Category Archives: Dealing with the fact you’re in grad school

Tempted by Twitter

I don’t have a twitter account.  However, it’s becoming more and more tempting of late.  It started with TNG Season 8, dedicated to tweeting the “plots from the unaired 8th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation”.  For someone who … Continue reading

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What can you do with a Masters in Science? (I don’t know, and now you can too!)

Congratulations, you have just earned your Masters degree in science. You haven’t fallen into the trap of doing a PhD. Yet. And now you’re unemployed and wondering what to do next!

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How to read science like a scientist… and why grad school is the number one cause of alcoholism.

Usually it all starts out innocently enough. I first read the abstract (a short summary provided by the authors) of a scientific “peer-reviewed” paper in order to decide if I want to commit myself to finding and downloading the pdf file of … Continue reading

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The worst powerpoint presentation slide in existence

I attend a lot of presentations as a grad student.  Some are good and some are not-so-good (but can usually still get their point across).  However, on occasion, some presentations can border on horrendous.  The horrendous ones usually suffer from … Continue reading

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Five things I do to entertain myself in the lab

Often when I’m in the lab, I have these gaps of time that are just long enough to promote idleness.  For instance, you’re waiting for a centrifuge to spin down your samples (I’ll let Wikipedia explain, if you don’t know … Continue reading

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How to succeed in Grant Writing without really trying

Often in my short career as a grad student, I’ve found myself writing to justify my existence.  You’re applying for grants, scholarships, awards… these are all very important things because they mean that you get to continue pounding your head … Continue reading

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My life if it was yummy like pie.

Click on the image below to make it nice and legible.  Or you can squint and give yourself a headache — I don’t judge.  I believe people have the right to make things as easy or difficult for themselves as … Continue reading

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