a good job at … [Read more…]

Field Work Diaries: When things don’t go as expected…

A Tamarack (Larix laricina) seedling transplanted at my field site, King’s Point, NL. Well the growing season has definitely arrived in Newfoundland. I just came back from a hike where I noticed that for the most part, wildflowers have come and gone and that all the berries (which Newfoundland is known for) are starting to … [Read more…]

Field season: a time for reflection

Hey everyone! If there’s one thing you all know about me by now, it’s that I am absolutely in love with my research! That, and I just can’t seem to stop talking about it…but the thing is, I had to love it. When I set out to find a grad school program, I had to … [Read more…]

Patience is a virtue: short-term and long-term

Short-term patience We slog across the barrens as the rain comes at us sideways. We’re dressed appropriately for the weather – I’m still dry. Visibility is not great, but we see a caribou in the distance. I pull out my binoculars and my lab-mate asks: “do you see a calf?”. I squint through the rain … [Read more…]

Letter to the Editors

Dear Editors in Chief, I’m addressing this letter to you today to commend you on the work you’ve accomplished so far and encourage you as you approach your upcoming thesis completion. You might be a writer that edits as they go or you might be a speed writer that tackles their thesis head-on with the … [Read more…]

Looking forward…

Hello everyone! In my last entry, we had barely started into Spring (if one could have called it that), but as I write this blog we are now full on into Summer and St. John’s is beautiful! (Disclaimer: this may not be the actual case by the time this blog is posted and may also … [Read more…]

A new semester, a new routine…

When I last left you I was starting Spring semester, anticipating pleasant weather, and starting to prepare for comprehensive exams. I write today, pretty much in the same boat.  While the weather has gotten marginally better, I am still waiting for it to warm up a bit!  I have been outside enjoying running and biking, … [Read more…]