Student Research Programs: Self-developed vs Supervisor-developed

The Context As always, this is my humble perspective based upon my experience, so please make of this what you will. There are also cultural differences (both in terms of people and in terms of institute cultures). But I have seen two broad categories of student projects. The first involves students being given a project.Continue reading “Student Research Programs: Self-developed vs Supervisor-developed”

Publications: Authorship and Credit

When you’re doing a PhD and writing up a study for publication, authorship can sometimes be an easy and obvious process. It’s your project so you’re number 1, the senior author, and your supervisors come after that. However, sometimes things can get complicated. It could be that your supervisor had a lot of influence onContinue reading “Publications: Authorship and Credit”

Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph

Last week, Chris made the argument for the Thesis by Publication route. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to do a monograph. My PhD continued the research from my Masters degree The research I had done in my Masters of Research degree was the beginning of a big project. I was developingContinue reading “Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph”

Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Publication

The Discussion Alessa and I are going to tag team this topic. My thesis was by publication, while Alessa’s was a monograph. For each of us, the decision came for different reasons. In the end, we each chose the most appropriate format for our specific projects. This week and next we wanted to share ourContinue reading “Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Publication”

Using Your Degree to Start a Business

“Everyone needs a good side hustle” I still remember hearing this at a conference I was at recently. It was surprising to hear this idea of having a side hustle – a business that effectively ran itself or which required minimal involvement. Something that brought in a bit of extra money. But how does oneContinue reading “Using Your Degree to Start a Business”

Advice for One Month into Your PhD

About a month ago Alessa wrote on advice for day one of your PhD. Today I want to talk about advice one month in. Things I wish past-me had known at this point in the journey. Turbulence is OK By this point you are one month into a journey that spans years. You don’t needContinue reading “Advice for One Month into Your PhD”

Advice for Day One of the PhD

It’s that time of the year when people in the Northern Hemisphere are starting their PhD programs. Here in the Southern Hemisphere people start at random times of the year. Nonetheless, I thought it might be time to write a blog post that outlines some advice I would have given myself on Day One ofContinue reading “Advice for Day One of the PhD”

My Experience Being Interviewed Part 1: We Found Someone With More Experience

This Series This is the start of a series of posts on working through difficulties in finding employment following your PhD. I have previously written about my personal experience with feeling like there was this gaping space between PhD and Post-Doc, I have also written about how academic jobs are advertised in diverse places. ButContinue reading “My Experience Being Interviewed Part 1: We Found Someone With More Experience”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page”

Well-Rounded Academic or Publishing Machine?

“Look at academics. Most of them have a 40/40/20 role. That is, they spend 40% of their time on research, 40% on teaching, and 20% on service. So, if you want an academic position after you graduate, try and develop your skills or get experience in all three areas.” When I started my PhD, thisContinue reading “Well-Rounded Academic or Publishing Machine?”