And now for something completely different

Here’s another take on neuroanatomy — nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more — so enjoy something completely different from the great comedian John Cleese.  Click on the image to watch the video.

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Reference letters

Asking for a reference letter can be a stressful process.  This is because you know how important letters of recommendation are for gaining admission to a grad program

So how should you go about getting letters of recommendation?

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Choosing a grad supervisor, program, and lab

As neuroscientists we know how important it is for the developing brain to choose the right connections.  That developmental process depends on experience.  It is an active process designed to optimize the maturation of neural circuits to support complex functions and behaviors.  To us this is a nice analogy for the process of choosing a graduate program.  You need to apply your experiences to help sort through the various grad school options.  You want to select the program and supervisor that will be the best fit for you and help you develop to achieve your full potential.

So what factors should you consider while choosing a program and supervisor?   We asked our students — MiNDS grad students — about the factors they considered when deciding to choose the MiNDS program.  Here’s what they had to say.

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What can you do with a PhD?

What can you do with a PhD?   I get asked this question a lot.  Many undergraduate students think that academia is the only career path for a PhD.  But that could not be further from the truth.

More than 60% of science and engineering PhD students will follow non-academic career paths.   These include careers in industry, non-profits, government, start-ups, consulting, entrepreneur, writing and every other career path that you can imagine.

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MiNDS Grad student carries the Olympic torch

On Monday December 21st, Olympic medalist and McMaster graduate student Melanie Kok will be carrying the Olympic torch through Welland, Ontario.

Melanie won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the lightweight women’s double sculls and is currently pursuing her degree in neuroscience as part of the McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery and Study (MiNDS) program.

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Good news for PhDs looking for jobs

The job picture looks good for PhDs in 2010.  A new study by the Michigan State University Collegiate Employment Research Institute predicts a 20% increase in hiring of PhDs.

Jobs for Ph.D.s will spike by 20% and those for MBA graduates will rise 11%. cnn.com

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