How to poster | Research poster template | Goals of a poster

If you have to put together a research poster presentation and haven't done one yet, it is way easier to start from a template.

In this post, I share a research poster presentation template using PowerPoint.


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During a poster competition in college - I won the first prize :)

What's a good school for astrophysics?

I get this question from prospective college students:

What's a good school for astrophysics?


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At an elementary school for an outreach event during college!

How to write a research statement for a postdoc fellowship

In this post, I share the research statement I wrote to become a finalist in a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship competition. 

At the time of the application, I did not have any main-author papers published yet but some in the pipeline.

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San Francisco viewed from Alcatraz - cuz why not

How to thesis | LaTeX template | Figures, tables, and equations

In this post, I provide LaTeX templates for figures, tables, and equations by sharing contents from a few chapters of my Ph.D. thesis. 

Template for a figure, group of figures, figures using subfloat, tables, and equations are provided below!


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At graduation - with my advisor and PhD sibling!

LaTeX resume template | One-page resume | PhD resume

I provide a one-page resume template in this post.

In LaTeX!


Since it's late and I need to use a pic here

How to make a superconductor in two easy steps

Today I am sharing how I made a superconductor in college.

It was for a class - senior lab - and I ended up having way too much fun as always.


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Cover letter that led to postdoc interview at MIT

Sending out postdoc applications and some of them require a cover letter?

Been there. I will keep it real as always and share with you the cover letter I wrote for a postdoc application at MIT - where I got the interview and had loads of fun visiting!


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Mirror selfie at the hotel before my interview. It was February and I was COLD in just that jacket. Don't take Boston lightly. Everrrr.

How much crying is normal?

I saw this question on Reddit under the GradSchool subreddit. 

How much crying is normal?


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My statement of purpose from a successful graduate school application

In this post, I am sharing my statement of purpose from a successful graduate school application.

I wrote it over 5 years ago, so I definitely cringe at a few things now, but hey, it got the job done and I am still rather proud of it. 


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The author of the example SOP in this post, that is, me 5 years ago ;)

How much do graduate students get paid as stipend?

Question from an undergraduate student:


How much do graduate students get paid as a stipend?


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Just a day in grad school - I was cold!

Should I stay longer and make sure the paper gets published?

Question from a PhD student:


I want to transition to industry as a research scientist. 

I have one protocol paper accepted, one second-author paper, and one first-author paper that is not yet submitted.

I am worried as my advisor wants to add more data to the first-author paper before submitting, and it keeps getting delayed. 

Now he wants me to stay as a postdoc to finish it.

My advisor knows I want to transition to industry.

Should I stay longer and make sure the first-author paper gets published?


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This is at my graduation, but I think I could pass as an agony aunt here

Free food in graduate school and what I learned from it

In graduate school, my office was on the third floor of the physics research building.

There was a big atrium in the middle of the building on the ground floor. 

There was a seminar room adjacent to it - this was where many events took place.

Events that generated FREE FOOD.


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No, this is NOT free food, just a pic I took and decided to use for this post

What happened when I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association

I sat in the dark in my bathroom.

It was late one night in November of 2017.

I was worried about my future.

What was my future?


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Photo credit: Linda Cremonesi, a postdoc at University College London

How to finish your PhD and graduate in a timely manner

So you started a Ph.D. Great!

You are doing lots of research, or maybe you are burned out. Either is understandable.

Maybe your advisor loves you and wants you around forever.

Or maybe they hate you and don't want to support you in any way. 

Or maybe they ignore you... a lot. 

Whatever the situation, it is in YOUR best interest to finish your Ph.D. in an (at least somewhat) timely manner.

But how?


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At my graduation!

How to finish your PhD and graduate in a timely manner

So you started a Ph.D. Great! You are doing lots of research, or maybe you are burned out. Either is understandable. Maybe your a...