Featured Day in the Life of; Kathryn, PhD Candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. I’m in my 6th year and wrapping up at the end of this year! It’s a bittersweet time for me because my graduate experience has been incredible, challenging, but incredible. I’ve been given the opportunity to teach field courses both locally […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Lidya, PhD Candidate in Chemical Biology and Blogger.

Hello! My name is Lidya Salim, and I am a PhD Candidate at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, ON, Canada. I work in a Chemical Biology lab and especialize in Nucleic Acid Chemistry. I am currently exploring the synthesis of short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) bearing novel chemical modifications to improve their pharmacological properties. I recently launched my STEMthusiast blog (www.STEMthusiast.net), […]

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Featured day in the life of: Jordan, PhD candidate in human factors.

Hi everyone! My name is Jordan Rogers and I’m a PhD Candidate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. My degree is in Human Factors which is a blend of psychology and engineering and centers around informing product and system design through understanding human limitations and capabilities. My research and career interests involve optimizing medical device design and healthcare […]

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How To Choose The Best Medical Field For You

** In Collaboration**  Choosing a career in medicine is just the first step in becoming a doctor. The biggest decision that you will have to make in the career is selecting which field of medicine you will go into and specialise in. Whether it’s obstetrics, family medicine, gynaecology or even the biggy – neurosurgery alongside people like Dr Timothy Steel – there is a field out there perfectly suited for you. The problem is working out which one you want to do. It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your career, so it is important to make sure it is the right one. You need to consider many different factors, which we will look into in this article. The work environment Each speciality has a balance between inpatient (hospital) and outpatient (clinic) medicine. When thinking about the field of medicine you want to go into, it is important to consider whether you love the pressure and intensity of caring for critically ill patients, or whether you want to be part of their long term recovery in an outpatient clinic. Research and academic opportunities In pretty much every speciality, there is (or should be) the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge and get involved in research. However, some areas have better chances than others at offering academic prestige and funding. Work-life balance Whatever field you go into, there’s going to be long hours and pressure. That’s the very […]

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Featured ‘day in the life of’: Gina, a Biology PhD candidate studying the social regulation of zebra finch song.

Gina is the 11th featured day in the life of, Gina is the face behind the Instagram “the_dancing_scientist” A day in the life of Gina (PhD Student in Biology): Hi! My name is Gina. I’m a PhD student in Biology studying the mechanisms behind the social regulation of zebra finch song. As a first generation college student, I didn’t realize I could […]

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Road Trip Playlist

There are few things required to make a road trip adventure successful; good company, good locations, good snacks, and of course good music. So for some inspiration here are some of the songs that were played on my recent great ocean road trip. Old Pine- Ben Howard Drops of Jupiter- Train I’ll be there for you- The Rembrandts Little talks- […]

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4 Ways to Plan Your Writing

Throughout high school and undergraduate university courses, we get told about the importance of planning before we start to write essays or reports (or any other type of writing for that matter). I used to think that we were just told this for the fun of it, kind of in the same way that you are told to read ALL […]

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