Q. What do I do if I have a conflict with one of my colleagues?
A. This situation is more common than most of us think. If you can, try to discuss the problem with your colleague directly. If this is impossible, talk to your supervisor about your situation, and see if they can help. The Ombudsperson can also help you negotiate conflict situations with colleagues, you should always consider this as a resource to help you problem solve.
Q. Where can I find funding information?
A. Funding is tricky in graduate school. Your first resource should be your graduate program director or the department chair. The Red Book also publishes a section on graduate student funding, and lists a number of sources within the University. The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office conducts many workshops on writing research proposals, and provides information on national and provincial funding agencies on their website.
Q. How do I find out about procedures in my department (comps, coursework, dissertation defense, etc)?
A. Many departments have graduate program directors and secretaries whose job is to provide this kind of information to graduate students. If your department does not have a graduate program director, contact your department chair. If you run into a problem or have questions that cannot be addressed by your graduate program director, you should consult the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, in the Office for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Q. Who can I talk to about balancing course work, TA-ships, RA-ships, part-time work? Where can I get information about job searches, networking skills or building my CV?
A. The office for Career Planning Services offers a number of career-building services for graduate students and postdocs. Visit the CaPS website for more information.
Q. Who can help me negotiate the McGill administrative bureaucracy?
A. Sometimes graduate school can be a confusing place. Learning who to talk to and when can be a sensitive and complicated endeavor. If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused by the administrative hoops you’re jumping through, or if you just want to talk, vent your frustrations, or get information, contact the CGSS. A caseworker will be ready to listen, and provide you with the information you need to have a smooth and successful graduate career at McGill.