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The Recipe for Sweet PhD Success - Part 2

The Recipe for Sweet PhD Success - Part 2

There’s no sugar-coating it. A PhD is a big commitment that requires patience, determination, and an appetite for success! In the second of her brilliant two-part series, Dr Noelia D Falcon of the University of East Anglia shares her recipe for the perfect PhD experience.

By Dr Noelia D Falcon, University of East Anglia
Views: 1765
The Recipe for Sweet PhD Success - Part 1

The Recipe for Sweet PhD Success - Part 1

A PhD is no piece of cake, yet if you add the right ingredients at the right times, you might just whip up something truly satisfying! In the first of a two-part series, Dr Noelia D Falcon of the University of East Anglia shares her recipe for PhD success!

By Dr Noelia D Falcon, University of East Anglia
Views: 5997
Work Hard, Play Hard: Finding A Healthy Balance as a Scientist

Work Hard, Play Hard: Finding A Healthy Balance as a Scientist

Many scientists struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance and it can feel like a mission impossible. In this guest blog, Bregje Christiaenssen of the University of Antwerp shares some useful tips to help you maintain the right balance while having some fun along the way!

By Bregje Christiaenssen, University of Antwerp
Views: 1781
Creating the Perfect Science TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

Creating the Perfect Science TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

What makes a successful science team? Diversity, strong leadership, a shared mindset, and a good support system are just some of the vital ingredients explored by Romi Vandoren of the University of Antwerp, as she uncovers the secrets of effective teamwork for scientists.

By Romi Vandoren, University of Antwerp
Views: 5122
Graduate School Funding: Advice for Science Students

Graduate School Funding: Advice for Science Students

Graduate school is a dream and aspiration for many science students, but the application process for financial support can be time-consuming and complicated. Vanessa Mwebaza Muwanga, a PhD candidate in Clinical Science & Immunology at the University of Cape Town shares valuable advice on research, planning and mindset to help maximise your chances of submitting a successful funding application.

By Vanessa Mwebaza Muwanga, University of Cape Town
Views: 1057
Under Pressure: Breaking Free from the Stress of Your PhD

Under Pressure: Breaking Free from the Stress of Your PhD

The pressure of a PhD can be all-consuming. As your thesis deadline looms, it’s easy to buckle under the strain of anxiety, imposter syndrome and outright exhaustion. Dr Noelia D Falcon, a senior research associate at the University of East Anglia, shares her experiences of coping with PhD pressure, and speaks openly about dealing with a period of grief during one of the most stressful times in her life.

By Dr Noelia D Falcon, University of East Anglia
Views: 6474
Navigating the PhD to Postdoc Transition

Navigating the PhD to Postdoc Transition

The transition from PhD to postdoc can be a tricky one. To navigate the process smoothly it’s essential to make decisions and start planning as early as you can. Dr Heema Kumari Nilesh Vyas of the University of Sydney shares her PhD to postdoc story and offers 5 top tips to help make your transition as stress-free as possible.

By Dr Heema Kumari Nilesh Vyas, University of Sydney
Views: 3248
Wifi Troubles: my online science work placement

Wifi Troubles: my online science work placement

Thinking of doing a remote science work placement? Second year undergrad Zelia Almeida Bridges shares the highs and lows of an online work experience project along with her advice for supervisors and students alike…

By Zelia Almeida Bridges, St George's University of London
Views: 906
Parenting and a Science Career: Perspectives of a Mother in Academia

Parenting and a Science Career: Perspectives of a Mother in Academia

Is there ever a ‘good time’ to become a parent? Starting a family while pursuing a career in science can be a real balancing act, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be impossible. Behavioural neuroscientist Dr. Justyna Hinchcliffe of the University of Bristol shares her advice, tips for funding and experiences of juggling parenthood whilst pursuing a career in academia...

By Dr. Justyna Hinchcliffe, University of Bristol
Views: 6295
Unprecedented: The Story of a Lockdown Viva (Dissertation Defense)

Unprecedented: The Story of a Lockdown Viva (Dissertation Defense)

Defending your doctoral thesis can be a daunting prospect at any time, but doing it via video call is another challenge altogether! Dr. Harry Potter of the University of Edinburgh shares the story of his lockdown PhD defense, and considers the pros and cons of a virtual viva...

By Dr. Harry Potter, University of Edinburgh
Views: 5821