Transitioning from Coursework to Research

Mon, May 11, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This session is for Princeton University graduate students and postdocs.

When you finish your very last course ever you may feel joy, relief, or simple exhaustion.  This is a major step in your graduate studies!  However, when the next term begins and you don’t return to the classroom as a student, you may feel anxious and uncomfortable. You face a vast landscape of unstructured time and may think wistfully of the daily and weekly accountability of past assignments and external deadlines. In this workshop targeted to grad students who have just completed coursework (or will achieve this milestone soon), we will explore aspects of the ongoing transition from "student" to "scholar," discuss common challenges grad students face as they move out of coursework and into independent research, and consider strategies to make this process smooth and effective. The good news is that you can be productive going forward while also attending to your own well-being.

* Please contact Dr. Laura Murray at to share your email address, receive Zoom link, and additional resources.



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