Category: Graduate School

Using the ‘fear of missing out’ to my advantage in science

Priscila is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University (OSU). She was born and raised in a rural town in Puerto Rico. She is interested in science communication, biomedical and plant research. She...

/ October 30, 2018

PhD or Family? Does it have to be one or the other?

Aditi Deshpande is a scientist at Allena Pharmaceuticals in Newton, MA. She is a biochemist and a chemical engineer by training. Dr. Deshpande is motivated to transform emerging science into products suitable for commercial development and also bring first-in class...

/ August 24, 2018

From Juvenile Detention to Neuroscience

Raul Ramos shared his inspiring personal journey into science with high school students from Waltham High School as part of the series, The Brandeis MRSEC and WHS present: Science Pizza Talks. AAAS provided additional support for this event.

/ August 22, 2018

The PhD Delusion

My parents were still on cloud nine about their daughter having finished a PhD at a highly-ranked university, doing ground-breaking research on cystic fibrosis. They were talking about it as if I had been on a wonderful, noble mission which...

/ May 28, 2018

How My PhD Training is Empowering Me

Teresa Ambrosio: "I wasn’t aware I was suffering from depression for so long and I blamed chemistry for missing out on all the other aspects of life. I suddenly realized that my whole world was my 1x2 square meter desk...

/ May 11, 2018

My Kaleidoscopic Journey in Science

If you observe carefully, you’ll find a similar pattern in science and life. Both teach you the same lessons. The lessons that you learn from science help you solve problems in life as well.

/ April 5, 2018

The Humbug Scientist

Camille McIntyre: No research, animal care, education, or science anything occupation seemed to want me. Internships didn’t want me, not even for free.  Retail stores didn’t seem to want me either. My period of unemployment made me question everything about...

/ April 1, 2018

A PhD in a Pageant Gown: On Fear, Growth & Defining Success

Dr. Vania Cao is the Commercial Programs Lead at Inscopix Inc. She is a neuroscientist, writer, business consultant and Founder of Free the PhD, a career transition platform supporting fellow PhDs to land a job and life they'll love outside...

/ March 31, 2018

Tell the Negative Committee to Shut Up

Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up

/ March 8, 2018

How to Create a Supportive Space for Scientists to Share Stories of Struggles

To test out these hypotheses, Shaina Lu, a graduate student in Tony Zador’s lab, had an idea: why don’t we hold an “open mic night” for people to share stories of struggles and setbacks in a safe, supportive, and respectful...

/ March 2, 2018

Science and Hope

Far from finding understanding for my passion for science, I found scientists who tried to discourage me. Each "no" was another incentive to work harder and show them that my passion was greater than their negative comments.

/ February 23, 2018

What Keeps Me Ticking

Besides a few of my teachers, I didn’t know any scientists; I didn’t even know what a PhD was. To be honest, I had no clue what I was getting into. However, the same stubbornness that had made me throw...

/ January 30, 2018

Can You Ever Escape Your Personal and Scientific Bubbles?

I’ve wanted desperately from early on to have a straightforward path. I imagined that everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing professionally, and that they were surely great at it. Everyone but me. I always thought that I...

/ January 21, 2018

Warm Waters and White Sand Beaches: My Journey Studying Human Impacts on the Ocean

I am a climate scientist, with one foot in the modern ocean trying to understand impacts on California species and ecosystems, and one foot in the past, probing the paleoclimate world for lessons we can learn.

/ December 23, 2017

Understanding by Doing

Tyler J. Ford: Now that I’ve got my PhD, and I’ve been working in a science communication position for a few years, I’m often asked how I “ended up” in SciComm. The first thing to point out is that I...

/ December 19, 2017

My Journey Coming Out of the Deep Dark Ditch of “publish or perish”

This is my story – the story of going through a tremulous phase of my life during which I lost faith in science and myself, but eventually regained it.

/ December 7, 2017

When your greatest weakness becomes your greatest strength

I have a language disability and a fine motor skill deficit. As a child, I would try not to speak up in class or speak too loudly because I was afraid I would misspeak. I knew what I wanted to...

/ November 26, 2017

Perseverance to Passion

In my life, perseverance is growing up in the inner city of Flint, Michigan. Gangs, violence, and drugs were part of everyday life. I’ve seen someone being run down by a car, shot in the head, and been shot at...

/ November 25, 2017

Me Versus Me

It was around 8th grade that my own personal video game boss blocked my progression. I was struggling in an earth science class and failing to reach the high standards I had set for myself. It wasn’t long before I...

/ November 16, 2017

Discovering the Scientist Within Me

– Stefanie Morgan –  – Doctoral Student in Cancer Biology at Stanford University – The first time I met a scientist was in college. Prior to then, science seemed just an abstract concept that was reserved for the unusually intelligent....

/ September 25, 2017

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

– Edritz Javelosa –  The luscious vegetation, crawling critters, warm beaches, and the tropical climate of the Philippines – an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands, tons of natural resources, and a wide range of biodiversity – was the setting...

/ September 15, 2017

The Anxiety Fights Back

– Erica Hawkins –  – The story below originally appeared on Erica’s Phd Freaking Out Blog on August 9, 2017 – Anxiety ebbs and flows. One week you can feel super chilled, and the next feel on the edge all...

/ August 27, 2017

Forever a scientist: How I found my career niche

– Julia Bates –  “No Julia, you are still a scientist. You will always be a scientist”. Those were the words spoken by my mentor Professor Jenny Martin, as we sat drinking coffee in a sunny café in my hometown...

/ August 21, 2017

How Can We Help? Creating the Superwomen in Science Podcast

 – Cordon Purcell & Nicole George – In the fall of 2016, we were both in our first year of grad school and living together in Montreal (Cordon was sleeping on a crappy air mattress in Nicole’s living room). As...

/ August 8, 2017

Playing in the Dirt and Calling it Science

 – By Stephanie Halmhofer | Bioarchaeologist –  For some, the line from point A to point B is fairly straight.  For others, it’s a zig-zag.  I am definitely a zig-zagger.  I didn’t find an easy, straightforward path into becoming a...

/ July 19, 2017

Diffraction

– Rowena Fletcher-Wood | Programme Delivery Officer at Science Oxford –  The story below by Rowena was originally published in 2014 through the Story Collider. You can listen or read it below!  When I was eighteen, I loved school and I loved...

/ June 26, 2017

Making My Way from Mountains to Mud: Part 3

– by Robin McLachlan – We teach school children that science is inaccessible and scientists are socially inept. Crazy scientists hide behind lab benches. They are disguised beneath white coats and thick glasses. Their hair is disheveled, their motivations shady, their...

/ May 24, 2017

Discovering my identity as a scientist

by Tyler A. Allen | NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine |  My journey into science was a seemingly unexpected yet inevitable one. I am the first person in my family to venture into the field of science as a...

/ May 4, 2017