• Campers

    Katy Meyers

    I am currently an graduate student in the Anthropology department at Michigan State University. My interests include mortuary archaeology, cultural heritage, and serious gaming. I am a graduate researcher for MSU's Campus Archaeology Program and a Cultural Heritage Initiative fellow.

    My Posts

    New Session

    Sunday, May 1st, 2011 | katymeyers

    Post lunch hula hooping with Micalee and Katy in 202!

    Hacking Grad School

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 | katymeyers

    As technology becomes more integrated into academia and our scholarly identities are more dependent on our online presence, it is important for graduate students to be aware of these changes. As the future professors of the world, we need to find ways to educate graduate students on using technology so that they can become tech savvy and embrace the changes. Technology doesn’t need to be a gimmick or a fad, but rather we need to find ways of integrating it into everyday practice of graduate students.

    In order to work towards this goal, a program called GradHacker was started by a number of graduate students from MSU in order to open up discussions about integrating technology into graduate life. We ran a one day bootcamp that consisted of primarily roundtable discussion on a variety of digital social media that would benefit graduate students in taking control of their online identities. The bootcamp was a thrilling success, and now we are looking to continue the program and open it to other university graduate students.

    For this session, I propose a discussion on how we, graduate students, can help other graduate students ‘hack’ grad school. For example: what kinds of online social media are most important? How can we use digital learning management systems to innovate classes we teach? What new programs and platforms can help us with our dissertations, or comprehensive exams, or our stressful lives in general? This would be an open discussion about potential future bootcamps, as well as how to spread the GradHacker word.