Spring GradFest is 30 October – 3 November, with many sessions to help you on the thesis journey. There are also new sessions on statistics, field work, and proofreading, plus social events that you won’t want to miss!
Wherever you’re at in your postgraduate studies, there will be something helpful to you. For example, every time I finish writing for the day, I use a tip I learned from a previous GradFest session: write down your thoughts so you know where to start up again the next day. It can be as simple as creating a few bullet points of ideas. Or you might list some sources you know you need to check out from the library. You’d be surprised how often you forget your train of thought if you close the document without doing this! This is just one of the useful tips about thesis writing from GradFest that help make my thesis journey a little easier.
If you’re planning on publishing, GradFest can also help prepare you for the process. You’ll learn about peer review, open access, and authorship issues, which all came in handy when I began publishing articles. Knowing what to expect made the process less stressful, and I had a better idea of which questions to ask along the way. The presenters have been through the process before and have great advice – take the opportunity to learn from them so you’ll be ready.
Visit the Spring GradFest webpage to see which sessions and events are waiting for you this spring.
-Kara, international PhD student at UC
Philipp Sueltrop from College of Engineering won first place in the UC Thesis in Three finals with his very engaging presentation on Rocket fuel slosh. Who knew coffee and rockets had so much in common?
Stop-the-Press: Congratulations again to Philipp who has just returned from representing UC at the Asia-Pacific 3MT (Three-Minute-Thesis) competition in Brisbane. Philipp got into the top 10 finalists from 55 Asia-Pacific Universities.
Each year, the Dean of Postgraduate Research at UC sponsors and organises the Thesis in Three competition for postgraduate students. PhD and Masters students give a three-minute presentation to describe their thesis research with only a single presentation slide. The top three students from each college round go on to compete in the UC final.
Every year in October there is a sense of anticipation and excitement around campus. Not only is the academic year coming to a close, but summer is also on the way. If the excitement of this is not enough, the UCSA Tea Party will once again take place on Ilam fields, and it is not only for undergrads!
There are so many reasons to celebrate the end of the academic year. If you have been hard at work tutoring all year to ensure the young guns are able to pass their exams, then you should celebrate. If you managed to smash out a couple of chapters and are thinking of a summer holiday, then you should celebrate. Or, if you need to put your head down and make some serious progress on your thesis then why not one last massive party, so big you won’t need another one until 2018?
However, as we all know, it is the people you’re with that make the day. Go and grab your postgrad mates (bribing or gentle coercion is encouraged), conduct a focus group on dress up options and get to work. You could go as a gaggle of geese or Tarzan or whatever, just make it memorable.
See, there are just so many reasons why you shouldn’t miss it. Every year UCSA pulls out all the stops with epic bands, super fun activities and chill out zones for everyone to enjoy. So clear your desk of old coffee cups, drag yourself out of the office and celebrate the coming of summer. Who said postgrad’s only sit in the office and do nothing but read and write? Not me, I’ll be at the Tea Party!
Written by Thomas Gillman, UCSA Postgrad Rep