Gregor Mendel says, “Bitch, Peas”! (courtesy of www.fragglesandfriggles.com)
OMG I need this
PhD student #1: “How are you? How are things going?”
PhD student #2: “Awesome! Things are great. I presented at this super prestigious conference last week. I’m also finishing up this very important article that will totally be accepted by a well-known journal. I have four grant applications on the go, writing them is so much fun, I am totally going to win at least half of them, because why wouldn’t I? I’m special. I met so and so at some swanky and totally exclusive event (you obviously weren’t there) and now I basically have a job lined up post-completion, never mind that like, no university is really hiring full-time tenured positions in abundance anymore. Teaching is going so well, my students love me and I definitely know each and every one of their names. Oh, and I definitely got hired on that fancy project everyone wants a piece of even though it pays practically nothing and it will totally delay my own research and my own completion. I’m super busy and important! Everything’s good!”
How come in academia how you are doing is measured by how much you have accomplished/how busy you are?
How come in academia talking about feelings, emotions, how you are actually doing (I’m scared. I’m afraid. This is really hard. I’m struggling. I feel depressed. I can’t do this. I feel so alone. I’m isolated. This isn’t fun.) is like some taboo subject no one wants to touch?
Not talking about real experiences and struggles creates a toxic culture of fear and shame in academic environments.
Everyone walking around pretending everything is sunshine and rainbows, that no struggle exists, that things are not just easy, but AWESOME, creates an environment in which when you are actually really and truly struggling, you feel completely alone and isolated and like you are the only one who is feeling that way and therefore there is something wrong with you.
And it stigmatizes those who are brave enough to say “hey, this is hard and I need some help” as weak.
There is nothing wrong with you. You are not weak. Grad school is no fucking picnic. Those who claim otherwise are simply lying to you and themselves.
This is really important. Grad school is hard, really really hard and super isolating.
I feel like at best this will do nothing, and at worse he’ll end up with cancer from possible off target effects. Either way, it will be interesting.
Fever? - Go hang out in the cold room
Chills? - Work with the autoclave
Stuffed up sinuses? - Use the sonicator without headphones
Runny nose? - Kim wipes are even better than issues
Hi, sorry I didn’t get to answer this one right away, I’m so bad at checking my inbox on here!
That’s a really tough situation, but definitely flattering that you present yourself in such a way that they assume you are that knowledgable. You could gently remind them that you haven’t had some of the training they had, or suggest you figure it out together? I’ve accidentally done the some thing with our lab tech, asking her questions about genotyping my CRISPR mice without realizing that she doesn’t know much in that area and has not had worked with them before.
Alternatively, depending on where you are maybe you could arrange to either take a few classes or audit to learn some more background and techniques. I know my school allows staff and students from other programs to sit in on graduate classes or even take them, so if you tell your boss/PI that more knowledge is neccesary to improve your ability to do your job, he would probably allow it.
You are absolutely right! It’s weird to think about, but because of x-inactivation females are less homegenous genetically. Here are a few links that discuss this phenomenon.
As a grad student I can tell you that I have neither nice abdominal muscles or well working antibodies. Quite disappointing really
While it’s not uncommon to hear women lament about the plight of women in science, new research shows that there is a 2:1 preference for hiring women to tenure track positions!
“The underrepresentation of women in academic science is typically attributed, both in scientific literature and in the media, to sexist hiring. Here we report five hiring experiments in which faculty evaluated hypothetical female and male applicants, using systematically varied profiles disguising identical scholarship, for assistant professorships in biology, engineering, economics, and psychology. Contrary to prevailing assumptions, men and women faculty members from all four fields preferred female applicants 2:1 over identically qualified males with matching lifestyles (single, married, divorced), with the exception of male economists, who showed no gender preference. Comparing different lifestyles revealed that women preferred divorced mothers to married fathers and that men preferred mothers who took parental leaves to mothers who did not. Our findings, supported by real-world academic hiring data, suggest advantages for women launching academic science careers.“
Great read and super interesting!
Using the same mouse for two different experiments? I am sensing bigger problems…
Me, everytime I try ordering something new
Me this week
The first time you see nuclei,
Light up your ‘scope as you take some notes.
They leave tear drops everywhere, as I wail out in despair. You might think me rude but I simply just don’t care. I’d like to make myself believe, a doctorate won’t eat away at me, slowly. It’s hard to think that I’d rather write reports than fall asleep, my patience now is bursting at the seams…
As I fail my class.
I sort 10,00 flies
Just to assess their eyes
It’s time for me to go to sleep