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”

Research Programs vs Individual Studies

The Context Recently, there has been a bit of discussions in my circles about programmatic research and if this is something that we should be striving for as researchers. It got me thinking about what the purpose of programmatic research is and, ultimately, if this is something that we should be doing. Programmatic What? ProgrammaticContinue reading “Research Programs vs Individual Studies”

Hello 2021

Well, hasn’t 2021 started off well? COVID is still around, US politics is still in the limelight, and we are all still writing. Nevertheless, welcome back to another year! It will be a different year for our blog, but change is good. Some Tips to Prepare Your Year Now is a great time to revisitContinue reading “Hello 2021”

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”

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”

Planning Your Academic Year

This is possibly a little late (hello March) but I figure it’s better late than never. Year 1 as an undergrad I had a paper diary. Studiously, I would put due dates in at the beginning of the semester. During the week I would add important events to the following week (e.g., shifts at work,Continue reading “Planning Your Academic Year”