Showing posts with label PhD life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PhD life. Show all posts

Dear workaholic | Work-life balance | Learn from Libra

Dear workaholic, this post is for you. 

I have timed it with the month of October - the month of Librans.


My academic journey through Taylor Swift songs | Just for fun | Goodbye, academia

I was 11 when I decided that I wanted to be a physicist. 

I learned that rest and motion were relative and that the grand unified theory still needed a lot of help.


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On one of my best days on the journey

Learning to not take criticism personally

Learning to not take criticism personally is one of the most liberating and productive things you can do for yourself and your career.

In grad school, I learned how to take criticism for what it is.


On top of Ob Hill, McMurdo Station How to PhD
On top of Ob Hill, Antarctica!

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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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?


oindree banerjee at phd graduation pic for blog how to phd should I stay longer and make sure the paper gets published
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

Establishing a diverse and inclusive workplace

I attended the panel discussion on "Best Practices for Establishing a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace" at the American Physical Society's April Meeting this year.

I felt that it was important that the discussion we had reaches a wider audience, hence this post!


picture showing a diversity of flowers, taken in London, UK by Oindree Banerjee

7 reasons why TA-ing is good for you

Worried that TA-ing will set you back in classes and/or research? Disappointed about not getting that department fellowship? 

Don't worry, be happy! 

TA-ing will make you a BETTER, not worse, graduate student. You will be MORE successful, not less. 

Here are 7 reasons why: 


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31 things to pack for your Antarctic expedition

Does your Ph.D. involve an expedition to Antarctica? Mine did. Or, maybe you are just curious. 

I share 31 items to pack if you have to take a trip to the bottom of the planet, along with tips on the essentials for the trip and a very important note on hikes that could save your life!


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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...