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Graduate School: Applying, Living, Thesising

The Professional Student is a blog about everything grad school from the application process to my experiences living as a grad student, being a parent in grad school, and researching the role of chemistry in the evolution of our universe.

Scientific outreach isn't just for kids

Olivia Wilkins

 At the end of January, I joined Caltech's chemistry club at Cleveland Elementary in Pasadena. Being at an elementary school, my audience seemed obvious: the younger half of the popular K-12 outreach target. What I found, however, was that parents were just as, if not more, interested in the demonstrations, and I realized that in outreach to students, we often overlook an important ally: their parents and guardians.

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TeachWeek: Day 5

Olivia Wilkins

TeachWeek is a "celebration of teaching and learning" at Caltech. This year, the program is centered around the time of Empowering Learning. On the agenda for the fifth day: a rapid-fire session giving ideas and practices that can be incorporated into your own teaching.

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TeachWeek 2017: Day 4

Olivia Wilkins

TeachWeek is a "celebration of teaching and learning" at Caltech. This year, the program is centered around the time of Empowering Learning. On the agenda for the fourth day: a seminar about transforming general chemistry into a more active and effective experience.

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Applying to the NSF GRFP: The personal statement

Olivia Wilkins

Personal statements are often limited to one or two pages, but when applying for the NSF GRFP, you have up to three pages to tell your story. How do you use all of that space? How can you incorporate your past experiences with your future goals (especially if you don't know them yet)? No matter how you tackle these questions, it is important to tell your story.

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Relearning how to read

Olivia Wilkins

As an undergraduate, I learned the hard way that I needed to relearn how to read. After reading several scientific journal articles front-to-back, word-by-word, I was bored out of my mind and found that I was unable to recall any of the information (I thought) I had just taken in.

Here's an overview of the mindset you should have when tackling just about any (but specifically scientific) type of journal article.

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