The Best Master's Degrees The Best Master's Degrees in the World Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:39:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 50 Most Elegant Graduate School Buildings in the World Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:06:45 +0000 by Morris Micklewhaite

Universities across the globe are gaining attention not only through the quality of their academic programs or prestige of their alumni, but also thanks to the beautiful architecture they have on show. Many college graduate facilities, in particular, are housed in attractive buildings that impress and inspire with their design – which may help encourage prospective master’s degree students to step through their doors.

These stunning structures can date back to centuries past or they may have been opened in just the past decade. They might contain business schools, faculties of architecture, dormitories, or just a place where postgraduates can work and socialize. Yet they all have one thing in common: they look exceptionally stylish. Here we present 50 of the most elegant graduate school buildings in the world.

50. Riga Graduate School of Law – Riga, Latvia

50. Riga Graduate School of Law – Riga, Latvia

The Riga Graduate School of Law is arguably among the most elegant sights in the Latvian capital city. Since 1998, the year of its establishment, the law school has been in possession of the stunning Art Nouveau building, which it was responsible for renovating in full. The structure was designed by renowned architect Mikhail Eisenstein – father of Soviet filmmaker Sergei – and was erected between 1904 and 1905. This building has an intriguing history, too, as it is alleged that in the mid-20th century a Soviet activist was hurled from its fourth floor under the directive of the bourgeois Latvian government. Prior to 2004, the school was only open to students from the Baltic States; however, it now offers its programs – including courses on international and European law and legal linguistics – to graduates from around the world.

49. Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business – Mills College, Oakland, California

49. Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business – Mills College, Oakland, California

The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Oakland, California’s Mills College was given both an attractive design and exceptional eco-friendly credentials by the San Francisco arm of architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The school, which was completed in 2009, received LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council for its many environmentally conscious features, including its extensive use of natural light, living roof and low-flow toilets. Measures such as the use of low-emissivity glass and sunshades result in year-on-year energy savings of almost a third compared to the baseline average, while stormwater harvesting slashes water use by 80 percent. Moreover, this approach seems to be carried over into school’s tuition program, with Mills’ website proclaiming that it both provides “business education that makes a difference” and “educates ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders.” The institution offers full-time, part-time and accelerated MBA courses as well as an educational leadership MBA/M.A.

48. Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

48. Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech’s Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown was designed in the early 1930s by C.H. Cowgill, an architectural engineering professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as it was formerly known. The original structure, which was completed in 1935, remains an eye-catching and impressive sight on campus – although it could at one stage have been even more splendid had it been built in line with Cowgill’s early specifications. It was initially developed to contain accommodation for faculty and a communal dining room, then became the school’s hotel and conference center following an extension. Finally, in 2006 it was turned into a graduate facility. At present it acts as what the university terms “a hub for graduate student life,” providing the chance for meeting and collaboration as well as a space in which graduate students, alumni and staff can hold socials and events.

47. Gund Hall, Graduate School of Design – Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

47. Gund Hall, Graduate School of Design – Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

World-famous Australian architect and Harvard University alumnus John Andrews designed the prestigious Ivy League institution’s Gund Hall, which is situated on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Opened in 1972, the building houses the Graduate School of Design, which offers master’s programs in subjects including architecture, urban design and urban planning, as well as a doctorate in design. In addition, it plays host to the Frances Loeb Library and the Piper Auditorium. A striking example of Brutalist architecture, the structure rests on columns and is crowned by a notable clear-span roof that slopes across and down the building, adding a touch of sharply executed style to its surroundings.

46. Chapman Graduate School of Business – Florida International University, Miami, Florida

46. Chapman Graduate School of Business – Florida International University, Miami, Florida

International architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates designed Florida International University’s Chapman Graduate School of Business as part of a two-phase project. Completed in its first phase in 2008, the attractive Miami facility has earned acclaim from those in the know: it was honored with a Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design American Architecture Award in 2008 and also triumphed at the Construction Association of South Florida Craftsmanship Awards that same year. The exterior boasts concrete sections sandblasted to achieve pattern and texture, while the colors of the courtyards’ stucco elements pay tribute to pre-Columbian art and the Latin heritage of the student body. The Chapman Graduate School of Business offers MBAs and specialized master’s degrees in taxation, accounting and international business among its programs. Meanwhile, the complex itself also features an auditorium, classrooms, and offices for admin.

45. Sage Hall, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

45. Sage Hall, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management resides in Cornell University’s grand and imposing Sage Hall, which dates back to the 19th century. Initially to serve as a women’s dormitory, the hall was constructed in 1875, following a design by Cornell’s first professor of architecture and American Institute of Architects (AIA) original member Charles Babcock. However, in the late 1990s it was given an extensive renovation to prepare it for accommodating the management school, with the work including a reconstruction of the famous spire’s top section. The interior courtyard also received a glass ceiling, a move that took its cues from the main exhibition hall of one of Babcock’s inspirations, the Oxford University Museum. Located on the Ivy League institution’s campus in Ithaca, New York, the school offers full-time one- and two-year MBA courses, executive MBAs, and dual-degree options.

44. Hadyn Ellis Building, University Graduate College – Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K.

44. Hadyn Ellis Building, University Graduate College – Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K.

Cardiff University’s new Hadyn Ellis Building provides a colorful home for the Wales, U.K.-based institution’s University Graduate College. British architects IBI Nightingale designed it as part of the initial stage of the school’s Science and Innovation Campus, and the actual building was opened in late 2013. The transparent exterior was conceived to attract people’s attention to activity inside, with the building itself described by its designers as the “front door” of the university grounds. Sustainable measures have also seen it earn an “Excellent” rating on the international Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology rating scale. The University Graduate College offers training and skills progression for the school’s postgraduate researchers. Furthermore, the Hadyn Ellis Building houses research institutes specializing in cancer cells, neuroscience and psychological health.

43. McNair Hall, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business – Rice University, Houston, Texas

43. McNair Hall, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business – Rice University, Houston, Texas

Although it was only completed relatively recently in 2002, McNair Hall – home to the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Houston’s Rice University – has a distinctly traditional look. This was a conscious decision, however, as Yale School of Architecture dean Robert A.M. Stern came up with a design to openly fit in with neighboring buildings and acknowledge the past, explaining that “architecture is a conversation across time.” In particular, details on the building echo those of Rice’s Lovett Hall, while the use of St. Joe’s brick creates uniformity with materials used on the rest of the campus. The construction hosts a plethora of facilities for its graduate and executive business students, including a library, classrooms, a sizable dining room, and a trading room for training purposes.

42. Teachers College – Columbia University, New York City, New York

42. Teachers College – Columbia University, New York City, New York

Columbia University’s Teachers College owes its existence at least in part to noted industrialist George Vanderbilt, who bestowed the site in New York City on which it sits. As for the structure’s attractive Beaux-Arts-style design, it came courtesy of architects McKim, Mead & White. The college itself was established in 1887 as an independent institution providing education for teachers of destitute children in the city, although in 1898 it was connected to Columbia as the university’s graduate school of education. Notwithstanding its origins, it’s said that today, at any given moment, fewer than a third of the college’s students are training to go into teaching, with the school now offering over 60 programs in areas including psychology, leadership and administration and the arts, as well as special education and teacher education and certification courses.

41. School of Business – University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, New York

41. School of Business – University at Albany-SUNY, Albany, New York

The University at Albany-SUNY received a sleek new addition in 2013 with the completion of its modernist-style School of Business building. The facility is the brainchild of worldwide architects Perkins+Will, which says that it “will enhance the student experience by offering settings for unique collaborations with the business community and beyond.” An upper atrium provides a space in which students can get together informally or work cooperatively, while entrepreneurial hubs and a trading room with Bloomberg terminals are there to develop business know-how. Classrooms and a café also feature inside. And what is more, sustainable elements such as maximal use of natural light and custom-made self-cleaning precast paneling make it kind on the environment as well.

40. Gallagher Hall, UC Davis Graduate School of Management – University of California, Davis, Davis, California

UC Davis Gallagher School of Management

In 2011 the University of California, Davis’ Gallagher Hall – site of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management – received the honor of being the first business school in the state to be certified LEED Platinum. Sasaki Associates’ San Francisco branch was responsible for the design, making the school – which offers MBA and master of professional accountancy programs – as environmentally friendly as it is stylish looking. A water loop below ground is used to heat and cool the facility, a measure that has brought about substantial energy savings; meanwhile, a solar array that sits on the roof is projected to supply up to 20 percent of the building’s power. Eco-conscious elements like these also helped the facility win the Merit Award for Energy + Sustainability at the AIA San Francisco Design Awards in 2010, the year after it opened.

39. Peter B. Lewis Building, Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

39. Peter B. Lewis Building, Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

The intriguing Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management is the work of celebrated Canadian-American designer Frank Gehry. In 2010 Vanity Fair described Gehry as “the most important architect of our age.” According to the institution, the building’s radical, seemingly deconstructed appearance “reflects the spirit of Weatherhead’s innovative approach” and “redefines the way a business school should look, just as Weatherhead redefines the way management education should be taught.” Metallic, rustproof sections undulate around one another to create an iconic piece of architecture and an arresting sight on Case Western Reserve University’s Cleveland campus. Inside, light plays off the surfaces, changing as the hours pass. Completed in 2002, the building acts as the centerpiece for Weatherhead – which offers full- and part-time MBAs, doctoral programs, and master’s degrees in subjects like accountancy and finance among its educational options.

38. Princeton University Graduate College – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

38. Princeton University Graduate College – Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University Graduate College dates back to 1913 and lies less than a mile from the school’s main campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The college’s eye-catching 173-foot-tall Cleveland Tower – home to one of the country’s most sizable carillons – has been likened to Magdalen Tower at England’s University of Oxford. American architect Ralph Adams Cram was responsible for the grand design of the college along with that of Princeton University Chapel and the school’s Campbell and McCormick halls. Their Gothic style reflects Cram’s opposition to modernist architectural principles and his idea that more traditional institutions such as universities and colleges should have appropriately archaic forms. Inside the Graduate College, stained glass windows and hammerhead struts welcome the college’s students, around 430 of whom live there.

37. Health Education Center – Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

37. Health Education Center – Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

The gleaming, elegant Health Education Center (HEC) at Western University of Health Sciences opened its doors in early 2010 with a design courtesy of the Los Angeles office of global architects Perkins+Will. The four-story building is home to the university’s administration and faculty for its colleges in podiatric medicine, dental medicine, optometry and osteopathic medicine. Behind its doors, a host of facilities are available to graduate students, including teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and a pair of lecture theaters. It also houses commons spaces and conference halls. Dr. Philip Pumerantz, the school’s president, has admitted that he finds the architecture of the center “impressive,” although he goes on to note that “the true value of HEC is in the learning and inspiration that takes place inside.”

36. Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

36. Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Yale School of Management’s Edward P. Evans Hall was designed by London-based international firm Foster + Partners, whose chairman and founder Norman Foster is an alumnus of the university. One focus of the elegant, steel-and-glass-formed structure is communality. Social spaces lie on the ground floor, while window bays bordering its internal blue classroom “drums” provide further areas where students can park up and pool resources – all while working towards the MBA and master of advanced management qualifications offered by the graduate business school. Completed in 2014, this highly attractive building also does its bit for the environment thanks to green features such as solar-responsive shading and chilled beams. And despite being brand new, the Edward P. Evans Hall has already picked up at least one accolade, receiving the Structural Engineers Association of New York’s “Best New Building Over $100 Million” award in 2013.

35. Converse Hall, The Graduate School – Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

35. Converse Hall, The Graduate School – Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

Elegant Converse Hall, the home of Valdosta State University’s Graduate School, has played an important role in the college’s history. Finished in 1913, it was the first building erected on the university’s Valdosta, Georgia campus; and until the completion of West Hall five years later, it contained all of Valdosta State’s facilities. Unfortunately, the original structure – designed by prominent Atlanta architect William Augustus Edwards in the Spanish Colonial Revival style – succumbed to fire in 1978. In 1981 a new building was developed boasting a four-floor annex in the form of a south-side wing. As a nod to its predecessor, elements of the old structure’s stone and brickwork were incorporated into the current hall’s materials. Today, the school offers more than 58 different master’s and other graduate programs.

34. Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business – Stanford University, Stanford, California

34. Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business – Stanford University, Stanford, California

The Knight Management Center has housed Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on the prestigious college’s Silicon Valley campus since 2011. It is an eight-building complex designed by Portland, Oregon’s Boora Architects – a firm with a solid track record of developing eco-friendly building systems. The LEED Platinum-certified complex contains state-of-the-art sustainable technology – including photovoltaic installations on top of climate-control and other systems that save 42 percent more energy than present energy-efficiency benchmarks. The center combines classic Stanford building characteristics like recessed windows and roofs with red tiling and stands among native trees that help show off the area’s more natural beauty. The facility features an MBA, a master’s in management and a doctoral program among its educational options.

33. Avery Hall, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation – Columbia University, New York City, New York

33. Avery Hall, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation – Columbia University, New York City, New York

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is housed in a suitably impressive structure. Avery Hall, one of the buildings where the school is situated, was the brainchild of noted Beaux-Arts partnership McKim, Mead & White. It is one among a number of the firm’s beautiful pieces of work on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus in New York City, a site that dates back to the late 1890s and was modeled on the Italian Renaissance style. The school itself also occupies neighboring Fayerweather and Buell halls as well as an annex to the Avery building. It offers specialized master’s degrees in urban design, real-estate development and historic preservation, amongst others, as well as doctoral programs in architecture and urban planning.

32. Drucker School of Management – Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

32. Drucker School of Management – Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

With its design for the Drucker School of Management, Los Angeles firm CO Architects created a building that not only looks elegant, but is also sympathetic to its environs and helps to underpin the institution’s culture of close community. The handsome structure was completed in 1998 and is part of the California-based Claremont Graduate University. Inside it contains admin and faculty offices, teaching spaces, breakout rooms, and the dean’s suite, while a pavilion space acts as a facility for social get-togethers as well as a study area. Courses on offer at the school include a doctoral program, MBAs, and master’s degrees in financial engineering and advanced management. The building itself was honored with a Merit Award from the AIA and California Council in 2000.

31. William F. Starr Hall, UConn School of Law – University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut

31. William F. Starr Hall, UConn School of Law – University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut

The University of Connecticut School of Law has such a spectacular campus that it features on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the crowning glories of its Hartford, Connecticut-based grounds is the stunning, Collegiate Gothic-style William F. Starr Hall. Originally named Avery Hall, the building was developed in the early 1920s to a design by Boston architects Allen and Collens. Until 1981 the building – constructed out of Connecticut Buckingham granite – served as a location for the Hartford Seminary. Nowadays, though, it forms part of the sole public law school in the state. The school offers doctor of laws and juris doctor programs as well as LL.M. degrees in insurance law and U.S. legal studies.

30. Longfellow Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Education – Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

30. Longfellow Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Education – Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education holds the honor of being the first institution to offer the Ed.D. degree. Today, it teaches a range of master’s courses as well as running two doctoral programs in the field. In 1963 the school moved into the magnificent Longfellow Hall, which was completed in 1929 to a design by Boston-based firm Perry, Shaw & Hepburn (now Perry Dean Rogers). The building is a red brick neo-Georgian take on the all-white granite Harvard University Hall. In 1934 Longfellow Hall was honored by the Boston Society of Architects, which awarded it the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal for being the most beautiful example of architecture in the Greater Boston area that year. It now houses various of the Graduate School of Education’s administrative offices as well as the dean’s office.

29. Hall of Graduate Studies, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

29. Hall of Graduate Studies, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

The Hall of Graduate Studies at Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences was completed in the early 1930s. Replete with embellished ceilings, emblematic detailing and stained glass windows, the splendid Collegiate Gothic-style structure stands tall on the Ivy League institution’s New Haven campus. The building – which was designed by Kentucky-born Yale alumnus James Gamble Rogers – can also boast being part of the oldest graduate school across the whole of North America. Students live in the iconic central tower and may furthermore use the hall as a space in which to eat, socialize, and study for master’s and doctorate degrees. The facility in addition features the McDougal Graduate Student Center, which includes a library, common room and career services.

28. Skolkovo Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia

28. Skolkovo Moscow School of Management – Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia

The multi-hued Skolkovo Moscow School of Management building is a striking and unique sight in the Russian village that gives it its name. Its design, the work of worldwide architects Adjaye Associates, was even showcased at the eleventh Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. Adajaye Associates’ principal architect David Adjaye took his cues from pioneering Russian painter Kazimir Malevich when coming up with the concept, and the structure was completed in 2010. The building’s disc-like form was partly intended to lessen development on the site. Its center, which houses a restaurant, is linked to the periphery by a set of wedge-shaped areas. These “wedges” allow light to infuse the interior and at the same time serve as casual places in which to congregate. Also within the graduate school are a conference center and chief teaching departments, where students can get to grips with MBA, executive MBA and executive education courses.

27. A. Gary Anderson Hall, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCR School of Business Administration – University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California

27. A. Gary Anderson Hall, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCR School of Business Administration – University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California

Part of the University of California system, the University of California, Riverside was established in 1907 as a research center to help maximize the yield of California’s citrus crops. The Anderson Graduate School of Management – set up in 1970 as the Graduate School of Administration – is now hosted by the campus’ lovely UC Citrus Experiment Station, which was completed in 1917. The UC Citrus Experiment Station’s design was conceived by native Californian Lester H. Hibbard in tandem with H.B. Cody, and together they developed the project after the Mission Revival Style of architecture, evoking the Spanish colonial ties of the region. Following a $5 million contribution to the school from the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation in 1994, the modified building was rechristened A. Gary Anderson Hall. The school now offers master’s degrees in business administration and professional accountancy as well as doctoral programs among its options.

26. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management – Leipzig, Germany

26. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management – Leipzig, Germany

Set up in 1898, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is among the oldest business schools anywhere in the world. Adding to this, HHL Leipzig’s current programs are acclaimed, with the Financial Times naming it the ninth best master’s in management school globally for 2013. The school – which today boasts around 480 postgraduate students – became incorporated into Leipzig University in 1946; however, once the Iron Curtain came down, in 1992 it was re-established as a private institution. Filled with large windows that look out onto pleasantly leafy grounds, HHL Leipzig’s long, pale yellow-colored building is as impressive as the institution’s academic credentials. The school offers three types of MBAs and a doctoral program in addition to its highly-respected master’s in management option.

25. Oslo School of Architecture and Design – Oslo, Norway

25. Oslo School of Architecture and Design – Oslo, Norway

Local firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs AS Arkitekter MNAL was given the honor of converting a building completed in 1938 into a sleek and modern facility for the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The original structure’s facade holds conservation status, but the architects were able to innovatively add not only exterior walls glazed in a trio of colors, but also an access court that helps infuse the ground-level foyer with natural light. Inside, the workshop quality of the primary building was preserved thanks to exposed and untreated areas together with the use of polished concrete and linoleum-covered flooring. At the school, students can work towards master’s degrees in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design, or a doctorate of philosophy.

24. Crummer Hall, Crummer Graduate School of Business – Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

24. Crummer Hall, Crummer Graduate School of Business – Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Attractive Crummer Hall is one of the main buildings of the Crummer Graduate School of Business, which was set up in 1957 and is located at Rollins College’s Winter Park, Florida campus. The building was formally opened in 1966 following a large financial contribution from philanthropist Roy E. Crummer and was designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II of Orlando-based firm Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz. Crummer Hall’s ornate Spanish Mediterranean Revival style gives it elegance, while inside, the school’s MBA and executive doctoral program students can take advantage of its auditorium and modern classrooms. Faculty offices are also housed within.

23. Graduate School – Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

23. Graduate School – Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan received an attractive new addition in 2005 following the completion of its Graduate School building. Made up of concrete, glass and rustic-looking brick, its sparse composition was chosen to enable it to blend in well with the institution’s other facilities. The architects – Japanese-headquartered international firm Nikken Sekkai Ltd. – also aimed to encourage an interactive collegiate atmosphere and a sense of openness through the building’s floor plan and use of maximum-height glass panes. The facility contains a selection of labs, classrooms, and areas where graduate students can sit and study for their courses in subjects including law, human science, and economics.

22. Saunders Hall, Darden School of Business – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

22. Saunders Hall, Darden School of Business – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Thanks to its grand architecture, Saunders Hall at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business echoes the aesthetic vision of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Robert A.M. Stern, the incumbent dean of the Yale School of Architecture, designed the business school’s campus to tie in with Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at Virginia. As a result, Saunders Hall and its surrounding buildings – completed in 1996 – are graced with traditional red brick walls, white-painted Chippendale balustrades and red metal roofs. The hall acts as Darden’s commons building, where its MBA, Ph.D. and executive education students, as well as staff, can intermingle, have official meetings, or simply sip a coffee in the building’s own café.

21. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center – Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

21. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center – Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

The concept of “flexible space” is integral to Clemson University’s Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center – just as collaboration is key within its programs and research. What’s more, Atlanta-based Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects designed the building to welcome in the public by way of facilities such as an auditorium, café and display areas. The striking structure plays host to master’s, doctorate and post-doctorate students, with its teaching focused on mechanical engineering. Completed in 2007, the building has since earned LEED Silver certification owing to eco-friendly elements like its innovative wastewater technology – which has led to potable water savings of 32 percent compared to baseline governmental standards. Its design has also been acclaimed by the Georgia branch of the AIA, which gave it a Merit Award in 2010.

20. William R. Hough Hall, Hough Graduate School of Business, Warrington College of Business Administration – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

20. William R. Hough Hall, Hough Graduate School of Business, Warrington College of Business Administration – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Although the University of Florida was established in 1853, William R. Hough Hall is a relatively new addition to its Gainesville campus. Completed in 2010, the sophisticated-looking building is home to the Hough Graduate School of Business and was the brainchild of Tampa’s Rowe Architects in conjunction with Massachusetts- and Shanghai-based Sasaki Associates. The Collegiate Gothic-inspired structure is notable for its sharply pitched roofs and also takes its cues from some of the surrounding university buildings through its use of cast stone alongside red brick and roof tiling. Inside, the attractive facility hosts classrooms, an executive boardroom, lounges, areas for collaboration, and even a “financial markets laboratory.”

19. Student Investment Center, Anderson School of Management – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

19. Student Investment Center, Anderson School of Management – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The gleaming, multicolored Student Investment Center at the Anderson School of Management was conceived by Albuquerque firm The Hartman + Majewski Design Group. Opened in 2007, the center is part of an enlargement and restoration project to update the school’s previous facilities. This move rejuvenated an underused plaza on the University of New Mexico’s campus with a lively aluminum- and glass-fronted structure containing a simulated boardroom and a pair of small conference rooms. An atrium enveloped by energy saving solar control glass also houses an investment center for observing financial markets and affords splendid mountain views. The building won its architects the 2007 NAIOP Award of Merit in the Renovation/Remodel Project category. Plus, industry publication Southwest Contractor named it the top higher education entry in its 2007 listing of the best projects in New Mexico. The school offers graduate students MBA and executive MBA courses as well as a master’s in accounting.

18. Owen G. Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School – University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

18. Owen G. Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School – University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

The Owen G. Glenn Building at the University of Auckland Business School gives more than a touch of elegance to the campus of the biggest university in New Zealand. Australia- and U.K.-based architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp teamed up with New Zealand firm Archimedia to design the project, which scooped a New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Architecture Award in 2008 – when it was completed. The building also made the shortlist at the World Architecture Festival Awards that same year and has garnered other honors besides. In keeping with its location, the building references the culture of native Maori people, while a piece of sculptural art at its entrance also marks traditional Maori thought and ideas. Inside is housed a postgraduate lounge and study areas alongside teaching spaces and a business information center for graduates. The school offers master’s degrees in applied finance, marketing, international business and management among its programs.

17. Myron Taylor Hall, Cornell Law School – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

17. Myron Taylor Hall, Cornell Law School – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Cornell Law School relocated to its current site at beautiful, elaborately decorated Myron Taylor Hall in Ithaca, New York in 1937. The elegant Gothic building – which was designed by New York-based architectural firm Eggers & Higgins – was finished in 1932 thanks to a donation from previous U.S. Steel CEO and Cornell alumnus Myron Taylor. Taylor also funded the adjoining Hughes Hall, which was completed in 1963. Fellow Cornell graduate Jane M.G. Foster is the namesake of another of the hall’s extensions – a new wing that was built in 1988 to expand the capacity of the institution’s library. Today, Myron Taylor Hall hosts all of the graduate school’s amenities, from classrooms and offices to a practice courtroom, the library and even dining and dormitory areas.

16. National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies – Tokyo, Japan

16. National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies – Tokyo, Japan

In 2005 the striking new Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies building opened in Tokyo’s thriving Roppongi district. British architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (then known as Richard Rogers Partnership) joined forces with Japanese- and New York-based firm Yamashita Sekkei Inc. to develop the structure, which incorporates transparent glazing and terracotta sections in its arresting-looking facade. Aluminum louvers also deck the exterior, which helps to lessen solar gain and in addition affords occupants superb views of the surrounding scenery. As its name suggests, the graduate institute concentrates on policy studies and research – with its students working towards master’s and doctoral degrees in everything from disaster management to Japanese language and culture.

15. John D. Messick Learning Resource Center / Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center – Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

15. John D. Messick Learning Resource Center _ Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center – Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma

According to Oral Roberts University, the building that accommodates the Marajen Chinigo Graduate Center takes its diamond-like form from the ancient design of Solomon’s Temple. Also incorporating the John D. Messick Learning Resource Center, the magnificent structure serves as the flagship academic building on the college’s Tulsa campus. The striking edifice is notable for its pylon-esque columns and gold-colored windows, and it covers a huge area. Local architect Frank Wallace was responsible for the futuristic appearance of a good number of the buildings on the Oral Roberts University campus – which broke ground in 1963 – and he has since described his work for the college as “sculptures.” The graduate center itself includes the majority of the university’s classrooms as well as office spaces and labs.

14. Tuck Hall, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth – Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

14. Tuck Hall, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth – Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business is widely regarded as one of the best schools in the world for MBAs and is regularly listed in the top ten of rankings published by outlets such as The Economist, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. The school, which was established in 1900, has a suitably prestigious building for its administrative offices – namely, the grand, exceptionally elegant Tuck Hall. Tuck was designed by Larson & Wells’ Jens Frederick Larson, who served as Dartmouth’s architect-in-residence for nearly 30 years. This imposing, red-brick structure – one of the New Hampshire business school’s 11 buildings – was put into use in 1930 and is notable for its stunning, white-colored Ionic portico made of wood.

13. Collaborative Research Center – Rockefeller University, New York City, New York

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New York City-based firm Mitchell | Giurgola Architects was responsible for Rockefeller University’s gleaming Collaborative Research Center, which is located on the school’s Manhattan campus and was completed in 2010. The designers had to incorporate two of the college’s historic buildings into their blueprint: Flexner Hall, which was constructed in 1917, and Theobald Smith Hall, which dates back to 1930. These buildings were fully restored, equipped with modern lab facilities, and bridged by a stunning, light-filled elliptical atrium clad in a glass and metal facade. This new seven-story structure became the Collaborative Research Center. Exceptionally pleasing to the eye, the end result well suits an esteemed graduate college that has had a hand in producing over 20 Nobel Prize winners. The center contains meeting and conference spaces and was intended to promote social interaction between the university’s scientists.

12. Paul Rudolph Hall, Yale School of Architecture – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

12. Paul Rudolph Hall, Yale School of Architecture – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

After a major renovation process that ran from 2007 to 2008, Yale University’s Art & Architecture Building was rechristened Paul Rudolph Hall in a tribute to its original architect. After its completion in 1963, the building drew applause from academics and critics and was honored with an American Institute of Architects Honor Award. However, Yale’s students bemoaned what they saw as some of the building’s shortcomings – for example, low ceilings and the uncomfortable temperatures of its workspaces. East Coast firm Hoffman Architects and New York City-based Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects stepped in to help transform the aging brutalist structure in line with Rudolph’s initial vision. This included measures such as the revamping of terraces and roofs and a restoral of the original light wells. The building is the home of the Yale School of Architecture, which offers several types of master’s courses and a doctoral program.

11. Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology – Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, South Korea

11. Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology – Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, South Korea

The relatively new Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) building at the Pohang University of Science and Technology is certainly an eye-catcher. Opened in 2009, it showcases an astounding reflective cylindrical centerpiece that clearly distinguishes it from the rest of the Pohang, South Korea-based university’s campus. GIFT houses nine specifically designed labs that enable students to conduct research in all areas of metallurgy, although the institute specializes in the applied science of steel and iron. Founded in 2005, GIFT is the only accredited tertiary education institution in the world that offers graduates teaching in its specialist fields. It features three facilities that specialize in materials development, eco-friendly technology, and solutions and applications, respectively, as well as a dedicated research center.

10. Amenities Building, Jubilee Graduate Centre – University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K.

10. Amenities Building, Jubilee Graduate Centre – University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K.

The University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Graduate Centre sits within the striking, brightly hued Amenities Building, which was completed in 2008. Featuring an array of red and earthen-colored terracotta tiles, its distinctive appearance was the work of London- and Beijing-based firm
Make – which also designed two other buildings and a public artwork for the university’s Nottingham, U.K. Jubilee Campus. What’s more, the facility is not only attractive but also eco-friendly: its exterior is able to lower cooling and heating demands, while heat pumps and a closed-loop system take energy from lakes close to the building to ensure it’s habitable whatever the season. Storm and run-off water is also borne back into the lakes so that it isn’t wasted. In terms of services, the Jubilee Graduate Centre offers training, career guidance and workshops to its graduate student body.

9. Breakwater Lodge, University Of Cape Town Graduate School of Business – University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

9. Breakwater Lodge, University Of Cape Town Graduate School of Business – University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business ranked 59th on the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2014 list and is the sole African school to be included there. As well as offering MBAs, it runs associate in management, master’s and doctoral programs, among others. Located on Cape Town, South Africa’s scenic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the school’s main building, known as Breakwater Lodge, has an intriguing past, for it was originally part of a jail in the city from 1902. The building then functioned as an institution for young offenders and was later a boarding house for dockworkers – although it has been used as a hotel and the home of the university’s Graduate School of Business since 1991. The impressive structure features an enclosed courtyard modeled after two 19th-century English prisons as well as four castle-like turrets.

8. Matsushita Library and Information Center – International University of Japan, Minami-Uonuma, Japan

8. Matsushita Library and Information Center – International University of Japan, Minami-Uonuma, Japan

Currently host to 330 graduate students, the International University of Japan was established in 1982 and is one of only a handful of colleges in the country whose study programs are taught in English. Its campus in the city of Minami-Uonuma showcases the sleek, space age-looking Matsushita Memorial Library, which was opened in 1994 to honor the 100th birthday of Konosuke Matsushita, the late founder of Panasonic. The library’s large metal dome is arguably its most eye-catching feature, while behind its doors lies an exhibition space dedicated to Matsushita’s philosophies. Also within the library are a salon, conference rooms, and a collection of books featuring publications by Matsushita plus other business-related materials.

7. Rackham Education Memorial Building, Rackham Graduate School – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

7. Rackham Education Memorial Building, Rackham Graduate School – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Rackham Education Memorial Building was originally completed in 1938 as the central administrative building for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s school of graduate studies. Still used as a hub for graduate student activity today, it contains a lavish 240-seat amphitheater, a 1,200-seat auditorium, a chandelier-adorned study hall, gallery spaces and marble staircases. Architect William E. Kapp from the Detroit-headquartered Smith, Hinchman & Grylls (now SmithGroupJJR) developed the blueprint for the Classical Renaissance-styled edifice, which was constructed out of Indiana limestone and topped with a gabled copper roof. Inside, the building features sumptuous moldings and other embellishments consistent with the Art Deco style of the 1930s. In 1980 the structure was honored with the Building Stone Institute’s Tucker Award for its attractiveness and continued survival.

6. James B. Williams Medical Education Building, Emory University School of Medicine – Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

6. James B. Williams Medical Education Building, Emory University School of Medicine – Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

U.S. architects The S/L/A/M Collaborative had a tricky task on its hands when designing the James B. Williams Medical Education Building at Emory University in Atlanta. While inside the facility would need to contain state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, its exterior was required to hark back to times past so as to fit in with the pair of buildings it stands between – both of which date back to 1917. The firm’s solution was a design that sees the School of Medicine’s home clad in Georgia marble similar, but not identical, to that of the neighboring structures. And the end result is a handsome edifice in which graduate students can follow master’s programs in human genetics and genetic counseling and anesthesiology not to mention a doctorate in physical therapy and MD courses. Emory’s new School of Medicine building was completed in 2007.

5. Faculty of Business and Economics Building, Melbourne Business School – University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

5. Faculty of Business and Economics Building, Melbourne Business School – University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Business School opened its doors in 1954, when the Melbourne, Australia-based institution had the privilege of being the first of its kind country wide to offer an in-house executive education course. The graduate school is affiliated with the University of Melbourne and today also runs MBA, other master’s and doctoral programs. Since 2008 the school has been rated as the best in the Asia-Pacific for executive education by the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that it received its eye-catching building, The Spot, developed specifically for the school’s Faculty of Business and Economics and designed by Australian architects METIER3. The glazed facade not only looks elegant, but also keeps the facility pleasantly infused with natural light while reducing solar gain. In fact, the eco-friendly building helps save the university more than $166,000 a year, thanks to energy-conserving measures that have cut usage by 46 percent compared to equivalent campus structures.

4. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

4. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The stunning Masdar Institute of Science and Technology was the brainchild of international firm Foster + Partners, which is headed up by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster. The intricate patterns of its exterior are a re-imagining of traditional mashrabiya oriel windows, and the concrete facade also had sand added to it to give it a hue that would help it blend into its desert surroundings. The institute itself focuses on graduate research on environmental technologies. It practices what it preaches, too, as a slew of eco-friendly features were incorporated into its design. Most notably, almost 54,000 square feet of photovoltaic devices were added to its roof, making it the first such structure to be supplied wholly by solar power. The complex was completed in 2010.

3. Graduate Centre – London Metropolitan University, London, U.K.

3. Graduate Centre – London Metropolitan University, London, U.K.

London Metropolitan University’s Graduate Centre makes a bold statement with its shiny, stainless steel facade and sharp angles, which make it stand out from its surroundings. Still, despite its seemingly haphazard appearance, the building’s form is quite deliberate, with its three sections extending in different directions, towards the main campus, the closest subway station and the City of London, respectively. Geometric, slash-like windows let in light and look out onto London’s busy Holloway Road, although any distracting noise is eliminated for those inside. The center was conceived by American architect Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2004 – the same year it earned a Royal Institute of British Architects Award. In 2005 it was also honored with the Jeu D’Esprit prize at the Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust’s Building of the Year Awards. Inside, the center features facilities such as a cutting-edge lecture hall, seminar spaces, and an area where students can interact.

2. Novancia Business School Paris – Paris, France

2. Novancia Business School Paris – Paris, France

Paris’ Novancia Business School catches the eye with its vibrant, flame-colored exterior. International firm Architecture-Studio set off the old-fashioned brick walls of a building dating back to 1908 with a fully up-to-date structure featuring a blazing frontage of red and yellow glass shutters. And while this facade may initially appear to bear no similarity with its surroundings, those hues were carefully chosen by the firm with respect to the yellow coloration of the original building and the reddish appearance of the nearby Musée Bourdelle. What’s more, the striking shutters rotate to control the amount of sunlight entering and also reveal views of the immediate neighborhood. The Novancia Business School building was completed in 2011. Academically, the school offers master’s degrees focusing on areas such as entrepreneurship and innovation and marketing and the digital sphere.

1. S.R. Crown Hall, College of Architecture – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

1. S.R. Crown Hall, College of Architecture – Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Completed in 1956 and renovated in 2005, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s S.R. Crown Hall in Chicago is arguably among the most noteworthy college buildings in the entire U.S. This Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed modernist tour de force has been acclaimed by Time magazine as “one of the world’s most influential, inspiring and astonishing structures” and is now a National Historic Landmark. The open-plan concept deftly expresses the deceased German-born architect’s notion of engendering spaces that can be used and adapted indefinitely depending on need. Moreover, it enables concurrent teaching to take place, interrupted, whilst also fostering engagement between students and staff. Fittingly for what has been hailed as a “masterpiece” of design, the building plays host to the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, which offers master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture as well as a doctoral program.

10 Best Educated NFL Players Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:06:07 +0000 Lead

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Getting a graduate degree is no easy feat, even for those who are able to study full-time – so imagine trying to earn a master’s while playing in the NFL. The following 10 pro football players went about achieving their graduate degrees in different ways, but each of their stories is an inspiration to those with various different talents and seemingly divergent dreams. Hard work, dedication and perseverance served each of these men well. With post-NFL job roles including athletic director, mathematician and justice of the Supreme Court, these players prove that you don’t have to take a conventional path to be successful.

10. Myron Rolle


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New Jersey native Myron Rolle excelled on and off the field from an early age. During his two and a half years at Florida State University, Rolle not only played safety for the college football team; he also completed all his pre-med requirements, maintained a 3.75 grade point average and received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2008. He also won the Rhodes Scholarship in 2008 and spent the following school year earning an MSc in medical anthropology at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University in the UK. In 2010, Rolle signed a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, the same year that Sporting News ranked him as the second smartest athlete in sports. Then in 2012 he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nevertheless, Rolle soon announced his retirement from the NFL, stating that he was going to spend 2013 at the Florida State University College of Medicine. In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “I want a young boy or girl in inner-city Chicago or wherever to see a guy who took a year off, got smarter, got a master’s degree and came back. I want to show that you can have options.”

9. Ron Mix


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In the beginning, NFL Hall of Famer Ron Mix didn’t want to play football; he didn’t even like it. Still, he secured a football scholarship at the University of Southern California. Mix is one of the earliest players to have stressed that weightlifting could help with athleticism in football. He kept on working out during his college years and continued to improve his play. In fact, he gained 70lbs and worked so hard that he became a great player. By the time he graduated, Mix had become team captain, and he was made an All-American in 1959.

In 1960, Mix joined the newly formed AFL, where he played for the Los Angeles – later San Diego – Chargers. His coach with the Chargers, Sid Gillman, said, “Ron Mix is one of the greats of all time… I think he’s the greatest tackle who ever lived.” What’s even more impressive is that Mix studied law at night, eventually earning his Juris Doctor degree. His teammates nicknamed him the “intellectual assassin,” a moniker based on his combination of physical play and brains. Mix played for the Oakland Raiders for a year before retiring in 1972 and going on to become an attorney.

8. Greg McElroy


In 2006, quarterback Greg McElroy won a full scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He said in an interview, “The university was going to pay for it, obviously, so I was going to try to get everything I possibly could from the university as far as degrees were concerned.” In 2009, McElroy graduated with an undergraduate degree in business marketing, and he earned a master’s degree in sports administration the following year, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was also a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

The New York Jets drafted McElroy in 2011. As for what he plans to do in the future, McElroy has said, “I have a genuine love for sports and I just want to be involved in sports, whether that’s in the broadcast booth, whether that’s working for ESPN, working in a front office [as a general manager], or on the players’ side. Who knows? I kind of like it like that. It’s very much open-ended and I just don’t have to have every answer yet.”

7. Blaine Nye


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Offensive lineman Blaine Nye graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in physics, but he was pretty smart on the football field as well. He was drafted in 1968 and went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys for nine consecutive seasons – first as a defensive tackle and then as an offensive guard.

Despite his on-field success, Nye remained dedicated to his education, which he worked towards during the off-seasons. He received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Washington in 1970 but eventually decided he wouldn’t have many career opportunities in physics, so in 1974 he earned a second master’s degree, this time in business administration from Stanford University. Amazingly, Nye achieved all this while playing 125 games, participating in three Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls. After retiring in 1976, he began work on his PhD in finance at Stanford Business School, completing it in 1981, before going on to found the Stanford Consulting Group Inc.

6. Bill Lenkaitis


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Bill Lenkaitis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a pre-dental degree. He was drafted into the San Diego Chargers set-up in 1968 and was then picked up by the New England Patriots in 1971. Yet Lenkaitis continued to study dentistry at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry during the off-season. He graduated in 1974 and became an associate at a practice in Boston. After only two years, however, Lenkaitis opened his own practice near Schaefer Stadium, where he treated the occasional teammate.

In total, Lenkaitis played 14 seasons as center and guard, but he said he was ready to retire when the moment came, recognizing that an injury could bring his career to an abrupt halt at any point. “A young guy coming out of college now knows what he wants to do with his life when his football career is over. And if he doesn’t, he will after he plays a year or two and sees a terrific athlete get injured or a 10-year veteran dropped because somebody decides he’s too old,” said Lenkaitis. He played his last game for the Patriots in 1981.

5. Steve Young


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In 1985, soon after he completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted quarterback Steve Young. Young played for the Buccaneers for two seasons before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1987 as a backup for the legendary Joe Montana. Young claims he was “bored to tears” as a backup, so he decided to spend his extra time getting a graduate law degree, the subject being one in which he had had an interest in since childhood. It wasn’t easy, but Young managed to pull it off. He said of his experience, “I’d finish the Super Bowl, and literally the next day, I’d be in class a month late. Then I’d have to sprint to catch up. I think the professors kind of relished punishing me for that.”

In 1994, Young graduated from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. And having picked up two NFL season MVPs as well as being named MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, he retired from football in 1999 and went on to work in private equity. “My law degree has been invaluable because now I’m in the private equity world, and even though I’m not practicing law, I’m certainly using my law degree daily,” said Young.

4. Alan Page


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The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings drafted defensive tackle Alan Page in 1967, the same year he graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Coach Neill Armstrong said of Page, “He created havoc. He just exploded off the ball.” Armstrong added, “For a defensive tackle to make the plays he made was unheard of. He was unique, an exception to every rule.” Yet a busy football schedule didn’t keep Page from his education, and in 1978 he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with a Juris Doctor degree, passing the bar exam on his second try. He signed for the Chicago Bears in 1978 and began working for a law firm in Minneapolis during the off-season. After he retired in 1981, Page went on to become Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General and, eventually, a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

3. Charley Johnson


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Charley Johnson graduated from New Mexico State University in 1961, earning a bachelor’s in chemical engineering. He was named Sun Bowl MVP in both 1959 and 1960 and remains the only player to win the award two years in a row. Johnson went on to play as a quarterback in the NFL over 15 seasons, for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Oilers and the Denver Broncos. What’s more, while playing football, he earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Johnson attained his master’s in 1963 and went on to spend two years on active army duty. During his time with the US Army, he worked at the Langley Research Center in Virginia, where he was assigned to NASA. Somehow, Johnson also managed to return to St. Louis on Sundays to play quarterback for the team. He earned his doctorate degree in 1971 and continued to play football until 1975. Johnson went on to become a professor at New Mexico State University in 2000, eventually retiring in 2012.

2. Frank Ryan


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Quarterback Frank Ryan obtained a degree in physics from Rice University before being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1958. In the beginning, Ryan wasn’t sure that he wanted to play professional football. However, being able to enroll at both UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley in pursuit of his PhD helped convince him. Later, Ryan transferred back to Rice University to complete his doctorate. After being forced to play for the Rams in a reserve capacity for four years, Ryan demanded to be traded, and in 1962 he signed for the Cleveland Browns. What’s more, he helped lead the Browns to a decisive NFL title victory over the Colts in 1964. And only six months later, he became the first pro football player in the league to hold a PhD in mathematics.

While Ryan insisted that there is no obvious connection between football and mathematics, his degree did give him some perks during the off-season. For example, instead of working in construction like his teammates, he was an assistant professor and researcher at Cleveland’s Case Institute. “It’s absolutely false to pursue any sort of notion that football and mathematics are related. The thing is, the world outside has no conception of what higher mathematics is about. The heart and soul of modern mathematics is very abstract symbolism,” said Ryan.

1. Pat Haden


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Pat Haden may not have completed a master’s degree during his time as an NFL quarterback, but he certainly pursued academic excellence with fervor. In 1975 he graduated from the University of Southern California magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. Awarded a Rhodes scholarship, Haden went on to study at Oxford while concurrently playing for the Los Angeles Rams, which is quite an impressive feat in itself. At Oxford, he achieved a second bachelor’s degree in 1978, this time in philosophy, politics and economics. After retiring from football in 1981, Haden became a sports commentator and completed his law degree at the Loyola Law School in 1982. He went on to become a general partner at a private equity firm and is the current athletic director of USC.

Top TED Talks on Healthcare of Today Thu, 23 May 2013 18:17:30 +0000 The field of medicine is fueled by people wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. True medical pioneers take such current knowledge and practice, and try to offer improvements. Enjoy these TED talks in which real improvements and positive change to today’s medical system are the key topics of conversation.


Catherine Mohr: Surgery’s Past, Present And Robotic Future

Catherine Mohr is an esteemed surgeon and inventor. In this lecture, Mohr delves into the history of medical procedures. Subsequently, the robotic future is introduced and some very eye-opening procedures are demonstrated.


Atul Gawande: How Do We Heal Medicine?

Here, public health journalist and surgeon, Atul Gawande discusses our current broken medical system. After making a dark diagnosis, Gawande promotes a revolutionary way that medicine could be fixed forever.


Allison Hunt Gets (A New) Hip

This story begins with Allison Hunt discovering that she needed a new hip amongst a very flawed, Canadian medical system. Hunt explains how she conquered the two-year waiting list and alternatives to such system failings.


Abraham Verghese: A Doctor’s Touch

Abraham Verghese puts forth a thought-invoking cause – keeping personal touch in medicine. With little doubt of the impersonalization taking place in medicine due to technology and robotics, Verghese lobbies for the continued inclusion of human-touch in treatment.


Alan Russell: The Potential Of Regenerative Medicine

In this intriguing lecture, professor of surgery and chemical engineering, Alan Russell explores the coming possibilities of “Regenerative Medicine.” Largely unheard of, this new form of medicine is presented as the way of the future.


Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s An App For That

Inventor and physician scientist, Daniel Kraft explores the possibilities of the future of medicine as we know it. Inventions, new methodologies, and new sciences occupy the scene in this inspiring glimpse to the future.


David Agus: A New Strategy In The War On Cancer

In this hopeful discussion, David Agus talks cancer treatment. The focus is on today’s flawed approach in treatment, with a missing element of attention to individual cancer cell treatment. Agus promises better results with such a change in modern, popular treatment approaches.


Dean Ornish: Healing Through Diet

UCSF’s own clinical professor, Dean Ornish talks diet and health. As a leading thinker in general illness, Ornish puts forth substantive information with regard to the deep connections between health and what we feed our bodies.


Eric Dishman: Health Care Should Be A Team Sport

Eric Dishman is a medical tech specialist and a survivor. In this intuitive presentation, Dishman discusses his unique experience as well as technological implications on future medicine, a change in technique, and idealized best practices.


Ernest Madu On World-Class Health Care

The Heart Institute of the Caribbean is just one product of the life-work of Ernest Madu. Here, Madu theorizes how today’s current healthcare system could be greatly improved. The topics of regional and global healthcare collide in this provocative presentation.

Top Communication TED Talks Fri, 17 May 2013 14:40:16 +0000 When a trained, or at least keen eye is applied to society as a whole, one can’t help but to acknowledge the all-important role that psychology always plays. As such an integral part of our past, present, and future, the way we think is certainly the great decider of most things “mankind.” Be intrigued, and be ready to think “outside the box” with these 10 compelling discussions.


Brené Brown: The Power Of Vulnerability

Combine humor, love, and a deep look at the human psyche, and you will have Brene Brown’s presentation. Brown, a respected, University of Houston professor, gives an engaging discussion on human thinking and interactions.


Chris Bliss: Comedy Is Translation

Everyone knows and has experienced the very basic concepts of comedy and laughter. But what is comedy and how is it that we find things “funny.” Chris Bliss, renowned entertainer and founder of, delves into the real meanings of humor.


Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History

Clay Shirky makes the clear distinctions of how media is influenced by and also acts as an influencer of society. Shirky then takes it another step forward by exploring the effects of social media; especially the effects of social media on greater media reporting.


Elizabeth Lesser: Take “The Other” To Lunch

In this intriguing seminar, Elizabeth Lesser puts forth the premise that human thinking is typically governed by two, opposite, very primitive, driving archetypes. The implications are great as Lesser applies this concept to modern politics and current political stalemates.


Erik Hersman On Reporting Crisis Via Texting

Esteemed technologist and blogger, Erik Hersman tells the story of cell phone introduction to many areas of rural Africa. Hersman shares the amazing results that have evolved into a greater, ongoing, humanitarian cause.


Ethan Zuckerman: Listening To Global Voices

Here, Ethan Zuckerman, Senior Researcher at Harvard University, discusses diversification of internet information, and the lack thereof. Zuckerman introduces us to the thought that we unintentionally limit ourselves to certain demographics when surfing the web. Subsequent change is highly encouraged.


Hannah Brencher: Love Letters To Strangers

Born from her own struggles, Hannah Brencher proposes “Love Letters To Strangers.” In this growing, worldwide phenomenon, complete strangers send and receive love letters in a sort of effort at increased, widespread happiness in today’s world.


Evan Williams On Listening To Twitter Users

Twitter Co-Founder, Evan Williams discusses the birth of completely unforeseen uses of twitter and social networking. Examples of such unexpected adaptations are illustrated by Williams.


Fabian Hemmert: The Shape-Shifting Future Of The Mobile Phone

Technology-lovers take heed: Fabian Hemmert’s seminar, “The Shape-Shifting Future Of The Mobile Phone” provides a wild glimpse into a proposed future. Visualize a shape-shifting, weight-changing, non-visual display system, entirely capable of far more than today’s top mobile phones.


Howard Rheingold: The New Power Of Collaboration

Howard Rheingold is an internationally respected designer, community activist, and theorist-thinker. In this seminar, Rheingold discusses the global collaboration phenomenon. Examples such as Wikipedia are given as a future of considerable, greater collaboration is proposed.

Legal Issues Explored in These 10 Great TED Talks Sun, 12 May 2013 13:46:46 +0000 Government and legal systems are mankind’s methods of group organization and peace. Sometimes these systems work well. Sometimes though, they are as inherently and naturally flawed as their human makers. For the betterment of the future, these presenters and their words sound the call of action and change in these systems.


David R. Dow: Lessons From Death Row Inmates

In this lecture, veteran attorney and advocate, David R. Dow, provides an interesting notion. In taking data from all death-row inmates before execution, a pattern emerges with which one can glean a common background throughout most of the cases and persons behind them. Dow proposes employing this data to stop crime.


Drew Curtis: How I Beat A Patent Troll founder, Drew Curtis explains the growing issue of frivolous and fraudulent patent practices. Curtis provides personal stories on patent debacles involving news releases and the associated patent battles that have ensued.


Bryan Stevenson: We Need To Talk About An Injustice

Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, gives a stirring rendition of justice gone astray in America. Figures including Rosa Parks and Stevenson’s own grandmother are presented while making the points of social change in America.


Kristina Gjerde: Making Law On The High Seas

Kristina Gjerde discusses the compelling issues of waters that have no protection of law. Trash dumping, hazardous fishing operations, and other such atrocities are allowed to continue without regulation of these areas. Problems and solutions are presented.


Scott Fraser: Why Eyewitnesses Get It Wrong

Scott Fraser delves into the human consciousness. How are events recorded to the brain and what affects this recording of memories? Fraser applies the science to the reliance of fallible witnesses in the courtroom. Fraser is a widely esteemed forensic psychologist.


Shereen El Feki: HIV — How To Fight An Epidemic Of Bad Laws

Shereen El Feki is a world-renowned expert on societal culture and sociology. Here, El Feki discusses the HIV and AIDS epidemics, but with a twist. She asserts a shared responsibility for these epidemics that lies directly with government.


Heather Brooke: My Battle To Expose Government Corruption

There is no mixing of words or hidden undertone to be found in Heather Brooke’s lecture. The point is direct; Brooke takes aim at government accountability, freedom of information, and the need for related change. Interesting examples of government corruption are also illustrated.


Stephen Coleman: The Moral Dangers Of Non-Lethal Weapons

Stephen Coleman is a leading expert on applied ethics and human rights. Here, Coleman presents a thinking contrary to the popular; Non-Lethal weapons are having adverse effects. This unforeseen consequence is explained in a rather compelling manner.


Kiran Bedi: A Police Chief With A Difference

Kiran Bedi is one of the most influential and accomplished law enforcement officials from India. As demonstrated here, Bedi’s main goals are to educate the public and government alike on effective alternatives to the traditional “rehabilitative” methods of today’s correction system. Radically different ideas on incarceration and crime are given.


Marc Goodman: A Vision Of Crimes In The Future

Marc Goodman, chair at Singularity University and head of the Future Crimes Institute, reveals a foreseeable and unsavory future if change is not adopted. Goodman applies measured technological advance to human crime and presents problems as well as solutions.

Graduate School Resource Guide Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:03:44 +0000 Graduate school is becoming an ever more common and necessary stepping stone to long lasting and successful careers in our culture. Graduate degrees give students a chance to specialize and gain extra knowledge in a specific field, and in many cases they are required for advancement beyond middle level in a field.

The goal of this resource guide is to help current and prospective graduate students leverage the many powerful resources that are out there to achieve success in their pursuit of a graduate degree, helping them sort out things like financial aid, what publishing companies publish journals they should be reading or writing for, resources for finding niche journals and helping them determine what journals are good candidates for getting published, and how to balance graduate school and life successfully.

Financial Aid

  • Government Student Aid is a federal resource website devoted to informing students of all potential federal funds including loans and grants that might be available to them as they pursue their graduate degree.
  • FinAid covers the plethora of different types of available financial aid, from public and private loans, to every scholarship you can imagine. The website covers military aid as well. The website is exhaustive and allows students to create profiles, then selects scholarships for which they are eligible based on the profile.
  • Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions features everything from blog posts, to a video series on strategies for getting into grad school, to lists of potential scholarships and loans. Kaplan also features a guide to the FAFSA to ensure students they will get the most out of government aid.
  • New York State Government Financial Aid is a link included in the list as an example of available funding from the state level. Most states offer financial aid for residents in much the same manner as New York.
  • GradLoans is a site that offers students insights into how different loans work, interest rates and what loans might be available to potential grad students.
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing is listed here as an example of a professional association/organization that offers members or future members scholarships and financial aid. Many associations show similar support for their members.
  • Mapping Your Future consists of many FAQs, to help students figure out exactly where they stand, and what decisions might be right for them. This is a particularly good resource for those that are still unsure whether or not a graduate degree is right for them.
  • The National Science Foundation’s fellowship program is an example of many such programs offered by organizations around the country. Fellowship programs are a common way for students to defray the cost of school.
  • features in depth commentary on the scholarship potential of graduate students, what they can expect, and seek out in order to meet their financial aid needs.
  • Fastweb is one of the leading online scholarship databases in the world. The service is fast and informative, and it helps students access new opportunities every day.
  • Peterson’s has your best interests at heart, which makes this article very important. The linked article is full of valuable borrowing tips. Many students find themselves overwhelmed by debt when they graduate. Peterson’s wants to change that by making practical suggestions for borrowing, and that’s just the beginning, Peterson’s is full of great advice articles like this one on a wide array of topics.

Study, Writing, and Life

  • Test Prep Review is a website featuring extensive information, both general and specific, about studying for various exams, both those necessary for entrance into graduate school, and those graduate students most commonly encounter for licensing and entrance into specific programs.
  • American Psychological Association features many articles about how to prepare yourself for graduate school. This linked article on breaking bad habits that may have formed during a student’s undergraduate experience stands as an example of the type of content offered by the APA’s official website.
  • College Atlas features numerous articles providing students with tips on study methods, reading and writing, test preparation, time management, and memory techniques. The website features both general advice and subject specific tips.
  • APA Writing Style Guide is an important resource for graduate students entering the social sciences, as the APA style is the standard for those subjects. There are plenty of good general guides online, but students may also want to consider picking up the books available as they cover more information and can serve as a valuable reference.
  • Chicago Style Writing is an example of the kind of free online resources available on the different styles of writing. This particular link is to a guide on citing works in the Chicago style. Chicago style writing is used primarily by book authors and some journals.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab Guide to MLA is primarily used by people writing research papers for classes, as well as being commonly used by writers in the humanities. MLA is rarely used when writing for scholarly journals or other academic publications.
  • offers a useful guide about surviving graduate school. The categories covered include dealing with stress, advice on graduate thesis/dissertation, networking skills, building relationships with peers and professors, time management, and more.
  • 12 Tips for Surviving Grad School is an extensive article featuring the best strategies not just for surviving, but for thriving in the graduate school environment. The article covers the life of a student from a multitude of angles. Graduate students will benefit from these tips regardless of their area of study, as the tips are meant to be broadly applicable.
  • GRE Study Plan, provided by Happy Schools Blog, features 20 steps to successfully completing the GRE exam. The article features advice on avoiding common pitfalls, as well as actual tips for creating a study plan for success. The list looks not just at how, when, and how hard to study, but also gives planning strategies to help students know when to schedule the exam and more.

Academic Publishers, Journal Databases, and Publishing Resources

This section, instead of featuring specific academic journals, which would be of little use in a list intended for graduate students in general, features prominent academic publishers, databases, and resources devoted helping graduate students discern which publications their writing may fit.

  • American Medical Association is the primary publisher of medical and medicine related journals in the United States, and one of the most respected medical journal publishers in the world.
  • The National Academies Press is the publishing arm of the National Academy of the Sciences. The Academy publishes over 200 books per year, and is also responsible for disseminating the annual reports of the various academies included under the broad heading.
  • Sage publishes both open access and traditional journals. Sage is an independent publishing company that was founded in 1965 and has become one of the premier names in academic and professional publication.
  • Oxford University Press publishes in a wide range of countries and over 40 languages. The scope of Oxford University Press is more broad than many traditional academic presses. Target audiences of the OUP range from pre-school all the way up through post doc researchers and everything in between, including general readership.
  • Cabell’s Directories is a database of scholarly publications intended to help graduate students and academics identify the best publications for their works. The information provided includes helpful things such as acceptance rate, review process, writing style requirements and more.
  • Columbia University Press was founded in 1893 and is one of the oldest University Presses in the United States. The press has held to its tradition of focusing primarily on publishing original research in economics, science, history, and literature.
  • Wiley-Blackwell is one of the oldest publishing companies in the United States, started by Charles Wiley in 1814. The company has been committed to publishing quality works from the very beginning, publishing works by James Fenimore Cooper and Charles Dickens in the early years, but changed focus in the mid 19th century to scientific, medical and technical nonfiction works.
  • Facet Publishing is an academic and trade publisher devoted to publishing the premier materials on information in the world. The target audience is information and library professionals and academics.
  • University of Chicago Press publishes works for scholars, students and general readers and has been doing so since its founding in 1892. The press publishes over 50 journals in several disciplines including humanities, education, and physical, medical, and biological sciences.
  • JSTOR is a resource for libraries and students, and a unique opportunity for publishers. The mission of JSTOR is to collect and preserve the writings of all academic journals for current and future generations. The company is non-profit, and charges fees simply for the maintenance of the service, and to be able to pay publishers for access to their materials.
  • Taylor and Francis Group exists to disseminate knowledge from scholarly researchers and academic societies through the publication of journals and partnering with libraries and universities to make their publications available in the markets to which they are applicable.
  • Science Direct is an online database designed to help professors, students, and interested general readers find all the journals available on their subject of interest.
  • Springer was founded more than 170 years ago in Berlin. Over the first 100 years the company expanded and set up offices in London, New York and many other major cities around the world. Springer has grown into one of the world’s foremost scientific publishers through years of organic growth.
  • Elsevier Elsevier has grown over its132 year history from a small Dutch academic publishing company into one of the premier publishers of scientific, healthcare, and education resources.
  • Scholarly Open Access is a blog that strives to serve as a watchdog regarding the new movement in open access journal publishing. The site maintains lists for predatory and disreputable open access publishers with the goal of informing students about the pitfalls in this new aspect of academic publishing.
  • University of Pennsylvania Press was founded in 1890 and is a non-profit organization that relies primarily on donations for support as they do not believe in sacrificing the quality of their publications on the altar of mass appeal.

Ranking Authorities

  • U.S. News and World Report is one of the premier college ranking entities in the country. Their yearly lists cover just about every type of learning environment and help students make good decisions about prospective schools.
  • The Princeton Review publishes several “best of” lists every year featuring information on hundreds of different types of universities, ensuring that students will be able to find quality schools that align with their personal goals.
  • Newsweek/The Daily Beast features many different lists concerned with more than telling students that Harvard and Yale are the best universities. The lists include most and least affordable colleges, most and least rigorous colleges, most liberal, most conservative, most beautiful, happiest, most stressful and more. The lists offer students a different perspective than some of the more traditional ranking authorities.
  • Kiplinger College Rankings is another list concerned with things like best value, top public colleges, and other categories concerning the economic side of choosing a college.
Top 10 iPhone Apps for Graduate Students Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:26:44 +0000 The life of a graduate student is hectic and fast-paced. Research, studying and grading papers are just a few of the time-consuming tasks that graduate students must deal with. Fortunately, students can use their iPhones to help them keep up with their schedules. The following list covers the top ten iPhone apps for graduate students.


gre and gmat for iphone

1. GRE® and GMAT® Vocabulary Builder

This app is a great study tool designed to help future and current grad students prepare for the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test. These comprehensive exams are very difficult and the verbal portion is especially troublesome. The app helps students to add some of the most common GRE and GMAT words to their vocabulary as they study for the test.



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2. iHomework

iHomework is an organization tool that helps grad students keep track of homework assignments, due dates and projects. The app syncs all of this data into the iCloud, allowing students to enter data on one device and then access it from their laptop, tablet or phone.



flaschards for iphone

3. Flashcards

Flashcards is an app that allows the user to download card sets on a wide variety of topics. Topics can include vocabulary words, math equations or names of historical events. Students can enter an answer and the Flashcards app will keep statistics of correct and incorrect answers to improve studying.



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4. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Finding a wi-fi hotspot in a hurry can be a challenging task. Students often have to submit assignments electronically by very strict deadlines. This app instantly locates the nearest free wi-fi hotspots and displays the results on a map on the student’s iPhone screen.



pocket informant for iphone

5. Pocket Informant Go!

This app is an improvement on the standard iPhone calendar. It allows students to combine calendar and list functions into one convenient program. Pocket Informant Go! can keep assignment due dates, lesson plans and personal schedules organized with pop-up reminders that can be programmed to display reminders.



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6. iStudiez Pro

iStudiez Pro focuses on keeping students informed of their busy class schedules. It can store teacher names, course information, classroom location and homework assignments according to each corresponding course.



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7. GPA Calc

Much of the graduate student lifestyle revolves around the all-important Grade Point Average. The GPA Calc can immediately calculate a student’s GPA. Students can simply input some key data, select a few options and the result is instantly displayed.



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8. ACTPrinter – Virtual Printer

Graduate students must keep multiple copies of important documents and this app creates digital copies in a flash. It allows users to “print” a virtual copy of a document on their Mac and send the copies to their iPhone so that they can carry their important information on the go.



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9. Wunderlist

Wunderlist is an all-in-one listing and notification app. Students can create and manage their to-do lists, take notes, schedule important reminders and instantly sync this data to all of their devices using the iCloud.



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10. iTalk Recorder

For hands-free note taking, the iTalk Recorder app is an ideal solution. It records audio input in high definition and can email its audio files using iTalk, allowing grad students to record lengthy lectures or study sessions and then send the recorded information to other students or to their laptop.

Top 10 iPad Apps for Graduate Students Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:32:37 +0000 Being a graduate student can be tough. Between school, work, and often even raising a family, juggling it all gets complicated. Thankfully, modern technology is making it a lot easier to say organized, research and take notes. These 10 iPad apps will help make the load feel lighter for any graduate student.


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1. iTunes U

If further research or immersion in a subject is needed, one of the most reliable sources you can find is materials from an accredited college course. iTunes U allows you to search a library of thousands of classes in a variety of subjects and participate if you feel so inclined. It also allows you to take and highlight notes.



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2. Papers

One of the biggest focus’ of graduate school is research. It can be messy carrying around, printing and searching for all those research articles. With Papers you gain access to a number of databases, and you can keep your PDFs all in one place. On top of that it has an in-depth system for highlighting and taking notes.



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3. Dropbox

Cloud computing is changing the way we do things, and Dropbox is a fine example of that. Dropbox gives you a cloud storage unit so you can synchronize your life across all of your devices. Unlike a flash drive there is no risk of losing it. Upgrade your Dropbox account and you can practically put your whole desktop on it.



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4. Evernote

There are a lot of note taking apps out there, but Evernote reigns supreme as the best. You can add photos, voice recordings, make to-do lists and much more. Perhaps the best part is that it is entirely searchable. Additionally, Evernote allows you to synchronize your library across all of your devices.



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5. Encyclopedia Britannica

It is all too common where you have just the tiniest fact that needs to be cited. The easiest solution is Wikipedia, but that is not going to cut it in graduate school. The alternative is the comprehensive Encyclopedia Britannica, and this app is the best way to organize all the information you can find on it.



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6. Note Taker HD

Nothing can quite replace the fluidity of taking notes by hand. This app has the option to shrink down your writing, so it is easy to jot down and pleasant to read. It has extensive features for organizing and embellishing your notes.



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7. Outliner

The pre-writing process can often be a painful one. Outliner helps to streamline the process of organizing your ideas so it is not so hard. It also has the ability to chart your overall progress on a project, so you can see how things are moving along.



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8. Pages

A standard word processor is essential, and Pages is one of the most attractive and flexible ones around. It has the ability to create some attractive graphs and charts, and sports a solid on-screen keyboard. It also comes packed with 16 templates for a variety of projects.



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9. Fantastical

Whether it is a presentation, meeting or seminar, a calendar is a near requirement for the graduate student. Fantastical is a calendar app that is clean, quick and supports dictation. This app gives you the ability to sync up with a variety of other calendar services as well to help keep things consistent.



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10. iStudiez Pro

For overall organization of your college life it doesn’t get much better. iStudiez will keep track of your course schedule, homework and GPA. The today menu stays synced with your course schedule and planned events for ultimate convenience.

Top 10 TED Talks about Learning and Education Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:12:52 +0000 As the world changes with the quick pace of globalization and rapid technological development, education paradigms are changing with it. In this series of TED talks, experts go over what’s happening to education in the 21st century.


Adora Svitak: What Adults can Learn From Kids

In this short TED talk, Svitak discusses what exactly learning is and how adults can learn from kids. Kids see the world in an exciting perspective that Svitak would like to bring back to adults for the purpose of education.


Ben Dunlap: The Life-Long Learner

Telling the tale of an extraordinary Hungarian Holocaust survivor, Dunlap goes over what it means to be passionate and how simple daily routine can profoundly affect our futures.


Charles Leadbeater: Education Innovation in the Slums

In environments like the slums of Brazil, it can be surprising to see exciting new methods of teaching that have never been seen before in well off countries, but it really shouldn’t be. Necessity is the mother of innovation, and Charles Leadbeater goes over how we can take these methods and learn from them.


Clifford Stoll: The Call to Learn

The incredibly eccentric Stoll goes over what it means to be drawn to learning as well as tangents about the Moog synthesizer and no-volume bottles. He claims that the only ones who can truly predict the future are kindergarten teachers; they’re the only ones with exposure to the next generation.


Jeff Bezos: What Matters More Than Your Talents

The founder of the internet juggernaut, Amazon, gives a graduation address to the Princeton graduating class in this talk about what allows some to achieve success. He claims it is not about talents in the end, but about discipline and the culmination of the choices made throughout a life.


Daphne Koller: What We’re Learning From Online Education

Online education is an exciting new field that is becoming increasingly pervasive in the education scene. Whether it’s someone wanting to learn calculus in Eastern Europe or an Indian learning western literature in his free time, Koller makes the case to study online education to see what can be learned and how to apply that to traditional institutions.


Liz Coleman’s Call to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education

Coleman makes the case to revamp higher education from specialization to more broad interests in a world where students are learning more and more about less and less.


Patrick Awuah on Educating Leaders

In this fascinating TED talk, Awuah talks about what it means to be a leader and how important having effective leaders is, especially in environments like Ghana. He calls for education to have more of a focus on leadership in order to combat problems in Africa that arise from non-effective leaders.


Bill Gates: Mosquitos, Malaria and Education

Bill Gates, who needs no introduction, talks about some of the world’s biggest problems and what we can do to fix it. Bill Gate’s Melinda and Gates Foundation is on the path to destroy malaria and Gates explains how education is instrumental in solving this crisis.


Bunker Roy: Learning From a Barefoot Movement

There’s a school in India that specializes in taking rural men and women and transforming them into scientists, engineers, and doctors. This is part of the Barefoot movement, and Bunker Roy gives insight into how it works.


Top 30 Grad School Blogs Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:55:28 +0000 gradschoolbadgeGraduate school is often quite a different experience than undergraduate. Students are more autonomous, which for many can leave them feeling lost or without guidance.

There are many resources, however, to which a student can turn to find tips, tricks, and commiseration, all of which can greatly improve that graduate school experience. This is a list of the top thirty graduate school blogs.


Best Graduate School Blogs

1. Gradshare is a graduate student blogger community. The articles on grad share are, as their writers, very diverse. The writers are from a wide variety of programs and have a multitude of perspectives; however they all have one thing in common–they’re graduate students.
Highlight: The Power of Intention

2. College Puzzle is published by Stanford professor Michael W. Kirst. The blog is focused on providing students with advice and insight into the college world at all levels, especially on financing and the multiple different paths students might travel and find success.
Highlight: Federal Financial Aid: A Student Guide for Successful Applications

3. AMS Grad Student Blog is a collaborative blog featuring the writings of graduate student members of the American Mathematics Society. The blogs cover a wide range of topics primarily dealing with math, but also sometimes with issues often faced by graduate students as a whole.
Highlight: Mathematics vs Statistics

4. Google for Students is a google resource blog for students featuring information on how to use Google’s powerful suite of tools, including powerful search techniques, and information on maximizing the usefulness of Google Drive. The site also shares information on how to get a job at Google, and what working there is like.
Highlight: Advanced Power Searching With Google

5. HackCollege This blog focuses on helping students of all levels adapt to the circumstances of higher education. This blog offers commentary on everything from folding clothing, to covering the latest productivity apps.
Highlight: How to Fold a T-Shirt in 5 Seconds

6. Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog is one of the most respected blogs for philosophy grad students, or anyone that is just interested in philosophy. The blog covers publishing traps, news in the philosophy community, philosophy in politics, and coverage of the top printers of philosophy in the English language.
Highlight: Best Philosophy Publishers in English

7. Thesis Whisperer features articles targeted at graduate students that share advice from the author who has been a graduate student, on all the ins and outs of writing a thesis. Topics are diverse, from interacting with your thesis advisor, to proper ways to go about research, and other strategies.
Highlight: How to Complain and be Heard

8. Graduate Student Grant/Fellowship Blog shares information regarding grants and fellowships for graduate students. This is a good resource for people looking to bring in a little extra aid, or find strong fellowship options.
Highlight: Institute of Historical Research Mellon Dissertation Fellowships

9. Student Branding is a blog covering the topic of how to brand yourself as a potential grad student, a grad student looking for a fellowship, or a grad student about to complete their degree and looking to enter their field. The blog also covers strategies for high school students entering college (with an added view toward graduate school).
Highl. ight: Midterms, Interviews, and Preemptive Fun

10. Creative Writing MFA Handbook is a blog devoted to providing students with insights and strategies about Creative Writing Master in Fine Arts programs. The blog features content on how to get the most of your grad school experiences and classes.
Highlight: Applications, Acceptances, Waitlists, Rejections

11. Human Rights Doctorate is a blog focused on the experiences, studies and ideas of a student pursuing his doctorate in human rights. The blog features many modern human rights concerns, as well as looking back at historical situations and offering advice and insights to others looking to pursue a graduate degree in the field.
Highlight: Senegal’s Chambres Africaines Extraordinares to Judge Habre

12. JD Law Students Blog is a place for law students to share their experiences, insights, and advice regarding earning a JD. The blog features content on many topics, from events and activities the students enjoy, to study methods and encouragement.
Highlight: A Costly Shame Spiral

13. PhD Blog is written by a PhD student who is studying the influence social media has on the identity development and doctoral practices of PhD students. The blog serves as both an outlet for his research, and his thoughts on how PhD are positively and/or negatively affected by social media.
Highlight: Twitter Timelines and the Art of Skim

14. Chemistry Grad Student and Post Doc Blog is the blog of the American Chemical Society and is geared toward providing resources and insights to graduate-postdoc students.
Highlight: Thinks I Wish I Knew Four Years Ago

15. Grad Cafe is a collaborative blog for graduate students and those considering graduate school. The site shares advice and strategies for applying to graduate school, and what to do once you get in, how to evaluate multiple acceptances in order to determine the best opportunity for you personally, and more.
Highlight: Playing Hard to Get (by Accident)

16. University of Texas Grad Student Blogs are targeted primarily at UT grad students, but the blog also features articles by students that contain advice pertinent to a wide range of grad students.
Highlight: Take Your Professor to Lunch

17. The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development features blogs by grad students at GWU that deal with numerous issues facing grad students such as interacting with professors, reflections on lessons learned throughout graduate school, the process of maturing as a graduate student into a professional, and many other relevent topics.
Highlight: Reflecting on Graduate School

18. Grad School Jungle is a blog by graduate students intended to help other graduate students navigate the sometimes murky waters of graduate school. The blog debunks myths, shares strategies, and also includes articles on pressing issues in graduate education today.
Highlight: The Truths of Reading

19. Auburn University Grad Blogs feature articles from many different types of graduate students at Auburn University, from those that have done the academic chain of highchool>college>graduate school>PhD to students who are going back to school with the intention of advancing in their career or changing it altogether.
Highlight: Defcon 20

20. Harvard Grad School of Education Admissions Blog features content produced by students, staff, and distinguished guests geared toward helping students through the grad school process, whether it be applying, or beginning the search for employment once nearing graduation.
Highlight: In Search

21. The Professor is In focuses on helping graduate students make a successful transition from grad student to professor, especially those who are still grad students when they begin taking on teaching responsibilities.
Highlight: Addressing Search Committee Members

22. My Graduate School publishes content on successful methods for applying to and preparing for graduate school. Articles range in topics from selecting the perfect school taking both price and quality into consideration, to avoiding major pitfalls that can hurt your chances for acceptance even after you’ve submitted your applications.
Highlight: Letters of Recommendation for Grad School: Beware the Bad Letter-Writer

23. University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School Blog features articles from students on everything from applying effective teaching methods to writing a strong thesis or dissertation.
Highlight: Learning How to Teach

24. UNL Political Science Grad Student offers grad students, potential grad students, and former grad students advice on succeeding at every stage of the graduate school experience. The blog also offers reviews of various conferences and advice on interesting professional resources on top of providing valuable insight into the world through the eyes of a graduate student.
Highlight: Game Theory Program

25. Rutgers Grad Student Blog offers readers the insights of current graduate students at Rutgers University. The blog serves the purpose of fostering a sense of community within the Rutgers programs, giving prospective students insights into the various programs, and offering general advice to any and all graduate and potential graduate students.
Highlight: The Hidden Virtues of Wasting Time

26. Ohio State Graduate School Blog features practical advice on all aspects of graduate education, from financial advice for periods both before, during, and after graduate school, to achieving optimal outcomes in the beginning or advancing your career.
Highlight: Steps You Can Take for Career Outcomes

27. Notre Dame Graduate School Professional Development Blog features experienced grad students and professors writing content geared toward helping each other navigate the often complex and difficult questions that inevitably arise throughout the graduate school experience.
Highlight: Blog Your Way to a Healthy Writing Habit

28. The Grad Student Way is the blog of “Ryan the Graduate Student”, a 5th year PhD student who dabbles in career counseling in addition to his studies in cellular and molecular pathology.  Ryan offers practical advice on this blog that can be applied by graduate students in a wide variety of circumstances.
Highlight: Top Ten Things to Never Say to Your Thesis Advisor

29. Nuts and Boalts is a blog of the Berkeley School of Law. The majority of content pertains to law students and features news and statistics from the legal and law school worlds, but there are also articles on the effective use of social media and other technologies.
Highlight: In Defense of Citizens United

30. Plotzk is the personal blog of a graduate student. The blog features the thoughts and musings on her struggles and triumphs both as a writer and a student.
Highlight: The Trouble With Writing