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Disrupt and demystify the unwritten rules of graduate school

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Fig. 1: Graduate school curriculum viewed as an iceberg.


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We thank A. Donaldson and C. Murphy, who helped us develop these discussions into a graduate-level discussion-based course that was offered for the first time in the autumn of 2020. The course focused on sharing experiences and developing strategies to navigate several unwritten rules of the hidden curriculum; course materials and metrics can be found at We also thank L. Scholz, T. Pico and J. Green for helpful feedback on earlier versions of this Correspondence. M.Z. was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (EAR-2046957).

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Pensky, J., Richardson, C., Serrano, A. et al. Disrupt and demystify the unwritten rules of graduate school. Nat. Geosci. 14, 538–539 (2021).

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