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Meet Biology PhD Student Justin Lesser

UL Grad School -- 09/18/2019

Justin Lesser spent his summer knee-deep in the marshes of Massachusetts, tracking tiny fish called mummichogs. As a Biology PhD student in Dr. Jimmy Nelson’s Ecosystems Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he studies how coastal erosion affects the eating habits of these abundant little fish, which in turn impacts the survival of larger predatory fish such as bass and flounder.

We spoke with him about the places his research has taken him, and the support he’s received at UL Lafayette.

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How to Prepare for the Semester as a Grad Student

UL Grad School -- 08/20/2019

As a new or returning grad student, you may be feeling any number of emotions as the start of the semester draws closer. Whether you are brimming with excitement to start your research and classes, or are feeling nervous about adjusting to a new schedule (or, most likely, feel somewhere in between!), we have some tips to help make your first week a little easier.

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Meet Matthew Teutsch: English Doctorate and Norwegian Crawfish Consumer

UL Grad School -- 11/21/2018

When you talk to Matthew Teutsch about his plans as a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Bergen in Norway, the last thing you’d think he would be excited about is the crawfish. But, Matthew is a man with a ravenous appetite not just for the delicious delicacies of South Louisiana, but for the culture and the writing that defines who we are as people and the decisions that cause us to rise up and take action. We talked to the Bossier City native and UL Lafayette alum before his big move to learn about his research, his future plans, and the opportunity he finds himself with that was made possible by earning his PhD in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Changing Graduate Programs: Is It Doable?

UL Grad School -- 11/13/2018

We’re not going to sugar-coat it. Unlike changing your major as an undergrad, changing graduate programs can be a challenge—and it’s really not encouraged.

That said, why spend two or more years of your life pursuing a graduate degree that you’re not passionate about? The whole point of a graduate education is learning more about the one subject that excites and inspires you. If you’re not in a program that does that for you (or perhaps you’ve realized your skill set doesn’t quite match the program), and you’ve realized that another master’s or doctoral degree path does, then you should consider switching graduate programs.

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