Monthly Archives: January 2011

How are students evaluated?

Getting accepted into graduate school can be a bit mysterious for students. This is especially true for research focused programs because supervisors are looking for qualities that are important for a budding scientist.

Let me help to demystify the evaluation process by addressing the qualities that a potential supervisor uses when selecting a student. Continue reading


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Happy New Year… now let’s get to those grad apps

With the New Year I’m sure that many have made resolutions to get to their grad apps before the very last minute rush.

Here are a few hints to help get organized for submitting your grad application. Continue reading

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GRADsKool 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 14 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 170kb.

The busiest day of the year was May 4th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was Applying — It’s May and I have not heard from grad school.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for what can you do with a phd, gradskool, paperology, finding a supervisor, and sonali lokuge.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Applying — It’s May and I have not heard from grad school May 2010


Applying — Finding a Supervisor December 2009


Applying — Choosing a grad program, supervisor and lab January 2010
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Applying — Ask a Professor December 2009


Applying — Reference Letters January 2010
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