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BY LIZ KATYNSKI | July 09 2018
imposter syndrome. Why don’t we feel like we are on the same level?” Stefi Baum, program mentor and dean of the faculty of science at the University of Manitoba, says historically, women frequently question their own abilities. “I’m a physicist. I’ve spend my whole life in a male enviro...
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BY BRITTANY A. E. JAKUBIEC | December 11 2017

Regardless of how hard we try, graduate student parents often feel at odds while trying to mend the gap between academia and parenthood.

imposter syndrome. This struggle, coupled with the stressors of graduate studies, results in students who are sleep deprived, stressed, anxious, and depressed. Mental health issues and challenges were shared by all of those who completed the online survey in my study. I am a doctoral candidate...
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | November 10 2016
imposter syndrome, which I decided I could alleviate by studying something “real” and working in a small lab. For my fellowship, I joined a gene therapy lab that met my criteria of being small, innovative, and aligned towards meaningful discovery. There, I had a front row seat as our lab, and...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 22 2015

Jennifer Polk lists her favourite coping mechanisms for when you are waiting for the phone to ring about that academic job you applied for.

imposter syndrome organized by Grad Minds, a student group at the University of Toronto. One audience member asked about how to keep her spirits up at this time of year, when academic hiring is in full swing. Or, should I say, academic rejection is in full swing! The vast majority of applicants for ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 28 2014
imposter syndrome. Noting when an inner critic is in the way and coming up with strategies for silencing it when needed is very important. Inner critics bedevil anyone taking risks and doing new things. The competitiveness and criticism that is a normal part of academic life feeds into negative self...
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One academic’s experience running a campaign and joining a university council.

imposter syndrome" href="/?p=3762">imposter syndrome) get in the way. Start by familiarizing yourself with the processes and the issues by attending meetings, reviewing the vast amount of material on the governing council website, talking with the current governors of various constituencies (...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 17 2014
imposter syndrome. I haven't had it once in the full five months that I’ve been working -- and this is in a new field, and a new role. I found imposter syndrome to be one of the most insidious and difficult things about graduate school and academia -- even though I was aware of it, it still got to...
Careers Café
BY LIZ KOBLYK | March 04 2014

Liz Koblyk explores the role that confidence plays in both career exploration and the job search.

While I’m writing this, “Continue reading?” tops University Affairs’ Most Emailed list and nearly tops the Most Read list. The article has me th...
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | December 14 2011
imposter syndrome,” the sense that one is about to be “found out” for not really being smart enough. As adults being placed in a subordinate position, some PhD students experience a sense of infantilization alongside the conflicting expectation that they develop a professional identity. In ...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | May 10 2012
We've all been told about the value of networks with adages like "It's not what you know, but who you know", but I'd never stopped to think about this outside of meeting individual people. While I'm certainly not denying the value of knowing the right person in the right place at the right time, I ...
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