Know what to expect in grad school
Being a graduate student is a fun and exciting experience but has its challenges. We've developed some tips to help.
While building your thesis
Your research will be made available to the public so make it the best representation of your work. Many students complete a traditional or manuscript-based thesis but many others create novels, comic books and a variety of other non-traditional outcomes. The possibilities are endless
Know general practices
Consult with your supervisor to learn more about the best practices for creating a thesis in your field of study. Many faculty websites provide information in their student handbook. We have also prepared some general guidelines for creating a traditional and manuscript based thesis
Want to see some examples of a thesis in your field? Check out the UCalgary thesis database of our Masters and PhD alumni's research. Keep in mind that formatting guidelines and trends in your field may have changed
Conduct research with integrity
Make sure you are completing your research with honesty, respect and integrity towards your research subjects, your colleagues and yourself.
Develop your communication skills
For your thesis and for life outside of grad school get more comfortable with communicating your ideas and research. My GradSkills provides resources and opportunities to practice and improve your communication.
Build on your writing skills
Connect with the Student Success Centre for resources to help strengthen your writing such as one-on-one appointments and the graduate writing community.
You are not alone. Connect with other student researchers and/or get mentorship. Consider joining a student club, the Graduate College and/or SAGE.