The Moods of a PhD Student

Excitement- “How great is it that I get to research what I am passionate about for a living” When this mood occurs– At the start of the PhD, and pops back in periodically.   Hunger- “Am I hungry, or am I bored?- either way I’m going to buy food that I don’t need to spend money on” When this mood […]

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The slump.

When I first started my PhD two years ago, I heard whispers about a so called “PhD slump”. About how in the middle of the PhD journey people want to scream, and cry, and give it all up. I thought it was a myth, something that happens to a few people, something that would never happen to me because I […]

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How to tackle a Holiday Hangover

Perhaps the worst part about going on a month-long adventure, to amazing parts of the World, is coming home to a pile of work taller than Big Ben (almost!). The Holiday Hangover is dangerous, particularly because during this time it is soooo tempting to book another adventure (which I have already done-oops!), however work needs to get done for more […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Rosalind Miller, PhD in Global Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

My research focusses on practices of retail pharmacies in Bangalore, India. My fieldwork included a standardised patient (mystery shopper) survey of Bangalore’s pharmacies. This involved trained researchers presenting at a random sample of 333 pharmacies with standardised cases of diarrhoea for an (absent) child and suspected tuberculosis. I also conducted in-depth interviews with pharmacy workers and other key informants. You […]

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More thoughts every* PhD student has

If you haven’t read the first list of thoughts every* PhD students have go here, *Obviously as I always say I can not speak on behalf of ALL PhD students. 1. Situation: When asked what you are going to do after a PhD: Ummmmmmmmmm…….I genuinely feel like I will be doing this forever so I can’t even think about that […]

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Featured ‘Day in the life of’: Hannah, Field Biologist studying golden-winged warblers.

Hi everyone! My name is Hannah and I work in the US state park system as a field biologist studying golden-winged warblers (GWWAs), which are one of the fastest-declining songbird species in the Americas. GWWAs easily hybridize with a sister species, which is thought to be contributing to their decline. The region I work in is very unique because the […]

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