VCL Guidelines

Conventions, and good group etiquette

Guidelines for presentations and papers

Common Errors and Weaknesses in Writing

Before Asking Someone to Proofread and Edit Your Paper

When Your Paper is Submitted

When Your Paper is Accepted

After Your Paper Appears at the Conference or in the Journal

Travel Expense Guidelines

Our sponsors and the university expect us to use our funds wisely. Therefore, we must follow these guidelines concerning expenses for which you would like to be reimbursed. There can be exceptions to these rules when it makes sense and when funding is available, but you must talk to me (Bevan) first; thanks.

Guidelines for Responses to Reviewers' Comments

Guidelines for Writing Reviews for External Papers

Long-running Computer Jobs

We have about 35 cpus in the linux machines in the group that need to be shared among all of us. Here are a few principles for sharing them:

Thoughts on staying productive in research

Everyone goes through cycles of struggling ↔ being productive. Here are my top habit suggestions I started in grad school that I still do now:
  1. This is #1 for sure: find a way to kill all distractions for a certain number of hours per day. Real work will never get done with distractions around. Close browser, turn off phone, go to lab, go to library, etc.

  2. Put yourself in a productive mode for a reasonable number of hours every week. When you start a job, you will need to be there from ~9am until ~6pm every day and sometimes spend some time on weekends. As a graduate student, you should be spending at least that much time (subtract time spent on youtube, surfing, texting, etc.--you can't do those things at your future job either).

  3. Make a schedule with goals to be completed for the next month. I work far more efficiently with some deadline stress. Daydreaming and distractions are easier to ignore when I have a deadline coming.

  4. Keep a todo list with specific tasks to be done each day. It is easy to procrastinate on something due in two weeks but easier to attack a number of 30-minute tasks I want to get done today.

  5. Work hard play hard. Except when a huge deadline is nearing, never work Fri and Sat night for sure. Take Sunday off too. Do some fun activities during the week (e.g., Monday night football or Wed night TV). No work whatsoever during those times.

Thoughts on advisor ↔ student interactions and expectations

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Last update: September 04, 2014