One Year On

Full Disclosure: It is now the third week of the new semester, so this reflection is not exactly one year since starting my PhD, but the sentiment stands. Many things happened at once when our program began a year ago. Our orientation week was cut short and we missed the first week of classes due... Continue Reading →

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Seeking A Balance

I am not great at hiding my emotions. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a result, people who know me well can quickly figure out when something is wrong. At dinner with my parents last week, it didn't take long for my mother to ask what was bothering me. I'm convinced... Continue Reading →

Watching From the Sidelines

Up to now, I had never had to watch someone close to me prepare for death. I knew it would happen eventually, but I had not considered how much it would occupy my attention, now how much I could learn from it. I am now watching my godparents and my grandfather, three people I am... Continue Reading →

When to Stop Reading & Start Working

As a PhD student taking on a new research project, I have spent much of my time the past few months reading and learning about an unfamiliar scientific field. My work/time is funded by a NIH grant recently awarded to my advisor, so the foundation of what I will be studying has been thoroughly laid... Continue Reading →

The Curse of a Bad PI

Scientific research, just like every other career on the planet, has bad bosses. Characteristics of these individuals include poor management skills, inadequate abilities to lead, train or motivate their employees, an inability to fulfill responsibilities, and/or questionable ethics. Outside of scientific research, employees who want to escape their bad bosses can turn to human resources... Continue Reading →

How to Become a Unicorn Scientist

Unicorn scientist: A scientist with the unique ability to communicate their work to diverse audiences. A unicorn scientist uses public speaking and written works to get scientists and non-scientists alike excited about cutting-edge research and/or the pursuit of scientific knowledge. This past week, my program help its annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for students... Continue Reading →

Which Words Don’t Matter?

Scientific writing is of paramount importance to any researcher looking to communicate, disseminate, seek funding for, and convey the importance of their work. The phrase "publish or perish" has become a mantra for a reason, though scientific writing extends far beyond publishing your research. Writing is a process involving multiple chances to improve the writing... Continue Reading →

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