Well, you’ve done it again… Our inboxes are full-to-bursting and it’s time to answer your questions in this week’s episode.Read More
Graduate training has many milestones, but a few stand stronger in memory due to their importance.
You may remember the day you passed your comprehensive exams, officially becoming a ‘PhD Candidate.’ Or maybe you’ll remember the day you saw a paper you co-authored published in your favorite journal.
And of course, every PhD remembers their defense – presenting years worth of work to an audience and receiving the committees’ blessing to graduate.
After each event, it’s important to take a moment to celebrate the achievement before pushing toward the next goal. Maybe that means gathering with friends, popping a bottle of bubbly, and remembering the road that brought you to this point.
Well, at least that’s what we do with a milestone. This week, we celebrate 100 Episodes of Hello PhD with a few of the friends we’ve met along the way.Read More
“I was observing that there was this growing mistrust in science, and I couldn’t really understand why. I think that people just don’t trust scientists anymore, or at least not as much as they used to.”
As a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, Sarah McAnulty was struck by the anti-science and pseudoscience she saw in the news and in friends who trusted their internet-inspired juice cleanse more than they trusted medical research.
“It’s discouraging to see them not trusting us as a group, so I looked to see where people could access scientists in their daily lives. It looks like most of the pop culture references they have for us are either evil or socially awkward. And even when scientists have noble intentions, you end up with Jurassic Park!”
It’s no secret that graduate school and postdoctoral training are some of the most intellectually and emotionally challenging periods you will face in your career. Experiments fail, grant deadlines loom, and PIs push you to work long hours to publish or perish.
That’s why many trainees wait to start a family. Time is precious, and the idea of staying up all night to record your experimental time-points is daunting enough. Who has time to stay up all night calming a crying baby before rushing back to the lab?
Many students know they want to have kids ‘some day,’ and the six to ten-year grad-school-postdoc training period looms large. They just don’t want to wait that long to start a family.
But is it possible to have kids WHILE you’re in grad school?
We asked an expert!
Sure, scientific conferences are not a competitive sport, but the sheer volume of information, introductions, and events can leave you feeling like you just lost a round of rugby.
This week, we share some sage advice for making your next conference the best one yet.