I am a graduate student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. When I'm not working on research or as a part-time statistical consultant, I may be found playing recreational co-ed soccer or spending time with the coolest kid I know: my daughter, Sophie. Also vying for my attention are two very sweet and very needy Labradors and one feigningly disinterested kitty. I am blessed to share my household with a slightly eccentric Frenchman who makes an unforgettable crème brûlée. We’ve been married for over 6 years now, but who’s counting? I am working on a research-based PhD in social psychology. My current research directions include attitudes and deliberate self-persuasion as well as irrational contagion of moral credentials. After graduating, I plan to find the world’s most perfect meatloaf recipe (or at least the diner that serves it).

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.  Your long, rambling, obsequious, and convoluted emails with statements disguised as questions and vice-versa qualify as both difficult and aversive to address, and so will be avoided.  

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Mentors and Markov Chains

Mentors and Markov Chains

Some people have described the minds of graduate school advisors while thinking about their graduate students’ research, as Markov chains. That description is not made audibly by anyone who is still working on their degree and would like to continue doing so, of course. A Markov chain, in essence, is memoryless. What will happen next in a sequence of occurrences is determined by the current set of events and nothing previous.

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sarabrady
My advisor always forgets the last conversation we've had. And then once in a blue moon, he'll surprise me and pull out some piece... Read More
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:55
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Introducing AmandaM

Introducing AmandaM

Former president of the University of California, the late Clark Kerr, said that the purpose of a university was to provide “sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty” (as cited in Calisphere, 2011, footnote 99). In his tongue-in-check statement about the purpose of universities, Dr. Kerr appears to have overlooked graduate students because, as we all know, graduate students are far too busy for, ahem, recreational activities.

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Lol!! I love that gif!! If that from a movie or something? Thanks for making me smile today---I needed it! ... Read More
Monday, 21 January 2013 15:56
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