When I was an undergrad, I swore that I would never work with animals. A few years later, and I am working with mice almost daily. Although I never planned on working with mic, I’m glad that I chose to join a lab that does some behavioral experiments. How do you know working with animals is… Read More Is behavioral work right for you?
Y’all–you know that I never stay in hotels. I didn’t grow up traveling, and never really stayed in a hotel until I began interviewing for graduate school. One of the amazing things about science is that every now and then you will get to travel to an exciting new city and get to know the… Read More Best hotels in Los Angeles: Meyer & Renee Luskin Center
The colors are changing, the leaves are falling, and pretty soon snow will come! Around this time every year (sometimes a bit earlier), the USMC hosts a family day. This year, we went to Eckert’s Farm and my baby fever was going haywire! All of the tiny babies on tiny pumpkins! Granted, the farm was 4.5… Read More It’s fall, y’all.
This past week, I took my qualifying exam. What is a qualifying exam? The first year of graduate school, you spend a majority of the time taking required coursework within your discipline (tons of neuroscience-related classes for me, for example), and rotating between labs to see which is the best fit. The second year of… Read More Qualifying exam: the journey into candidacy
End of graduate school year 2: Where has the time gone? It is the end of my 2nd year in graduate school, and in a few days I will take my qualifying exam. A few days after that, I will begin graduate level classes again, and the time will keep ticking away. Experiments are planned, writing… Read More Recap: Graduate School Year 2
Can you separate your work life from your home life? Is it possible to have a work-life balance, especially as a researcher? From my experience, the answer is yes, but it can get difficult. Undoubtedly, you will go home and think about work. There is no way around it. And you will probably think about your family/home life… Read More Work-life balance: Building boundaries in academia
Do you want to improve your science writing skills? In science (& most fields), one of the most important skills involves communication. Writing succinctly, and clearly, is key to having a conversation with your audience. The better they understand your ideas, the easier it will be for you to “sell” your work. Whether it’s an essay, a… Read More How to improve science writing skills
Do STEM fields care about black/brown lives? As scientists, do we talk about racism, sexism, homophobia at all? Or are we invisible, even in academia? I recently wrote about the Pulse shootings in Orlando, FL, and how the attack on the LGBT community tore me apart. I spent a lot of days mourning over the… Read More Do #blacklivesmatter in STEM?
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated Independence Day by sleeping in, eating home-made lasagna, and buying some much-needed jeans from American Eagle. I typically get my denim from Target, but I’ve found that the quality of clothes has really deteriorated. I usually love walking into Target and grabbing a cute shirt/dress/pair of jeans as I grocery shop, but… Read More Fourth of July: Weekend Writing
Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you went into work over the weekend, tried to catch up on reading new publications in your field, and were too tired to treat yourself to a much-needed haircut/manicure/nap. Or was that just me? Being in a STEM-related field can get tiresome, and it can also get lonely. For example,… Read More Practicing self-care in science