Gradualism or no Gradualism?

I have been thinking a lot lately about the PhD process and the timeline from the embryonic stage of a project to completion- the thesis. And at the same time the concepts of gradualism versus punctuated evolution keep popping into my head. So I thought there must be some juice to squeeze out of this analogy that presented itself to me.

Keeping the Awe!

Hi readers! I am back from blogging dormancy... Your girl was busy 'Phd-ing' et cetera, et cetera... ūüėÄ I was recently introspecting about ways in which I can boost my motivation to do my PhD, especially at the times when I feel down and uninspired. Of course setting research goals such as publishing can definitely … Continue reading Keeping the Awe!

Pre-Presentation pep talk

Hi readers! Since the last post a lot has happened! I went on holiday to Greece and moved into a new house when I got back.¬† Also, some good news- I'm now part of the Science Innovation Union as their Editor in Chief. The SIU was founded in Oxford and has already expanded to London, … Continue reading Pre-Presentation pep talk

Demanding Attention : Tiny Scientist with Voice.

Hello Readers! I've had a few busy weeks recently and fell behind on my blog posts. I'm in the process of packing my things to move to self storage as the tenancy at my current flat is approaching the end. There are a few days in between moving out and moving into the new place, … Continue reading Demanding Attention : Tiny Scientist with Voice.

Overcoming Instrument Stress

One bad experience with a scientific instrument can make it a stressful experience using it every time afterwards. That summarizes my relationship with a particular microscope in my department. This ¬†transmission electron microscope (TEM) requires a slow, steady and cautious sample input/output procedure. During one training session, I'd been warned that poor handling of the … Continue reading Overcoming Instrument Stress

Digging for information- PhD reading

First things first, you are probably wondering why there's a pug digging into the sand at the beach in this article's feature image. The dog's actions are a metaphor for my PhD reading and the background beach is... just a calm setting that invokes peaceful emotions that counter the other PhD induced existential crisis feelings … Continue reading Digging for information- PhD reading

A little writing motivation- a brief,brief history of scientific publication

I'm doing some writing for a literature review this summer and I know around this time many other science students or researchers are also busy writing away.... so this post is for us all. Here's a brief history on science publishing to give you some perspective on your scientific writing work ahead. 5 January 1665- … Continue reading A little writing motivation- a brief,brief history of scientific publication

Taking a short break… but is it a mental break?

Sometimes in the office I feel the need for a break from science. But what does that even mean? ¬†A break from standing on my feet in the lab? Yes. A break from reading scientific papers and analyzing data? Yes. A break should just be a physical and mental unwinding shouldn't it; to rest my … Continue reading Taking a short break… but is it a mental break?