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PhD applicants: Everything you need to know about letters of recommendation

In this blog post, Chris Blattman gives advice on what the purpose of recommendation letters is, who you should ask, and how to manage the process.

Excerpt:
Will a professor write you a letter of recommendation? My answer: Writing student …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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PhD applicants: Writing your statement of purpose (social science and humanities)

In this blog post, Chris Blattman gives advice on how to write a compelling statement of purpose for PhD applicants in the social science and humanities.

Excerpt:
I’ve read a lot of personal statements for PhD applications. I sat on admissions at …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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WOMEN’S HEALTH, WOMEN LEADERS

Join the conversation as Whitehead Institute Director, Ruth Lehmann, and Wellesley College President, Paula Johnson, discuss how to improve healthcare for women and increase opportunities for women as leaders in biomedicine and higher education. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 15, …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Exploring careers? Start with the Career Exploration Series!

CAPD is coordinating the second annual, institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 12th and runs through IAP! This series is a collaboration between MIT departments, programs, employers, and alumni to help all students learn about the different career and graduate/professional school options available to you.   

Visit the events page …

By Tianna Ransom
Tianna Ransom Assistant Director, Career Exploration
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Graduate Education Now Has Its Own Caucus in the House of Representatives

Adapted from Kelley Karnes, Council on Graduate School (original article here)

The Graduate Research and Development (GRAD) Caucus launched in July. This new bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives was formed to address the needs and issues of graduate …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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