Advice for graduate students

Not all students have access to guidance on how to navigate the unique world of academia. Importantly, equity and diversity in academia are hurt by this uneven playing field. To play a small role in addressing this problem, I am providing the following documents to share my perspective about academic research.

If there are other topics you are interested in, or other mechanisms you think would be useful to disseminate this content, e-mail me your idea! I will continue developing these documents, and so would appreciate your feedback on what is most effective. I am particularly interested in assisting students who must overcome systemic inequalities and racism in order to advance and feel welcome in their academic institutions. Please reach out if I can be of assistance.



Advice for graduate students

Expectations of graduate students

Meeting with your advisor

Establishing an online presence

Building expertise

Further resources



Being a productive writer

The process of writing a paper

Writing an abstract

Paper formatting advice

Sharing papers and source code

New: The peer-review process

Reviewing a paper

Latex template for paper review responses



General strategies for preparing presentations (video)

Creating effective graphics (video)


About me

An honest bio

Being a professor

Negative proposal review comments


Acknowledgments: Thanks to Michael Scott, Danielle Vidal, Corinne Bowers, Francisco Galvis, Erica Fischer, Anne Hulsey, Sabine Loos, Rodrigo Silva Lopez, Maryia Markhvida, Emily Mongold, Jimmy Zhang, Tinger Zhu, Oregon State University Civil and Construction Engineering's Write Club, and my research group for helpful suggestions and feedback on the above documents and this general project.


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