What About an Online Portfolio?

As a graduate student, you are investing a great deal of time and effort, not to mention financial resources, in earning a master’s degree. But have you thought about how you will showcase what you have achieved? Most people who pursue graduate study have definite personal goals: personal enrichment, career enhancement, promotion, etc. Finding a way to let others know what you have done should not be neglected.

Some are beginning to construct e-portfolios of their work and experience and post them online. Often, they create their own website to display their portfolio. Many have found such an approach useful as a way to enhance employment applications or to become noticed for promotion. Such an approach can also bring the satisfaction of networking with others who share their interests.

If you would like to explore creating an online portfolio, take a look at an article by David Brooks, “Should Graduate Students Create E-Portfolios?” One of the comments to this article points to a company, Interfolio, that hosts graduate student portfolios and provides tools for creating and managing them.

What do you think? Is this for you?

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Digital Tools for Research Management

With the vast array of digital sources of scholarly information—online databases, digital journals, electronic library sources, online articles, blog posts, etc.—you can easily lose track of what you have collected. And finding specific pieces of information and then being able to cite the source properly can add many non-productive hours to your research and writing. What to do? Read More…

New Grading Scale for Graduate Studies

Effective Spring 2012, the Trinity College Graduate Studies grading scale officially changed. We made this change in order to bring our grading scale into closer conformity with the undergraduate grading scale and with grading scales typical of other graduate programs. In addition, it is necessary to conform to Federal reporting requirements for student aid and other purposes.

This change is effective going forward; it is not retroactive. This means that students enrolled in courses through the Fall Term 2011 and who complete additional courses after that date will have “mixed” transcripts. That is, their transcripts will continue to reflect the former grading scale for all courses completed through Fall 2011; courses completed thereafter will reflect the new grading scale. Since no numerical value was assigned under the former grading scale, no grade point average (GPA), cumulative or otherwise, can be generated for those courses Cumulative GPAs will be generated for the new grades only. An explanation of both grading scales and the change will appear on the key of all official transcripts.

Students who begin graduate study with the Spring Term 2012 will receive grades under the new grading scale only.

For a complete explanation of the new scale, please visit the Academic Regulations page on the Graduate Studies website.

Graduate Student Blogs – Source for Useful Information?

Graduate School Blues

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Graduate school can be a challenging experience for anyone. Sometimes it is helpful to read about others’ experiences just to know that you’re not alone. Fellow students can also offer useful tips and tricks to surviving in academia. Just where can you find such information? Often in graduate students’ blogs!

BestOnlineMastersDegrees.com has compiled a list of their 50 Best Graduate Student Blogs.” The list is sorted by various disciplines: law, business, medicine, humanities and social sciences, and the arts. Whether the list is truly the “50 Best,” it might be a good place to start.

And, as always, Trinity College graduate students can post their own tips and tricks right here on Graduate Studies News. Just send a request to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Anne Teschner (M.A. 2006) Accepts Award at White House

Anne Teschner (M.A., American Studies at Trinity College) accepted a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award at the White House on November 2, 2011. Anne accepted the award on behalf of the Care Center in Holyoke, MA, where she serves as Executive Director.

The Care Center was recognized for its extensive work in providing educational and support services for pregnant and parenting teens. Working with area colleges, the Center helps teenage mothers complete high school and move on to college. The Center was one of 12 winners out of 500 nominations for this year’s award.

“We have seen over the years that, when young people are provided with an academically rich and engaging environment that includes the arts and humanities and provided with the support they need to focus and study, they will flourish,” Ann remarked. “This award puts us more centrally in the nationally discussion about the power of quality education and the effective approach to poverty.”

Anne observed that her time at Trinity was useful to her work today. “I had a great experience as a graduate student at Trinity,” she added. “My work there has definitively informed my work at The Care Center.”

The award ceremony at the White House can be viewed in its entirety here: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, November 2, 2011. The presentation of the award to Anne Teschner occurs at about 19:45 – 20:28 in the video.

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