“What year of your Ph.D. are you at?” This is a question that all Ph.D. students hate, and everyone knows it is like asking a woman about their age. The hard feeling that comes with this question is that a Ph.D. student might spend 4 to 7 years in the program and as soon asContinue reading “How to finish your Ph.D. in less than three years?”
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Empowering Yourself on the PhD Journey
I left the Nano-Engineering Laboratory for Energy & Environmental Technologies (NLEET) research group at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) a few months ago. Looking back, it still excites me to believe that I was part of such a fantastic research group supervised by a great professor, Dr. Hadis Zarrin, with talented, diligent, and cooperative lab mates.Continue reading “Empowering Yourself on the PhD Journey”
IWA World Water Congress: From the Perspective of a YWP
From September 12 to 15, 2022, Copenhagen hosted the IWA World Water Congress, which included keynote speeches, an industrial plenary, and technical talks. The ambition of the Congress was to bring together multi-disciplinary professionals from the water industry to discuss issues pertaining to sustainability and the development of sustainable cities. Copenhagen was the prime location,Continue reading “IWA World Water Congress: From the Perspective of a YWP“
Canadian IWA YWPs at WEFTEC 2022
Written by Alexandra Webb, Eastern Canada Regional Director PHEW! Finally recovered and back into the routine after WEFTEC came back with a bang this year in its first New Orleans (NOLA) appearance since 2018. Reportedly a standout conference in the numbers for a NOLA-based conference year, with near-peak attendance (compared to pre-pandemic numbers), and moreContinue reading “Canadian IWA YWPs at WEFTEC 2022”
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it influenced my future plan as an Environmental Engineering graduate student
Written by Tae Hyun (Calvin) Chung, Ph.D. Student in Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta December 2019 marked the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. What initially began as distant news quickly overturned all facets of society and shook modern civilization at its core. Lockdowns ensued immediately, and with it, all but the essential stores closed. PanicContinue reading “Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it influenced my future plan as an Environmental Engineering graduate student”
Time management, you have more time than you think you do!
I have got this question in my life many times: “How do you find time for your studies, work, and kids?” And my answer is simple: Time Management. I finished my Ph.D. while working part-time, volunteering in three organizations, raising three kids, and on top of all these, going through a pandemic. Surprisingly, I finishedContinue reading “Time management, you have more time than you think you do!”
Graduate-level Teaching Practices to Improve Leadership Skills
The term ‘leadership’ is often misunderstood by many. It is not just about guiding a team to the glory of success; it is also about setting clear and functional goals for the team (and for self) and working diligently to accomplish those goals by inspiring the team members. The inspiration does not necessarily need toContinue reading “Graduate-level Teaching Practices to Improve Leadership Skills”
Should I do a PhD?
Is doing a PhD even worth it? Won’t you just be too educated even to be employed? But you don’t want to be a professor, so why would you bother? These are some of the negative thoughts that surround the prospect of grad school, from people inside and outside the system. In this blog post,Continue reading “Should I do a PhD?”