Contribute to a new book written for prospective and current graduate students by a mix of graduate students and those who have recently completed their doctorate. The premise is simple: if you could go back in time and talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give? Isn’t hindsight a bonus? If only I knew then what I know now!

Possible topic include, but are not limited to:

  • aspects of the academic apprenticeship, e.g., publishing as you write your thesis
  • networking
  • auditing or choosing courses to support your study
  • managing your supervisor
  • presenting your research (at conferences and seminars)
  • learning how to write
  • making the most of distance study
  • health and wellbeing, e.g. coping with a baby
  • having to advocate for specific personal needs
  • dealing with debt
  • studying while working full time
  • staying in a relationship
  • cultural concerns, e.g., being a student from another culture or country
  • writing your thesis in a second language
  • respecting the culture in which you research

Please feel free to contact the editors to discuss other possible topics of interest.

This edited text follows a 2014 edition focused on study in Aotearoa New Zealand (McMaster & Murphy, 2014), a successful project currently being replicated in Australia and the United Kingdom. What will set this book apart from others on the market is its down-to-earth and practical approach. Furthermore, its originality also lies in the fact that it is grounded in context of graduate studies in the U.S. — where you study and work.

If, based upon your own experiences of graduate studies, you have some advice to offer that you consider would help other graduate students, we would like to talk with you about it. If you are interested in contributing a potential chapter please contact us with a proposed chapter title and a 300-500 word abstract about your topic.

Specify if you wish to report a research study and the ethical requirements met for that study. Supply a little information about yourself in not more than 3 to 5 sentences.

Submit your abstract to the editors at [email protected]. Deadline for submission of interest is December 2, 2014.