Like most of my fellow life science PhDs, I have thought the most about tenure track research positions. Facing the reality that only about 14% of us will end up in those positions, I’ve tried to keep an open mind about the diversity of career outcomes that will enable me to apply my PhD towards.  As in almost anything in life, our professional and personal connections are so important,…

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Whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, many students are using more and more sources of social media. It has actually become an important part of some students’ communication with each other and faculty members. Facebook and Twitter connect students to each other through a platform that allows them to post on each other’s wall, tag each other in tweets or pictures, and make connections with old friends from previous…

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Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.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.     There are a…

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Going to graduate school has received a bad rap from the people who are in graduate school. If you are an undergraduate who wants to go to grad school or a first-year grad student just starting out, there is no doubt that graduate school is a long-term commitment that involves a lot of hard work. There are plenty of grad school humor websites poking fun at the hopelessness of graduate…

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Have you begun the agonizing and seemingly never-ending search for the perfect graduate school? Are you avoiding this journey until the very last second? Whichever category you’re in, there’s no need to panic. If you’re like me and you work best looking at the big picture before starting any project, I suggest reading the PhDStudent website in our “Applying to grad school” section. The article, “…

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This blog will be a place where I will be discussing many aspects of academic life, and share experiences from my previous graduate career at the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology, to my current role as a senior postdoc with both research  (studying Molecular Developmental Biology at Stony Brook University) and teaching (at Brooklyn College) components, and hopefully in the future to describe the search and transition to…

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It’s easy for students to become overwhelmed with writing or editing their dissertation. With such a long document to have to research articles, gather data, and write long pages for, students can feel unmotivated to continue their dissertation process by editing everything they just wrote. Here are a couple of resources for you that mention a few different ways of editing your dissertation:…

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As a therapist in training, I have noticed that a lot of people struggle with saying no. When working with clients, I often talk about the short term gain and long term pain associated with not saying no. In the moment, it is often easier to say no because it avoids the discomfort of confrontation and the guilt many people feel when they turn someone down. In the long run,…

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I have a confession. A secret that I have kept from almost everyone. I am a single father. Sometimes, I am up at 2:00 AM giving all of myself to care for this little thing that came into the world through me. Something so small, yet so large to me. This little thing came from me, my blood, my legacy, my heir. Other days I am up at 4:00 AM so that…

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I was a doctoral student at a research university in the Dallas area. The daunting dissertation phase was tolerable because of the support I had from my faculty advisor, research consulting firm, and my cohort. The process seems to go to fast when it is over; however, it only just begins when you are finished with your dissertation. Initially, I was energetic about publishing my findings as soon as…

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