Where Is The Line?

I have never been sexually assaulted or raped. I have been harassed, stalked, and patronized, but nothing that has given me nightmares; just the nature of being female. There are probably many reasons why […]

Seeking A Balance

I am not great at hiding my emotions. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a result, people who know me well can quickly figure out when something is wrong. At […]

Watching From the Sidelines

Up to now, I had never had to watch someone close to me prepare for death. I knew it would happen eventually, but I had not considered how much it would occupy my attention, […]

Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane, PhD

My background is predominantly in engineering fields, so I have spent much of time since starting my PhD learning about basic biology and biochemistry. These subject areas have previously frustrated me because they require […]

When to Stop Reading & Start Working

As a PhD student taking on a new research project, I have spent much of my time the past few months reading and learning about an unfamiliar scientific field. My work/time is funded by […]

How to Become a Unicorn Scientist

Unicorn scientist: A scientist with the unique ability to communicate their work to diverse audiences. A unicorn scientist uses public speaking and written works to get scientists and non-scientists alike excited about cutting-edge research […]

Which Words Don’t Matter?

Scientific writing is of paramount importance to any researcher looking to communicate, disseminate, seek funding for, and convey the importance of their work. The phrase “publish or perish” has become a mantra for a […]

Turning Information into Knowledge, then Understanding

Over the next five weeks, I will be writing a six-page research plan detailing the scientific background, justification, aims, experiments, and expected results of the research I will be performing over the next 3-5 […]

Starting at a Sprint

Completing a PhD is like running a marathon. You can approach it as a race and attempt to finish first, or you can merely focus on finishing. You can change up your pace, run […]

Diminishing Returns on Exams

Exams, short for examinations, are supposed to test whether the examinees (i.e. students) know and understand the material that has been presented to them. In high school, you take exams during the semester as […]