Link in my bio!! -
A week or so ago, I asked you a few questions about grad school on my insta-story. If you missed it, I wondered what stage you were in your graduate school degree, if you struggled to get in a groove in the beginning stages, and if you wish you had resources to better prepare you for the demands of graduate school.
Overall, I got a lot of feedback saying yes, you needed more support when you first started grad
school. You also might have voted yes, that you would take a survey for me to get an idea of what is lacking in the realm of grad school preparation and tools for overall success…
- ➡️ Well I finally constructed that survey! If you want your voice heard as to what resources and general knowledge needs to be available for new graduate students’ success, please take a few moments to fill out my survey (link in bio)!!
When I first started graduate school, I had a terrible time figuring out myself, the expectations, and the systems I would need to be a productive graduate student.😳 In a lot of those areas, figuring things out is also an ever-ongoing project during my time as a graduate student! If this sounds like you too, please help me serve you by filling out the survey. ❤️🧡
Please share with anyone and everyone you know that is getting on, currently on, or just hopped
off the struggle bus that grad school can be at times. The more feedback I get, the more effective we can be at improving the grad school journey. Thank you so much! I appreciate you more than I can express. 💛💚
Our first #FundingFriday this week is a reminder that applications for the Microbial Pathogenesis Training Program are due 6/1. The program supports both #postdoc and #gradstudents . Information can be found here: http://uofuhealth.utah.edu/immunology-inflammation-infectious-diseases/training/training-grants.php Questions: @MulveyLab. #phdchat#ecrchat
Congratulations to Ayse Özge Sungur, our most recent travel grant winner! 👏
Ayse is a researcher working in Professor Schwarting’s Lab at Philipps-University of Marburg in Germany, researching genetic models for neurodevelopmental disorders. The award will help to fund her trip to EBBS satellite meeting at FENS in Berlin.
Find out more about our travel grant and how to apply on our website.
Taking time to enjoy the freedom of PhD life before I lose it soon. A morning nature walk before writing, to soothe the soul. Saw so many baby birds this morning, some pretty big carp in the canal and lots of colourful flowers in bloom. 'I love not man the less, but nature more' 💖 Byron
As part of my day job I programme this robotic arm to measure tiny droplets of liquid (1/1000th of a millilitre) in which I probe for the expression of specific genes. This is called a qRT-PCR (quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction). I swear that reflection of me not wearing an appropriate protective labcoat is just a trick of the eye
One week left to apply for this month's $500 travel grant! 👩🔬👨🔬 .
Whether you're a PhD or postdoc, no matter where you are in the world, if there's a scientific conference you want to attend, here's how we can support you with registration fees and travel costs.
Visit our website and click 'Support' for more information.
I have an exciting announcement! Woot woot! I'm going to host my very first LIVE BOOT CAMP for women this summer. This F-R-E-E presentation bootcamp is for you if you've ever found yourself scrambling last minute to finish a presentation. You know, the whole "Oh I'll just finish my slides on the plane" type of thing. .
We all know that our presentations are important, but sometimes sitting there and getting it done is a challenge. I want to help you overcome that challenge. .
I'll be doing live videos, giving structured time-specific prompts, and there will be a community of women researchers, academics, scientists, and evaluators to support you. My goal is that you walk away from the bootcamp feeling like a boss. No more presentation procrastination! .
Interested? Go to my profile and click on the link for the bootcamp. It will take you to the info page where you can sign up for more details.
Can’t begin to describe how excited I am to start using these #coffee beans I got from @dineencoffeeco. A Toronto-based café, they set up shop in 2013 at the corner of Yonge and Temperance in the financial district. I discovered them through my friend @wildcardplayoffteam in 2014, and have been a fan since. Their café is housed in a listed building, which adds to its charm. My favourite drink is their iced latte, which is velvety smooth and full of flavour. Highly recommend to all Torontonians, and those who are visiting #Toronto ! 5/5 🌟
I’m stressing about a million things of detail, whereas I know if I dropped my perfectionist tendencies it would be significantly easier. Ever get that thing where you’re afraid to do something because it just seems too hard to start? That’s how I feel just now. Off to @villagegym to Sh’Bam as that sorts out all my perfectionist tendencies.. you just gotta let go and move to the music!! I’m a pretty hopeless dancer but Sh’Bam is the kind of class where no one minds, and you burn a tonne of calories in the process! #shbam#lesmillsshbam#danceoff#danceitout#perfectionism#phdchat#phdlife#goals#weightlossjourney
Some days we wake up, 4 hours late, with a striking deficiency of certain neurotransmitters. The thought of going into the office and producing the plots we desperately need for tomorrow's meeting makes us feel nauseous. So we take some 5-HTP, and thank God for fitted sheets; at least we get _something_ done today. #pray4me#praisethelord#laundry#bedsheets#phdchat
At #ShutUpAndWrite today @writethatphd reminded us not to feel insecure when others boast about how many thousands of words they can write per day. Word count alone is not a good measure of productivity as there is no built-in quality control. #PhDchat#ECRchat#AcWri#WeAreUC
Heather Shaw has had a paper published in Cyberpsychology behavior and social networking: Wilcockson, T. D. W., Ellis, D. A & Shaw, H. (2018). Determining Typical Smartphone Usage: What Data Do we Need? You can read it online prior to print here : https://buff.ly/2khICYg #psychsensorlab#PhDChat @h_shawberry
Who doesn't listen to podcasts??...
HUGE thank-you to HelloPhD podcast for featuring our page and interviewing our founder. .
Hosted by Joshua Hall and Daniel Arneman, HelloPhD is a podcast for scientists and the people who love them! It's full of conversations about the highs and lows of grad school, academia, and post-grad life. And, they are really fun, laid-back hosts with tons of quipy advice (as evidenced by their weekly beer review)!
If you want to listen to @susannalharris talk about her personal story with being diagnosed with depression in grad school as well as why she started @ph_d_epression, go to HelloPhD.com ! Or follow them on #Twitter
Does anyone else listen to podcasts or audiobooks while doing mindless grad work? What other podcasts should we listen to? Has anyone NOT EVER listened to a podcast? comment down below ♥️
PS: thank you all for being such an awesome, supportive community. Your messages make my day. New story on Friday!
Written by our expert PhD qualified technical team, and endorsed by our Scientific Advisory Board, our DREADDs mini-review helpfully summarises some of the features of DREADDs and their ligands.
Visit hellobio.com and click 'Resources' to find this and more.
This morning I went out for breakfast to remind myself that academia is not all stress and is occasionally reading over breakfast... I’m reading Circe, which I’m really excited about because one of the books I recently enjoyed and have stacked up to review is The Song of Achilles.
I remember Madeline Miller’s reworking of The Illiad receiving mixed reviews but I’m proud to say I’m in the “it’s brilliant” category. Yes, sometimes the description slips strangely into present tense and yes, the narrator can be slightly annoying as teenagers are, but ultimately it works. It is fun, for a tragic tale, a quick and easy read. Patroclus and Achilles are unapologetically teenage - they lust, they fight, they are overwhelmingly moody, they see the world in terms of black and white. The mythology becomes very human - Patroclus, for all his faults, is a perceptive narrator and some passages are particularly clever to match those that jar by being overly descriptive.
If you get drawn in, as I was, you won’t see the holes. I can’t help but think that some of the fusty critics who don’t like it don’t like Patroclus and Achilles being unapologetically gay and in love*, because this is what carries the tale. Patroclus and Briseis’s friendship is also wonderfully told; the relationships are the strongest pull in this novel. Bring on Circe! *to which I say: they were buried in the same grave, idiots.