Commencement and sour grapes

I attended commencement on Monday because two of my good friends graduated from medical school and it was a much more informative affair than I expected. More than anything it was a rather motivating...

Sunshine, OJ, and 18,000 of my closest friends

No discussion about graduate school is complete without talking about the glorious bench work oasis that is attending a conference. Yep, you heard me right--approximately once a year they let us...

Eat your heart out Julie Andrews

Confidence can go a long way in any field and science is no exception. I got a helpful reminder of this notion last week at my TAC meeting (thesis advisory committee meeting for those of you not hip...

What’s spring break?

Ok kids, this post has got to be short and sweet because I am seriously deluged by work at the moment. Spring is notorious for being busy and this year is no exception. I’m prepping for lab meeting...

Does size matter?

As I’m sure most of you are aware the life of a grad student doesn’t involve a lot of car chases or celebrity scandal so my ideas on what to write about tend to be scarce. Inspiration struck this...

…Ahhh to be young

This past week I spoke to a group of high school students for their career day about being a scientist and about what grad school entails. As I prepared my slides I all but high fived myself for how...

Why does getting a PhD take so long?

One of my least favorite things about being a grad student is the frequency with which I am asked the following question, “So how much longer do you have until you’re done?”  It is seemingly a...

Let’s do this 2011

Happy New Year folks, I hope the holidays were relaxing and recharging for everyone.  I for one am having withdrawals after spending a week having my parents feed me mercilessly while binging on the...

MEOW!

I recently had a friend describe getting a PhD as “like spending 6 years herding cats." I’m not sure a better analogy has ever been made.  As you picture the mania and frustration that would...