Author: Shiqiang

Recently, my girlfriend sent me a PDF entitled “A PhD Thesis without Tears” focusing on helping current or soon-to-be PhDs identify potential challenges, sorting out some common misunderstandings, making reasonable research targets, and eventually earning the degree with a well-organized …

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Recently, Dr. Edwards published one paper entitled “Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition” on one special issue of Environmental Engineering Science. This article focuses on the rising of perverse incentives …

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This year, I’m assigned as a teaching assistant for a 4000-level class in my department. Since the instructor is in VT National Capital Region campus, synchronous distance learning through WebEx is offered, and to keep everything in order, I always present …

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It was brought on the class that college students tend to get higher grades in recent decade, and A is becoming the most common grade. We have to admit that the rapid development of Internet has made it much easier …

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Picture link: https://dearestsomeone.com/2016/05/18/mental-health-in-universities-mhaw16/ While pushing the knowledge boundaries and seeking the scientific facts, students in higher education institutions should also pay close attention to the status of our own mental health. In 2015, National Union of Students conducted a survey among ~1100 students regarding …

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Research and teaching are two most important duties of being a faculty in higher education institutions. From the universities’ perspective, well-round faculty members are the best choice: they conduct the cutting-edge research to get the university more exposed in spotlight and …

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Mission statements, as Dean DePauw mentioned during the class, usually provides guidance for the development of higher education institutions.  As mission statements focusing more on the university’s current performance, status, and targets, vision statements outline a university’s future goals, motivating and …

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Welcome to Blogs@VT Sites. Feel so excited to start a new semester with one new cources, Preparing Future Professorate! I’m Shiqiang Zou, a PhD student from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focusing on wastewater treatment and resource recovery. My hometown …

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