Category: Graduate Student

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

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

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

Eureka! My Path to Studying the Epigenome

Bo Xia is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU School of Medicine. He is co-mentored by Dr. Itai Yanai and Dr. Jef Boeke. Bo is fascinated by the nature of the genome. He uses novel single-cell and spatial-resolved transcriptomics to study...

/ April 26, 2018

Positivity in the Face of Setbacks: My Developing Journey in Science

Saumya Menon - Motherhood is a full time job. My family is my priority but I continue to yearn for the day when I will get the opportunity to continue my journey pursuing a career in research. I am confident...

/ April 21, 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

The Day I Met Her

I carefully approached her with the intention to learn more. I took the first step to introduce myself with a “hi, my name is Ivan." It didn’t quite work as she seemed hesitant to respond. Nevertheless, I had to strike...

/ December 4, 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

Best of Both Worlds: A Two-Timer’s Story

To this very day, I will often get comments on being a fool leaving a well-paid full-time job for a career in research that may not guarantee me an academic position. However, I am still full of gusto entering the...

/ November 10, 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

Swimming in the Sea of Mysteries

 – Hyunseung Hong –  For as long as I can remember, my scientific pursuits have given me the eyes to see and understand the world around me. I was intrigued by science because it allowed me to better understand how...

/ August 16, 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

Why I Sci

by Natalie Hamer | Biomedical Science Student at Newcastle University | My favorite question has always been ‘why?’ As a child, this question frustrated my mother to no end. I asked her a million questions, and interrogated all of her answers....

/ May 13, 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

Ordinary Folks Doing Extraordinary Things

by David Denlinger | Department of Biology | Utah State University Everyday when we wake up, whether we recognize it or not, our lives are inspired by science: not being crippled by polio or smallpox, the food we eat, the vehicles...

/ April 27, 2017

Making My Way from Mountains to Mud: Part 2

by Robin McLachlan | Graduate Student | University of Washington <> In Part 1 of this journey, I bumbled down into Crystal Cave, the rocky heart of Sequoia National Park, where my love for geology was ignited. But if this fiery relationship...

/ April 23, 2017

Books and family: My path towards the world of science

Dinner table discussions centered around political and economic analysis of world events but most importantly the future of the African continent.

/ April 21, 2017

I always thought I wanted to be a scientist

– Michelle Dookwah –  Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Georgia  I always thought I wanted to be a scientist, yet I considered other careers at brief points in my life. When I was really young, I wanted to...

/ April 14, 2017

Finding the Strength to Succeed

– Ashley Taylor –  5th Year PhD Candidate | Department of Chemistry | Louisiana State University Science was my first love because my parents also loved science. They made sure my siblings and I were introduced to science fairs, science...

/ March 30, 2017

Making My Way from Mountains to Mud: Part 1

– Robin McLachlan – Graduate Student | University of Washington | Oceanography | Sediment Dynamics Group <> How did I make my way from mountains to mud? Well, I had just graduated high school and was celebrating my last summer before starting...

/ March 28, 2017

A rollercoaster ride to finding my passion in computer science

– Ruth Agbaji – CEO & Founder at TheGradSpark I grew up in an academic environment. My father was into biochemistry research and my mom was a chemistry professor. They were – and still are – forward thinking people. As...

/ March 16, 2017

My Journey with Science

Anonymous || I have been interested in science from a young age when I liked to build intricate contraptions that I called “inventions”. These gadgets made from rubber bands and other household items helped me explore how moving parts worked...

/ February 23, 2017

Love The Path You Travel

Jessica Rauchut – Research Associate at Penn State Hershey Medical School  || At 22, many of us are graduating, starting new jobs, becoming doctors, getting married, or having kids, while the rest of us are still trying to figure out how...

/ February 4, 2017