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PhD 022: PhDs No Longer In Progress! – The Dr. Nikhil and Dr. Kelly Show

October 29th, 2015

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This week, the hosts recount their final days as graduate students and their first days as doctors.

  • How are the last steps of the PhD process?
  • Finalizing thesis, defense talk, and job search simultaneously
  • Stressful days leading up to the defense
  • “No one cares about your thesis!”* – A PhD advisor
  • Hosting family and friends for your defense
  • Beware: You MAY get emotional during the final moments of your talk
  • Kelly doesn’t let professionalism get in the way of her sailor’s mouth
  • Reviewing the job searches for Kelly and Nikhil
    • Hear about Kelly’s “Lifelong Dream” in Episode 6
    • Get the background on the Co-Founder of Nikhil’s Zipline company, Doug, in Episode 8
  • Don’t be afraid to use your network! It’s tough out there.
  • For interviews: Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • Prepare for your negotiations
  • Why can’t Jason hit Natalie Imbruglia’s notes anymore?

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A very special thanks to you, the listener. We had so much fun recording episodes and even more fun seeing the reaction to our show. You gave us an outlet for this energy and you spread the word. This is the end of “Season 1”. Thanks for bearing through the learning curve of podcasting and always giving us great feedback…

We’ll be back very soon with familiar AND new voices.  Follow us on Twitter @PhDPodcast to keep in touch. As always, you can find more information at phdinprogress.com

PhD 020: Dr. Ben McNeil on the Creativity Deficit in Science and Thinkable.org

May 15th, 2015

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Dr. Benjamin McNeil is a Senior Lecturer at University of New South Wales and creator of Thinkable.org. He wrote this piece for Ars Technica titled “Is there a creativity deficit in science?”

  • What are the hurdles to professors getting funding?
  • How can we pursue projects that might not have an immediately apparent payoff?
  • How did the coupling of scientific “failure” and personal “failure” develop?
  • To what extent do corporations have a role in scientific research and endeavors?
  • How science can connect with society?
  • Organizations as platforms to raise money for your research
  • We revisit “secret learning” and “new knowledge” (i.e. negative results and/or failures)

Thanks to Ben McNeil again for a great show and interview. You can reach him at ben@thinkable.org. Definitely check out Thinkable.org to see some current projects and give your own projects a shot.

If you have any comments or questions, stop by phdinprogress.com/20 and leave a comment. You can also email us at feedback@phdinprogress.com or on Twitter @PhDPodcast.

You can also help support the show in a few different ways. Follow the link in the show notes to leave an honest rating and review in the iTunes store. This goes a long way to spread the word of our show to people who haven’t heard it yet.

And if you are interested in helping with the financial aspects of producing and hosting this show, you can become a Patron at Patreon.com/phdpodcast, where even a dollar a month helps pay for making each episode. Thanks to Masha E. for becoming the latest patron!

As always, you can find all this information and everything we discussed today at phdinprogress.com

 

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PhD 019: Starting an “Alternative” Career Symposium at Your Institution with Mark Esposito

April 30th, 2015

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A very special thank you to Mark Esposito who also runs the Breaking Bio blog found at breakingbio.org

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Mark wrote a guide about creating the career symposium you heard in this show at http://www.breakingbio.org/resources/

Discussion points:

  • Understanding your career path and constantly questioning your goals
  • Problems with tenure track positions as the default
  • How do we approach learning about “alternative careers”
  • Steps in initiating a career symposium:
    • 1) Raise money via internal and external grants or donations
    • 2) Connect with potential speakers/guests
      • Ask faculty
      • Use LinkedIn or call companies
      • Ask departmental office
      • Location can be important
    • 3) Logistics for travel arrangement, room availability
  • Career areas addressed at the symposium held at Princeton’s Department of Molecular Biology:
    • Policy
    • Education
    • Industry R&D
    • Law
    • Science Communication
  • Related Episodes:

A very special thanks to Mark Esposito. You can find some great, accessible science posts by Mark at BreakingBio.org. We hope you can take some of his advice and start discussions of alternative careers at your school. He was nice enough to write up a summary and supporting materials that you can find at phdinprogress.com/19.

If you enjoy the show, please help support us. The best way to do this is to leave an honest review and rating in the iTunes store. Any comments you have will go a long way to spread the popularity of the show. Also get in touch with us on Twitter @PhDPodcast

If you’re a big fan and want to help increase the quality of recording and distribution, definitely consider becoming a patron by supporting us at Patreon.com/phdpodcast . Even $2 gets us closer to adequate hosting space and equipment. Thanks to Ben McNeil and Sally Ponchak who are currently supporting us.

 

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PhD 017: “We’re NOT Morons!” – Facing Impostor Syndrome

October 3rd, 2014

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If you would like to donate to help cover costs, please click here.This week we have a friendly dialogue about facing Impostor Syndrome and how it has appeared in our lives.

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We’ve started something new! So far, all of the funding for this show has come out of my own pocket. To help cover the costs, I’ve started a Patreon campaign where you can pledge to help out the show. I’ve also placed a PayPal Donation button on the site.  The show will ALWAYS be free but if you would like to help us cover costs and improve the quality of our show, please consider contributing via Patreon.com/phdpodcast.

Another great way to support the show is to leave a review in the iTunes store. This is very important because it boosts visibility of our show. Please take 30 seconds to leave an honest rating and review. We’d really appreciate it!

iTunes user dgr- two left a 5 star review,  saying:

“I’d recommend this podcast to any current or prospective graduate students- the speakers always keep the topics fresh and interesting. My only complaint is that while there were two episodes about finding non-academic jobs after school, there hasn’t been anything yet about pursuing postdoctoral or tenure track positions”.

Thank you for the review and we’ll work on getting together a postdoc episode.

Finally, we’re very active on Twitter @PhDPodcast so say hi to us there or e-mail us at feedback@phdinprogress.com.

 

PhD 016: Mental Health Awareness and Treatment as a Grad Student

September 23rd, 2014

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Questions asked:
What is a “lifeguard”?
How did you decide to seek help?
What does help look like?
How is mental illness perceived in graduate school?
Am I alone if I seek out help?

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 5-11, 2014

Resources

Do you have any experiences to share? We’d love to talk about it further in the comments on our show notes at PhDinProgress.com/16 or /mentalhealth .
You can also say hi on Twitter @PhDPodcast or e-mail us at feedback@phdinprogress.com

Finally, If you like the show so far, help us out by sharing with your colleagues and leaving an honest review in the iTunes store.

Xue9983 left a great review saying how isolating grad school can be when you’re an international student trying to learn a whole new culture, presenting research in a different language, and dealing with the ignorance and arrogance of people: “So I am glad that I found this podcast when I was struggling through those things, questioning myself and why am I doing this PhD stuff. It is a friendly and helpful podcast. Keep up the good work!”

Thanks Xue. That really means a lot to us and we hope to record an episode about international students soon.



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PhD 015: Financial Basics- Priorities, Budgets, and Credit with Patricia Berhau

September 10th, 2014

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Patricia Berhau is an ISLES Asset Building Coordinator who works primarily with moderate and low-income people. She encourages graduate students to remember that their income-level is only temporary as their income potential is much higher in the long-run.

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Important reminders:

  • It’s all the irregular things that are budget busters.
  • Budget! Knowing where your money goes is crucial to being financially healthy.
  • Mint.com for organizing your accounts and budgets
  • Get a copy of your credit report!
    AnnualCreditReport.com You’re entitled to a free credit report from each of the bureaus per year. Your credit report and score dictate your borrowing potential.
  • If you feel that you want to borrow money at some point, be conscious of your credit handling.

“Make a Resolution to Budget? Here Are Some Apps to Help” by Tara Siegel Bernard – New York Times – Jan 3, 2014

 

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PhD 014: “12 Years A Graduate Student” with Parag Gupta

August 15th, 2014

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This week, Jason talks to Parag Gupta, 12th-year materials science and mechanical engineering PhD student at Northwestern University about his perspective on graduate school and learning from mistakes.

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PhD 013: Parenting and Raising a Family as a Graduate Student with Jessica Rowland Williams

July 17th, 2014

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This week, Jason and Kelly talk to Princeton University graduate student Jessica Rowland Williams about starting graduate school with a child and deciding to raise a family.

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DO YOU have 10 seconds to help us acheive our goal? We would love 50 reviews and ratings in the iTunes store. When we reach 50 reviews or 100 ratings, we’ll release a bonus outtake episode to everyone AND one reviewer will be randomly selected to either join us on the show via Skype or we’ll use his or her topic suggestion.

PhD 012: Tools, Tips, and Strategies to Increase Your Productivity (Part 1)

July 9th, 2014

We have a new goal only YOU can help us achieve: we would love 50 reviews and ratings in the iTunes store. When we reach 50 reviews or 100 ratings, we’ll release a bonus outtake episode to everyone AND one reviewer will be randomly selected to either join us on the show via Skype or we’ll use his or her topic suggestion.

PhD 011: 3 Topics in Dating and Maintaining Relationships in Grad School

June 25th, 2014

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Ep011_cardWhat dating challenges and mistakes do grad students face?

  • How do you start dating as a graduate student?
  • Should you using online dating services?
  • How can you maintain a relationship while in grad school?

This week we discuss having a love life as a grad student. After a long discussion, we only end up scratching the surface! We’ll be sure to return to this broad subject.

Have you ever searched for love in the liquor store?

Dating: Online vs Offline
Relationship
Sharing interests
Complementing traits and interests
Intellectual intimidation

Let us know what you’d like to hear more in depth. (If you are a bear or a lumberjack, Kelly would also like to hear from you)
Comment at http://phdinprogress.com/love
E-mail us feedback@phdinprogress.com
Interact with us on Twitter @PhDPodcast
or Reddit /u/PhDPodcast , /r/gradschool

 

*Sorry for the audio quality. I’m working on making it better! -J