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...

Japan (As Magical As You Think It Is)

So it’s about 800 degrees centigrade and I’m wondering if I’ve lost my mind hiking Mt. Arashiyama in this heat. I turn and watch two children and their elderly grandparents skip gaily up the...

Let The Evening Come

This is the beginning of my fourth year of graduate school, that membranous transition period between the eager expectation of third year and the panicked frenzy of fifth year. Many of my older...

The Best is Yet to Come, Part II: Reflections on Graduate School

StudentSpeak is pleased to share this guest post from Kelly Chacón, who graduates June 5 with her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. For Part I of Kelly’s post, click...

The Best is Yet to Come: Reflections on Graduate School

StudentSpeak is pleased to share this guest post from Kelly Chacón, who graduates June 5 with her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Sometimes I like to tell people that graduate...

Only Three Minutes

Let’s pretend you’ve signed up for the Three Minute Thesis. What that means is you’ve got three minutes to explain your thesis—both the results and significance of your project—to a...

Friday

It was Friday. Finally. The day had been circled, stared, and highlighted on the calendar, serving as a constant reminder to prepare my mind and hedge my future. Weeks out, my friends had noted...

Up a Wall Without a Paddle… Or Something Like That

I'm not crazy, but people have given me looks that suggest otherwise. These situations usually occur after I've mentioned I'm a graduate student. The probability of receiving the "look" increases...

Null Data, or What It Isn’t

Fourth year. It means different things to different people. Sometimes it means the end is in sight, you have a paper out and next year you will graduate. Sometimes it means that the end was in sight,...