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Rice Center for Career Development Guides
Links to PDF guides, handouts and presentations on:
- Graduate School Planning
- Professional Communication
- International Job Searches
- Phone Interview Tips
- Resume Writing
- Interview Basics
- Discover Your Passion, or Ikigai, with 4 Simple Tips (Business Insider)
- Is this Japanese Concept the Secret to a Long, Happy, Meangingful Life? (WE Forum)
8 Tips for International Applicants to U.S. Graduate Schools
For international students hoping to attend graduate school in the United States, the application process can seem a little intimidating. The key to getting in is to stay organized and ask for help when you need it. International students and domestic students go through the same application process. If you are a foreign applicant, however, there are a few extra things you should do.
10 Tips for Writing Your STEM Grad School Essay
On the STEM side, this process becomes more stressful. Many STEM MS, MA, and PhD candidates do not have a strong background in writing. It is important to research how to write in order to learn the steps and to best position yourself for success. Additionally, seeking our trusted guidance and reviewers for your grad application essays is the sensible step.
Rice University Resources
Make use of the resources at your home university to help you with writing your graduate school application essays. Resources will vary, but at Rice University some of the available offices include the following. Find out if similar offices exist at your home university
- Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC)
- Program in Writing & Communication
- Rice Center for Career Development: Graduate School Planning Guides
- Rice Center for Engineering Leadership: Communication Support
- ECE Department: Writing A Killer Personal Statement
AAAS: How Not to Apply to Graduate School
Applying to college is a delicate, complicated procedure that can be mastered, but for most of us, applying to grad school is like, “Wait—shoot—uh-oh!” For the benefit of all of you applying to science graduate programs, I’m going to confess my mistakes in the hopes that you can avoid following in my footsteps—footsteps which, you’ll note, are not encased in self-made shoes.
Career Exploration for STEM PhDs (Columbia University)
As a graduate student you are among the most well-educated members of society. You have tremendous strengths and transferable skills to oﬀer employers. There are many types of careers open to PhD students—we’ve included the more frequent options for students in the sciences here.
Graduate School Application Timeline (Princeton Review)
If you’re planning to apply to graduate school, it’s best to start early—it will increase your odds of being admitted. Many graduate programs have rolling admissions, which means applications are evaluated as they arrive (rather than all at once after the final deadline). Here’s a sample schedule for a student hoping to enter grad school in the fall. This is a best-case scenario which leaves time to craft a great application, resolve unforeseen problems (a lost transcript, a delinquent recommender) and submit with time to spare.
How to Make a Strong Graduate School Application
Every graduate program is different, sometimes radically so, and much of the burden is on the applicant to figure out the weight of different parts and how best to approach them. That said, there is some good general advice to be given.
- How to Use an Undergraduate Internship to Prepare for Graduate School
- On the Art of Selecting a Graduate Program
- Getting a Great Recommendation Letter
- How Not to Apply to Graduate School
- Sell Yourself: Guidance for Developing Your Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications
- Should You Go to Graduate School?
- That Grad School Reference Letter May be More Important Than you Think
Life During Graduate School
- Seriously, bookmark this site. You need a sense of humor to make it through grad school!
Health in Graduate School
- Eating Well on a Grad Student Stipend (Grad Hacker)
- Food and Sanity in Graduate School (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- Staying Healthy in Graduate School (PhD Talk)
- Working it Out: Building Fitness Into Graduate School Life
Stress and Support Networks
- Thriving in a Pressure Cooker: Building Strong Support Networks (Grad Hacker)
- 7 Ways PhD Students Can Deal with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (Cheeky Scientist)
Time Management and Organization
- Getting Rid of Monkey Brain: Focusing and Getting Work Done in Graduate School (Inside HigherEd)
- What If I Told You, You Can Be Organized Too (Inside HigherEd)
- Managing Deadlines in Graduate School (GradHacker)
Tips and Advice
- College Student’s Views of Work-Life Balance in STEM Research (CBE Life Sciences)
- Achieving Work-Life Balance as a Graduate Student (GradHacker)
- The Happy PhD Zone: How to Achieve Work-Life Balance in Academia (Next Scientist)
- Scientists Are Unhappy With their Work-Life Balance (Inside HigherEd)
- Men and Work-Life Balance in STEM Careers (Scientific American)
- A Grad Hacker Writing Round-Up
- How to Finish Your PhD Thesis While Accelerating Your Job Search (Cheeky Scientist)
- An Insiders Guide on How to Write a Thesis When You’re Short on Time (Cheeky Scientist)
- How to Survive the Dissertation Process (Inside HigherEd)
- Rice University Resources: Make use of the resources at your home university to help you with writing your graduate school application essays. Resources will vary, but at Rice University some of the available offices include the following. Find out if similar offices exist at your home university
Life After Graduate School
From How-To Series to booklets and multimedia, Science provides a wide range of career resources for science & engineering students.
- Career Trends: Industry or Academia – Where do I fit?
- Choosing Your Post-Doc Position
- Maximize Your Chances of Landing a Faculty Job
- More Female Researchers Globally, But Challenges Remain
- Science Careers: Post-Doc Positions
- The Perfect Post-Doc: A Primer
- The Skills That Industry Hires Need
- Transferring Skills Beyond the Lab
- What Comes After the PhD: Check out the Data
- What Makes a Competitive Faculty Application Package?