Never Give Up – there is a bright day out there! #drudnischay

"It is wonderful, but difficult". Referring to a scientist's life, these words by a speaker hit home for me hard. This statement is a feeling that comes with pursuing any passion. Along with...

Art + Science: Creating a Shared Space

Mollie Marr, M.D./Ph.D. student in Behavioral Neuroscience I studied theatre because I was drawn to the transformative potential of performance. A play surprises you with truths—truths about...

Reflections on gun violence

On April 20, OHSU Students Against Gun Violence organized a rally with a variety of speakers sharing their perspectives on the impacts of gun violence. One speaker was M.D./Ph.D. student Caroline...

What Not to Do in Grad School

Rebecca Hood, Ph.D. candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience As I finish up my fifth year in graduate school, I’d like to share some lessons about things to not do that I’ve learned during my time...

Thanks for the memories

Six years. 72 months. 2,190 days. 52,560 hours. 3,153,600 minutes. I began graduate school as an early 20-something in September 2011. I wanted to be a scientist, I wanted a Ph.D. I knew it would not...

It is possible to make SAD not even seasonal!!!

I am writing my first blog post based on my experiences in Portland and my struggle with depression soon after I landed here. I am not writing this to bring about sympathy or pity but just to boldly...

Reflections after analyzing data from a failed experiment

The feeling is sickening. Your stomach sinks immediately, plunging thickly into darkness. Then, a sense of vertigo, a chilling Hitchcockian background-moving-but-character-standing-still effect where...

Acknowledge is power

It’s a common enough thing, the dissertation defense. The seats are packed with students and faculty members, many of whom you haven’t seen in months. The air is crackling with excitement and...