The Lansing State Journal recently released an article celebrating the national growth and prominence of GradHacker. GradHacker is a blog written by and for graduate students that discusses issues and themes common to students enrolled in graduate programs. Typical posts cover both professional and personal concerns, with recent topics including the proper usage of social media with professional colleagues, how to survive a dissertation, and the way memes can be used within media studies. The most recent GradHacker podcast interviews Michigan State University’s Graduate School Dean, Karen Klomparens about factors to consider when applying to graduate schools.
GradHacker was founded by a number of graduate students at MSU, including Alex Galarza and Katy Meyers. They conceived of the idea while enrolled in the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative led by Dr. Ethan Watrall, associate director of MATRIX and now advisor for the GradHacker project. GradHacker’s steady rise in popularity has led to national and international attention on both a) the unique challenges faced by graduate students and b) the quality of work being done by graduate students both at Michigan State University and other institutions.
MATRIX has been pleased to continue to support the development of the GradHacker platform as well as the professional development of the graduate students who created it. We invite you to learn more about the project by reading the LSJ article or to explore GradHacker for yourself at www.gradhacker.org. GradHacker can also be read on InsideHigherEd.com at http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker.