Help demystify grad school for URM & FGLI students

Dr. Jess Calarco (visit her site here ) recently published "A Field Guide to Grad School" -- an invaluable resource for students and early career researchers to help them navigate graduate school. From the publisher's site :

"Some of the most important things you need to know in order to succeed in graduate school—like how to choose a good advisor, how to get funding for your work, and whether to celebrate or cry when a journal tells you to revise and resubmit an article—won’t be covered in any class. They are part of a hidden curriculum that you are just expected to know or somehow learn on your own—or else. In this comprehensive survival guide for grad school, Jessica McCrory Calarco walks you through the secret knowledge and skills that are essential for navigating every critical stage of the postgraduate experience, from deciding whether to go to grad school in the first place to finishing your degree and landing a job. An invaluable resource for every prospective and current grad student in any discipline, A Field Guide to Grad School will save you grief—and help you thrive—in school and beyond."

The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise funds to get this book in the hands of underrepresented racial minority (URM), first-generation college (FGC), and low-income (LI) students interested in applying to graduate school or already pursuing graduate studies.

Once funded, I (Margaret) will share a survey via Twitter inviting students to sign up to receive a copy of this book. At each step, I will share the balance of funds received and paid out via book purchases.

I welcome feedback for how to do this in the most equitable way.

Some logistics: 
Depending on how students would like to receive the book (electronic vs hard copy), the cost per book will range from $10-$20. I will update everyone at each step re: books sent and cost-to-date.


  • Jenalee Doom
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Karen Su
    • $40 
    • 3 yrs
  • Rebecca White
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sara Hart
    • $120 
    • 3 yrs
  • Cathi Kim
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs


Margaret Echelbarger
Chicago, IL

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