Sitting Outside the Academic Stereotype

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I’ve been thinking a lot about race lately–and labels in general. I guess this is partially due to recent US politics, but it’s moving more and more to the forefront of my mind the more years I’m in my PhD program. Continue reading Sitting Outside the Academic Stereotype

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All About the NSF GRFP!

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Hi all!

So this year, after two previous attempts, I was finally awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! I guess third time’s really the charm, huh? Though I was going to make a similar post regardless of if I was awarded it, I thought this would be a nice way to add my own advice as to how to give this fellowship your best shot!

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Lessons from the Field 4: Science-ing on Rooftops

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Hi! Did you miss me? I missed you!

I know I promised I’d come backĀ months ago, but apparently my life had a different plan for me and everything just got waaaay too busy. You’ll forgive me, right? šŸ˜¦

So, this blog post is going to be split into two (three?) parts. If you want to get an update on my life (complete with pictures) and know what I’m thinking about the future of this blog, just keep on reading. I even put subtitles for your convenience! However, if you want to just skip to my attempt to make fun of my field experience, you can skip to my fourth edition of Lessons from the Field by clicking here. And if you want to see the previous three posts from this series or anything else about my research, you can check that out here. Continue reading Lessons from the Field 4: Science-ing on Rooftops

A post-candidacy update!

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Oh hello there! I just thought I’d stop by and remind everyone that I still exist.Ā Hope the new year is treating everyone well!

The last time I was here I was freaking out about my upcoming candidacy exam. Well, I’m happy to announce that I passed! šŸ˜€ I am officially a PhD candidate! And, I also have the great news of announcing that I won an NSF fellowship too! šŸ˜€ It’s a pretty good month if I don’t say so myself. Now if only my instrument and data would agree andĀ give me nice results. O:

Anyway, as I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, my posting schedule may be a little bit hectic. I’m hoping that I’ll get an actual blog post up by next week talking about some of theĀ grad school pro tips I’ve accumulated across this crazy adventure. I am also planning to talk about proposal writing, literature reviews, how to make a good powerpoint for a science talk and how to create a great NSF application packet!

Any objections? Or anything in particular you want me to talk about? Let me know! I hope to be back to (non-academic) writing soon enough.

 

Mini-Hiatus

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*waves* Hi there! AndĀ happy holidays to whoever is celebrating them!

It has come to another point in my life where I must throw in the towelĀ and take a short hiatus from blog writing. Which, honestly, makes me really sad. Because this blog is something I take a lot of pride in and it’s become somethingĀ I look forward to doing during the week!Ā But lately, it’s been a bit difficult to write up quality posts on a weekly basis, while also keeping up with all the other things going on in my life right now. So, rather than forcing myself toĀ churn out weekly material, I figured it was time for a break and for me to focus on, oh I don’t know, passing my candidacy exam.

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On Successful Test-Taking

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The end of another term has arrived! Though it seems that a lot of schools are out for break, a few of you probably still have your week full of sole-crushing final exams to look forward to. My heart goes out to all of you because I think we can all agree that test-taking kind of sucks and most feel they’re just not very good at it in the first place! However, I feel that test taking is an art that can definitely be taught. And once mastered, school definitely gets a lot easier.

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The Care and Keeping of your Grad Student (Holiday Edition)

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December has arrived which means the holidays are just around the corner! And for those of you non-academics who happen to have a grad student friend/family member, this serves as aĀ rare opportunity for you to finally interact with them! Because it’s during this time of the year that we grad students find ourselvesĀ emerging fromĀ ourĀ lab/office caves toĀ remind our friends and families that we still exist in the world. Happy times all around!Ā Or so you think…

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