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 … 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! In this series I hope I can show you the … Continue reading Meet the Scientist
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. Dating in general can be … 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? I shall offer you a bit of insight by showing you my typical day in the lab... at the moment! Currently I am doing more in my … Continue reading A day in the life: What do I actually do?
We all have days where we are feeling down, stressed or anxious. The problem is knowing when its not 'normal' anymore- the other problem is that when you notice its not normal its already a problem... For those of you reading this with anxiety/ depression... you will know what I mean by this. I will use … Continue reading Mental Health chat
Last week I was talking to a masters student who is thinking about doing a PhD- but who really isn't sure yet. I wanted to write a post that might help those of you who are thinking about going on to study a PhD in the future- this is based on my experience- I hope … Continue reading Is a PhD for me?
Mental health awareness day was this week: It's a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, so it felt right to do another post about mental health. Why is mental health awareness so important? This year an article was published in Science showing that up to 1/3 of PhD students will … Continue reading Signs
Experiments not working? Data not repeatable? Never fear, follow these simple guidelines to ensure experimental success: 1.) PCR PCR is a fickle thing, one day it will work beautifully the next when you need to rerun the exact same experiment.. nothing happens. Why? A quick pray to the PCR gods should help your PCR work … Continue reading 10 tips for the superstitious scientist
This week you get an extra post from me- I have started back at work, and my anxious brain is in overdrive. Why? I am not too sure- there is obviously something worrying me, but it's buried somewhere I can't get to at the moment. So I thought I would sit and have a bit … Continue reading Inside the anxious brain
I love conferences- I have always enjoyed learning and listening about new science, so to be able to have a few days devoted to science and hearing about the science happening in other labs across the world is amazing. Conferences are a really important part of PhD life- as they get you networking, and talking about your … Continue reading Conference Life