When it comes to graduate school, most people’s first thoughts jump to experts in training in a narrow field of study, but further consideration might reveal the truth – graduate school, in fact research and teaching in general, is very reliant on collaboration. It is a key component that differentiates the good scholars from the best, and is a skill that is carefully acquired and refined throughout a career. If you need further evidence of this, just take a stroll around the IUB campus – you will see a building constructed especially for collaborative work, which is even named the Multidisciplinary Science Building II (or MSB II for short).
The first time you see the Herman B Wells Library at IU, you may think, “wow, that’s awesome!” or perhaps, “what a strange looking building!” Either way, you may or may not realize that you’re looking at a library that hosts an extraordinary Information Commons, multiple quiet and group study floors, and endless rows of stacks that contain tomes of knowledge that have been slowly accrued over the last several millenia. So I encourage you to venture in, grab a coffee, and learn about the endless resources that are available to you through the IU Libraries.
We are fortunate here at Indiana University to have a library system that includes agreements with other libraries to grant us students and the faculty access to almost any resource in the world. I have yet to find a book, journal, or article that is not accessible either online, in print, or through Inter-Library Loan. So, it’s pretty easy to access scholarly resources here at IU, which makes life as a graduate student MUCH easier. There are many satellite libraries here on campus housed within each academic department (for example, the Chemistry Library, Life Sciences Library, Law Library, etc.), so you don’t have to venture far to speak with a librarian to assist you with your studies. Moreover, the library even offers live chatting to help you facilitate your research if you get stuck and need to ask a question right away. A little known secret is that some of the satellite libraries even offer graduate assistantships to students that includes a fee remission, health insurance, and a stipend, just like a teaching or research student academic appointment would. So if you’re still searching for funding, the libraries might be a good place to look if you’re running out of options.
The bottom line is that the extensive resources and expertise that are available through the IU Libraries exist to facilitate the work of graduate students and faculty, which makes life much easier for us. So go ahead and stop in one of the libraries sometime and get to know your friendly neighborhood librarian, because they might just get you out of a bind when you’re burning the wick at both ends trying to finish up an important project.
So…I am writing my dissertation. Panels 1- 3 and represent my current situation.
Every graduate student needs a place to recharge, gather their materials and track the moves of the ever elusive degree. Luckily, IU has just the spot.
I am so glad that I took the time to ‘scout’ all the resources that IU Bloomington had to offer to me as a student during my first semester.
Even though it was such a small thing, Continue reading
One word that describes my library experience at IU: INTERLIBRARY LOAN!
What is this mysterious word? One might hear it uttered by the librarians once in a while. But interlibrary loan (ILL) is a scholar’s and a casual reader’s best friend. So what the heck is interlibrary loan? Continue reading
It was like a scene out of The Matrix…if Neo was close to running late to class and needing to find a printer. It was my turn to lead the class discussion and the rule of thumb was to print discussion questions so our classmates could take notes. Continue reading
Life as a graduate student is full of challenges, especially those of the financial nature.
Of course, none of us enter graduate school thinking that we are going to get rich (LOL). Continue reading
AMPATH is one of the main reasons that I chose a doctoral program in Epidemiology at IU. AMPATH, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare, was established in 2001 as a partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine, Moi University School of Medicine, and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH). Continue reading
Always reach out with open arms! It is important in academia that you do not get stuck within your bubble. The world does not work that way, so why should we? Interdisciplinary studies and research is critical now more than ever as our world becomes more globalized and disciplines overlap to help solve society’s challenges.
As an academic, your success will be determined on how well you can be creative and innovative with your resources as higher education funding becomes more difficult to come by. As a result, more collaboration and cooperation across departments and disciplines will not only enhance your own overall knowledge of your subject area but also show your ability work with others.
Here’s an example: my research concentration is in higher education policy, specifically in governance, funding, ethics, and diversity. Although I am an education policy studies student, I collaborate with higher education and student affairs (HESA), informatics, and public health masters and doctorate students. This kind of collaboration allows me to learn about other areas of academic interest that touches my area of research.
I encourage you to begin working outside of the box and collaborate with others. Not only will it be helpful in your academic career but also your professional work. It’s always good to be open, helpful, and embracing of others!