Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

How to add value when sending a LinkedIn connection request | Networking | Job search

Need a job? You have probably heard that it's all about who you know. 

Let's make you more friends on LinkedIn!

By the Cape Fear river for blog How to PhD
By the Cape Fear river :)

Story of a terrible phone screen and the mistake on a cover letter that you cannot afford

I share the cover letter I wrote for a job where I got the phone screen, had a terrible experience and did not get the job.

Although not directly related to the terrible experience, I point out the mistake in my cover letter that I have since learned to avoid at all cost.


Waiting for my flight to Antarctica
I don't have too many pics where I look sad - here, my flight to Antarctica was delayed!


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.


At a poster presentation how to phd
During a poster competition in college - I won the first prize :)

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.

View of San Francisco from Alcatraz How to PhD Oindree Banerjee
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!


at my phd graduation how to phd oindree banerjee
At graduation - with my advisor and PhD sibling!

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.

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. 


oindree banerjee at her college graduation at nc state on blog how to phd write a statement of purpose for graduate school
The author of the example SOP in this post, that is, me 5 years ago ;)

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

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 thesis: Free LaTeX template and note on Overleaf

While writing your Ph.D. thesis, the last thing you want to worry about is - the writing part! 

You are doing a million things - finishing your projects, training the new grad student(s), looking for a job, maybe teaching..!

You are not about to lose your mind. You have lost it a while ago. 

Fighting with LaTeX cannot be your problem right now. 

I more than understand. So, I share in this post my LaTeX thesis template for you to grab and start using.


An example of text using LaTeX showing Chapter 1 Exciting astrophysics happen far, far away


Summary of my PhD thesis and link to the full text

I am happy to report that I finished my Ph.D. a few days ago! My defense is done and the thesis submitted. 

So now I have a final draft of the thesis and share the short version/conclusions as well as a link to the full text in this post. 

Picture of Ob Hill in McMurdo, Antarctica. Taken during hikes in Antarctica where I was working on the experiment for my PhD.
I climbed Ob Hill (Antarctica) a few times during my Ph.D. so here is a glimpse of that

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...