The Do’s & Don’ts of Writing a CV

Today, we are going to go over the basics of writing a CV, based on my experience with Principal Investigators (PIs). I hope this guide will help you with your scholarly endeavours in STEM. What is a CV? A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a summary of your academic and professional achievements, qualifications and accomplishments.

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Pharm Fresh: Exploring the Expanding Role of the Pharmacist

When you think of a pharmacy, what comes to mind? What about the role of a pharmacist? Most people think of a pharmacy as a depository of medicine and pharmacists as “medication experts”, who dispense drugs based on a set of instructions called a prescription. While filling and dispensing certainly does happen in the pharmacy,

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5 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health during This Pandemic School Year

As we embark on the new school year, we feel excited and nervous. However, during these unprecedented times, we may also feel dread arising from the uncertainty of COVID-19. In combination with the stress of a normal school year, the anxiety from the pandemic can take a toll on our minds, affect our academic performance,

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Study Tips for First Year University Students

In a few short weeks you will be embarking on a new stage of your life as an undergraduate student. For many students, this transition can be terrifying, challenging and sometimes overwhelming. In addition to adjusting to a new environment and potentially new living situation, students will be faced with new educational demands and new

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5 Commonly Asked Questions About Being a PhD Student

Unless you grew up in an academic family, most people have no idea what being a PhD student is actually like. Academia may not be for everyone, but whether you are a high school student or a 4th year undergraduate, here are some things you may not have known about pursuing a PhD degree. Money.

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How to Prepare for Your Study/Work Abroad Trip

Going abroad to study and/or intern can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time. Careful planning can help avoid last-minute stress, and allow you to swiftly ease into the new environment. Below is a list of considerations for planning ahead for your journey. Paperwork: Immigration documents: visa, and other related forms. To obtain

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How to Prepare for Academic Conferences

Following up on David’s great article on why you should attend conferences, I will be focusing on how to choose which conferences to attend and how to prepare for them. If you are hoping to go to a conference, first discuss with your supervisor about which ones they think are appropriate. If they give you

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Spaced Repetition: How To Remember What You Studied Even After Your Exam

Many of you have likely completed at least one exam for the new school year. Now, take a minute and ask yourself: how much of what you studied for that exam do you actually still remember? Like many of my classmates, I often felt that I forgot almost everything I studied after handing in my

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How to Avoid a Citation Headache

One of the most useful tools for academic research and writing papers is a reference manager. As a disclaimer, if you have not manually generated a bibliography, learn the fundamental principles of references before using an assistant tool. This concept is similar to how students should learn arithmetic before using a calculator. What is a

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Tips to Support a Friend through Hardship

In the midst of the winter semester– with its flurry of midterms to study for, papers to write, assignments to complete, extracurricular projects to execute, work commitments, and for graduating students, the additional pressure of interviews and applications– it can be easy for students to stumble, especially when overwhelmed by an acute stressor. For those

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