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PRODUCTIVE WRITER BY THE CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL

Jose Mckinnon, 28 of Tampico, Mexico and Brownsville, had a fascination growing up that a lot of children typically have: He wanted to be an astronaut. "I find great beauty in astronomy. It is plain fascinating, exciting and fun: space, stars, planets, black holes, deep space and all the mysteries that are yet to be discovered," said McKinnon, a student in The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas - San Antonio's joint doctoral program in physics.

(November 2013)
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PRODUCTIVE WRITER BY THE CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL

Do you have writing goals for your thesis, dissertation, or other writing projects in 2013-2014? Have you resolved to be a more productive writer this academic year? If so, join our community of writers by subscribing to the Productive Writer listserv to receive emails twice a month with advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer.

(September 2013)
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COMMON PITFALLS TO AVOID IN YOUR CV

If you are applying for a staff position in academe, you may know a bit about the tug-of-war inherent in trying to collapse your entire career into a single-page, one-sided résumé, without resorting to microscopic fonts and invisible margins.

(September 2013)
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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL

So you are starting graduate school, eh? Against all of our best advice here in the blogosphere, you are determined to embark on the scholarly life. Well, you know what I have to say about that?

(August 2013)
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MASTER'S DEGREE IS NEW FRONTIER OF STUDY ONLINE

Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master's degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. It even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education.

(August 2013)
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10 MUST-ASK QUESTIONS FOR THE CAMPUS INTERVIEW

Visiting a campus for the first time can be a dizzying and chaotic experience even when you are just attending a conference or visiting a colleague. When you are in town to interview for a position it can be even more stressful, which is one reason why it's important to think ahead about questions you want answered or people you want to meet while there.

(August 2013)
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THE PROFESSOR IS IN

Karen Kelsky is a career consultant who runs the Web site The Professor Is In. She's been a tenured professor at two public universities (Oregon and Illinois) and has advised many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mentored junior faculty.

(August 2013)
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INTRODUCING VITAE, A NEW ONLINE SERVICE FROM THE CHRONICLE

The Chronicle of Higher Education has always been known as a place to find a job in academe as well as to read news and advice about the intricacies of careers on campuses around the world. For more than 35 years, job seekers have relied on the hundreds of classified ads every week in our print edition, and, since the 1990s, on our website everyday.

(July 2013)
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HEAD OF AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES QUITS AFTER RÉSUMÉ CONTROVERSY

Leslie Cohen Berlowitz has agreed to resign as president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on July 31, after she was accused of embellishing her résumé with a spurious doctoral degree, The Boston Globe reported.

(July 2013)
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THE ROLLING STONES AND GRADUATE-SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

Jazz ensembles typically feature a commanding central figure - think Miles Davis or Coltrane ringed by highly mutable lineups of often brilliant sidemen. Rock bands, as the term "band" suggests, tend to be less fluid, even when a celebrated lead singer or "guitar hero" fronts a generally stable but occasionally shifting group of fellow band members.

(July 2013)
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LET'S END THESIS TYRANNY

Many of my first year college students have been battle-trained in writing thesis statements by the time I get them. But rather than opening doors to thought, the thesis quickly closes them. Instead of offering a guiding hand, the thesis carries a baseball bat, muscling its way into writer's thoughts and beating information into submission.

(July 2013)
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YOU HAVE THE M.A. WHAT NOW?

As career counselors for graduate students, we often hear from people who are (or were) in a master's program and are uncertain about their career options. Some of them intended to seek a Ph.D. but opted to leave academe with an M.A. or M.S. We thought that in this column, we would focus on evaluating career goals for such students.

(July 2013)
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PH.D. ATTRITION: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

When William Chace entered graduate school in English at the University of California at Berkeley in 1961, he was one of an astonishing 120 new graduate students in his department alone. Of that cohort, just 12 wound up receiving Ph.D.'s.

(July 2013)
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THE HUMANITIES, DECLINING? NOT ACCORDING TO THE NUMBERS

In recent years, enrollments in the humanities have plummeted. The evidence is everywhere: Last month, in The New York Times, Verlyn Klinkenborg noted "the recent shift away from the humanities" in an essay titled "The Decline and Fall of the English Major."

(July 2013)
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BIOLOGY PROFESSOR AND GRADUATE STUDENT TO TRAVEL TO SIBERIA ON RESEARCH TRIP

A member of The University of Texas at Brownsville's Department of Biological Sciences will travel to Siberia this summer to conduct ongoing research on climate warming, the increase of wildfires and carbon cycling. Dr. Heather Alexander, an Assistant Professor teaching Plant Ecology, Global Change Biology and South Texas Ecosystems leaves Tuesday, July 9 for the Northeast Science Station.

(July 2013)
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STUDENTS EXPERIENCE THE SCANDANAVIAN PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Fourteen students in the School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville recently returned from a three-week study abroad trip to Sweden and Denmark. Dr. Mostafa Malki, Associate Professor in the Department of Finance and Economics said the focus of the trip was to meet with public and private officials in charge of economic and business development.

(June 2013)
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STUDENT EARNS FIRST DOUBLE DEGREE FROM UTB AND RUSSIAN UNIVERSITY

Liudmila "Mila" Svetlova, an international graduate student at The University of Texas at Brownsville, is breaking ground on a new double degree program between UTB and the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

(June 2013)
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TO APPLY OR NOT TO APPLY

Advising graduate students can be hard work, but advising students who want to go to graduate school may be harder. Plenty of professors now say that students considering graduate school should pass it up.

(June 2013)
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FIRST M.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS AT SRPING COMMENCEMENT MAY 11

Students Rosa Isela Law and Josefina "Josie" Gamez have a few things in common. Both will receive the first Master of Arts in Psychology to be awarded at The University of Texas at Brownsville during Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11.

(April 2013)
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SELF-SABOTAGE IN THE ACADEMIC CAREER

Pogo recognized long ago that we often are our own worst enemies. Sure, he was a cartoon character, but he had a point - especially in higher education, where self-sabotage seems to be a standard characteristic.

(April 2013)
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PH.D.'S SPEND BIG BUCK HUNTING FOR ACADEMIC JOBS, WITH NO GUARANTEED RESULTS

Ph.D.'s are used to shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in the name of education. But earning the top graduate degree doesn't mean their spending has come to an end.

(March 2013)
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THINGS I DIDN'T LEARN IN GRADUATE SCHOOL

For more than 30 years now, I have benefited in my professional practice in student affairs from having attended some terrific graduate programs. It's important to say that explicitly, upfront, as I'm about to focus on the things I didn't learn in graduate school.

(March 2013)
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ETS SHARES DATA ON FIRST CROP OF STUDENTS WHO TOOK REVISED GRE TEST

The Educational Testing Service has released a report with a breakdown of the average scores of people who took a new version of its GRE General Test, an entrance examination used by most graduate-school programs, along with other characteristics about the test takers.

(February 2013)
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THE DISSERTATION CAN NO LONGER BE DEFENDED

The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. So now what? Rethinking the academic centerpiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start, as many people believe, Ph.D. programs are in a state of crisis.

(February 2013)
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MBA'S SALARY-ENHANCING POWER SLASHED

The MBA degree, often seen as the quickest route to a fat salary, no longer delivers the purchasing power it once did.

(January 2013)
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ONLINE GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM RANKED NATIONALLY BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

The University of Texas at Brownsville is ranked 39th nationally in U.S. News 7 World Report's 2013 Best Online Education Program Rankings released on Tuesday, January 15.

(January 2013)
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MANAGE YOUR CAREER

Jenny: New Year's resolutions are tricky thing - easy to make and hard to keep. We all know that yet each year we attempt to make ourselves, and our world, a bit better.

(January 2013)
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