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first_img Ready for takeoff New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community An Air Force major completes his Ph.D. and becomes a new parent — all in three years “I’m a first-generation Ph.D. student, so it’s important for me to have a space like this to ask questions and share things that might make me uncomfortable in other settings. There are students who come to Harvard with a tradition of Ph.D.s in their family, so they have a certain confidence,” added Torres. “Professor Bernstein assumes that we don’t know everything, which is great in many ways, because it is difficult when you don’t know something, but don’t want to appear as if you don’t know it.”To combat fatigue and burnout, Bernstein’s students also got an education in time management and the “rhythm” of academic workflow. There was no final paper or exam for the course, but students submitted written assignments nearly every week for a cumulative grade.“The work never escalates, but it is challenging and significant,” said Bernstein. “There are no highs and lows in terms of deadlines, which is a rhythm that is most helpful when it comes time to write a dissertation. It’s important to be prompt and move with alacrity, but never to rush.”For many students, the class also offered a valuable opportunity to address issues like imposter syndrome and the anxieties associated with not knowing the unwritten rules of the academy.“Something that comes up in this class often is the acknowledgement that most people in graduate school historically were white men, and that’s especially true at Harvard,” said Caleb Shelburne ’18, a first-year Ph.D. student in the history of science. “These systems were not necessarily designed to preserve white power or patriarchy, but they do, functionally, because of who has access to the systems. A class like this that addresses those systems, makes them explicit, and critiques them.”“As each year passes, I am continually surprised by how many things we’re expected to know,” said Divya Chandramouli, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in South Asian studies. “There can be shame associated with not knowing something in graduate school, and in this class that shame is being addressed in a productive and healthy way. I hope that eventually every student in graduate school here has access to something like this.” What does an academic CV look like? Is it important to join a scholarly association? How do travel grants work?The skills and information graduate students need to succeed extend far beyond what they learn in their classes. In a new course designed and taught by Robin Bernstein and offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), newbies learn the “hidden curriculum” of graduate school and how to navigate the singular world of academia.“There’s no reason that anybody should be expected to know anything that they haven’t been taught,” said Bernstein, the Dillon Professor of American History and professor of African and African American Studies and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality. “Whenever a person is expected to pick up something magically, that’s a sure sign that power is working in insidious ways and a sure sign that elitism is afoot, in the case of academia. The goal of this course is to democratize the knowledge that is needed to succeed in graduate school and in academia.”Bernstein conceived of “Introduction to Graduate School: Skills and Practices for Scholarly Success” five years ago and launched the course this fall for students in the social sciences and arts and humanities. Course topics included building a professional website, applying for research grants, and reading academic material efficiently.“Graduate school is a professionalizing experience, and I’m a very practical person, so as soon as I got here, I wanted to find the class that would tell me everything I needed to know about succeeding,” said Massiel Torres, a second-year Ph.D. student in romance languages and literatures. “From our coursework in our departments, we gain knowledge to master our fields, but I also wanted to know the core of what we do as professionals. This class demystifies that process.”From reverse-engineering CVs of working professors to developing note-taking tactics for dense texts, each activity was designed to give students a roadmap to better understand the expectations. Students also compared strategies and commiserated about the issues they faced inside and outside the classroom.“The class is wonderful, and Professor Bernstein is very informative,” said Joseph Núñez, a second-year doctoral student in anthropology. “Students are open about their anxieties. Instead of this class being thought of as patching weaknesses, we understand that we’re strengthening and expanding our skills and knowledge beyond graduate school. We discuss some of the nuances associated with academic and [alternative academic] careers.” “There can be shame associated with not knowing something in graduate school, and in this class that shame is being addressed in a productive and healthy way.” — Divya Chandramouli, fourth-year Ph.D. student Authors of their own stories Related Home and economics Talia Gillis became pregnant with twins while taking on two doctoral programslast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianThe digital age has arrived at the $18 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va. The institution on Wednesday reported that more than three-quarters of all member transactions involved online or mobile devices during 2014.Specifically, 80% of member interactions—including logons, balance checks and transactions with PenFed —involved a web or mobile device. Comparatively, 15% took place via phone, and 5% involved branch visits, according to PenFed President/CEO James Schenck. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity tennis team came home victorious from the Chaparral Tournament, the junior varsity baseball team is 5-1, and there’s a busy sports schedule the rest of the week…•••••Wellington boys win tennis tourneyWellington Varsity Boys Tennis Team won the Chaparral Invitational in Anthony on Tuesday. At No. 1 Singles, Tyler Pettegrew took second place beating Voeller of Fairfield 8-0 and Segwig of Douglas 8-1 before losing to Nulik of Chaparral 8-4 in the Championship.At No. 2 Singles, Brock Edwards took first place beating Shoenecker of Fairfield 8-2, Weese of Douglas 8-4 and Friesen of Meade 8-5 in the Championship.At No. 1 Doubles, Dutch Brownlee and Avery Chaney also took first place beating Sanchez/Dunn of Fairfield 8-1, Bible/Basham of Douglas 8-2 and Coon/Roe of Kingman 8-6 in the championship.At #2 doubles, Ian King and Carson LeGrand took second place beating Lanning/Knight of Fairfield 8-4 and Wiede/Burgosh of Douglas 8-4 before losing to Reimer/Martin of Meade 8-6 in the championship.•••••JV baseball, C team get busyThe Wellington junior varsity baseball team split a double header with Mulvane on Thursday and sweep Belle Plaine on Tuesday.Wellington beat Mulvane 4-1 in game one but lost 16-11 in game two. Then on Tuesday, Wellington would cruise past Belle Plaine winning 13-3 and 7-4.  The junior varsity is 5-3 for the season.•••••Schedule this weekIt gets really busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Here are the sporting events throughout Sumner County:Wellington — Wellington golf — The Crusader golf team hosts its annual invitational at the golf course starting at 1 p.m. Wellington baseball-softball — Wellington will be traveling to Augusta. The varsity and junior varsity baseball team starts at 4 p.m. and the varsity and girls softball team play at 4:30 p.m.Wellington track — A selected number of track athletes are participating in the Wichita State University track meet in Wichita this weekend.Wellington boys tennis — Wellington varsity travels to Andover at 3 p.m .on Thursday.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more