On being a successful graduate student

How to be a successful graduate student, while enjoying the process:

 I have developed a set of guidelines for what I think it takes to be a highly successful graduate student, based on my experience in training graduate students and postdoctoral associates during the past several decades. These guidelines are just that: guidelines to help you think about how to structure your time and interactions with colleagues in ways that may help you move your research forward productively and enjoyably.

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I  revise this document from time to time as graduate student life and the process of conducting science in academia continue to change. over decades,I have handed out this little treatise to all beginning graduate students in my lab, and also to others entering the lab, so that we can use it as a basis for working together. The document is intended only as an an aid to help new graduate students learn how to focus on what is important and unimportant as they formulate a dissertation, organize their time, interact with colleagues, and prepare for a professional career. It is how to go about the process of balancing the major demands of graduate life, once you have figured what major research questions you want to answer.