As some of you may know I have just handed in my thesis! From the very first year of the PhD you start hearing stories about the dreaded Thesis writeup, and while it is hard, it isn’t the worst thing ever. Once you get your head in the game, it’s ok!
Sometimes its useful to get some hints and tips from people who have written up, so here are a few of mine.
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This week I would like to introduce you to my little sister Kirsten. Unlike me, Kirsten went down the Chemistry route, and is now studying for her PhD at the University of York. As you will find out- the stuff she studies is amazing!
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Hi Everyone! Last week I was given the amazing opportunity to talk to school students about my research as part of the youth STEMM awards. I wanted to dedicate this post to the award, and also talk about what I have learnt about presenting to school students. Enjoy!
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At the beginning of my PhD people told me I would be lucky to get ‘usable’ data by my third year, and that most of my data would come in 4th year. I scoffed at this a bit- how could you possibly do a four year PhD and only get data in your final year?!
Continue reading “T minus 7 months”
Hello everyone and welcome to the latest “Meet the scientist”!
In this series I wanted to show you the range of research being undertaken by PhD students across the country- and shine a light on the secret world of the PhD student. The scientists showcased in this series are all amazing scientists and role models, and will be sharing their stories about life as a Scientist- I hope they interest and inspire you!
Continue reading “Meet The Scientist- Emily Armstrong”
A PhD takes time (3-4 years in fact, and even longer in the States!) but during our first year, we sometimes forget this!
For me, when I look back, I realise that first year was the year of learning- understanding new techniques and concepts, getting a grip with the new lab equipment, and doing a lot of reading, but at the time I know I stressed about not having data, and where my project was going.
Continue reading “Advice and tips from current PhDs”
Everyone has a different approach to their PhD: there are people who come in to do the PhD, and go home, and there are the ones who get involved in societies, outreach and science communication. Each to their own. But for me- being able to get involved in outreach and science communication is one of the things I truly love.
Why should you get involved in Science communication and Outreach?
Continue reading “There is more to the PhD than the PhD”
Hi everyone and welcome to the first post in the new series: meet the scientist!
Since starting my PhD and this Blog I have met many inspiring scientists- and I want to share their amazing research, and journeys from student to fully fledged scientist with you!
Continue reading “Meet the Scientist- Jenna Loiseau”
I have debated about writing this post for some time now- partly because it is very personal, and partly because I have been worried that it could end up coming across as a ‘pity’ post- and I don’t want to.
This post will be about dating as a anxious PhD.
Continue reading “PhD looking for… someone”
The world of the Science PhD student is shrouded in mystery. What sorts of things do we actually do? How do we spend our days? What experiments do we do?
Continue reading “A day in the life: What do I actually do?”