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”

The Relationship with Your Supervisor After Finishing

There Is No ‘Correct’ End The situation: You have just completed your degree. Your thesis has been submitted, it has been marked, you have just had your final meeting with your supervisor to talk over your thesis and say your goodbyes. Now what? There are lots of different possible outcomes at this point, and itContinue reading “The Relationship with Your Supervisor After Finishing”

One Year Post-PhD and COVID

It was around this time last year that I submitted my PhD. I still remember being given the ‘PhD Party Hat’ of my department to wear. I was told that every PhD student before me for the last 20 years or so out of my department had worn that hat and that it symbolised aContinue reading “One Year Post-PhD and COVID”

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”

My Experience Being Interviewed Part 5: Should I Take the Job?

The Recap Over the last few weeks I have written about my experiences in showcasing passion in interviews and job applications, how I prepared for academic interviews, dealing with the rejection of not having enough experience, and how I coped with an interview that went completely wrong. Today I want to talk about what happensContinue reading “My Experience Being Interviewed Part 5: Should I Take the Job?”

My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 3: Preparing for the Interview

The Recap So far I have shared my experience with receiving the ‘sorry, we found someone with more experience‘ rejections. I also have spoken about showcasing your passion in applications for work and how this translates to the interview room. But now I want to turn my attention to talk about that period between whenContinue reading “My Experience With Being Interviewed Part 3: Preparing for the Interview”