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.
PRODUCTIVE WRITER BY THE CORNELL GRADUATE SCHOOL
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE ROLLING STONES AND GRADUATE-SCHOOL MANAGEMENT
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.