Adjusting to Life after Thesis

Something I don’t think is talked about enough is adjusting to life after thesis. People had off-handily mentioned that it can be hard to know what to do once your thesis is complete because a PhD takes so much time and energy. However, no one said that it would be this hard to adjust. A PhD becomes a part of […]

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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; Freija, PhD Candidate in Geoscience & Ecotoxicology

Hi everyone! My name is Freija Mendrik and I’m a second year PhD Candidate in Geoscience and Ecotoxicology at the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull, UK. My research is all about microplastic pollution, mainly what factors effect vertical stratification and transport and how biology plays a role in this in major rivers and out to sea. I’m very […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Jayne-Louise second year PhD candidate in cancer research.

Hello! My name is Jayne-Louise (AKA SlinkyScience) and I am a second year PhD Candidate in cancer research with the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute based at the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. My lab group has a focus on cancer cell biology, which means we look at the inner workings of normal cells and cancer cells to try […]

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Featured Day in the Life of; Melissa, PhD student researching Endocrine Disruptors

Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a 2nd year PhD student at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. I am also an Early Stage Researcher for the EU funded project called Protection against Endocrine Disruptors (ProtectED). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals found in food and the environment that interfere with the way our natural hormones work in our body […]

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Post PhD submission boredom

I was warned by my supervisors that submitting a PhD is a big life adjustment… in a positive way, but nonetheless still an adjustment. You go from spending a ridiculous amount of time thinking about your PhD or feeling guilty for not thinking about your PhD, to not having to think about your PhD at all. I had two weeks of marking left when I submitted my PhD (on top of my full time job) so I think that was a good way to wean myself off of the 16+ hour work days. However, my supervisors were definitely right, it is a big adjustment. I have never been particularly good at being bored, my partner actually said “I think the one thing you are terrible at is being bored” and it has been a really long time since I have experienced guilt free boredom.  It is an odd and confusing feeling between submission and defense because you cannot fully relax (as there is still lots of PhD to do) but you are also free to relax. I am still working through these feelings and have so far realised a few key points;  Be kind to yourself- you have just submitted a PhD- be kind to your mind and body. Sit with your boredom-I have found that it is important to just sit with your boredom and get yourself used to the feeling of not having anything. You will be exhausted- […]

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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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