The Science PhD Survival Pack
Undertaking a science PhD is no easy feat. But help is at hand! Whether you are writing up your dissertation, struggling in the lab, or a new PhD student, we have lots of resources to support you on a whole range of PhD-related topics - everything you need to survive what may be one the toughest (and rewarding) periods in your life!
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Help with all things PhD!
Thanks to some amazing guest authors and a dedicated team at Hello Bio, we have some great resources to help, wherever you are in your PhD journey. New resources are being added all the time and you can see them all here. Take a look below at some of our most popular articles:
For New PhD Students
During Your PhD
- The Recipe for Sweet PhD Success: Part 1
- Under Pressure: Breaking Free from the Stress of Your PhD
- Maintaining PhD Productivity: Tips for Mindset and Organisation
- The Most Common PhD Problems and How to Get Past Them
- My PI & I: What Makes A Good Student-Supervisor Relationship?
- Undertaking a PhD in an International Lab
- Interviews with Scientists: advice from researchers
- The Life Scientists' Guide to Presenting at Conferences
- Your mental health and wellbeing
- LabLifeCon: a new annual virtual event to support early career scientists
Writing Up your Dissertation / Thesis
Defending your Dissertation (Viva)
- How to Excel in Your Doctoral Viva (Dissertation Defense)
- Surviving Your PhD Viva / Dissertation Defense
- Unprecedented: The Story of a Lockdown Viva (Dissertation Defense)
After Your Science PhD
- The Life Scientists' Guide to Applying for Postdocs
- Navigating the PhD to Postdoc Transition
- From PhD to Parliament: What I’ve Learned Since Finishing My Science PhD
- To Science, or Not To Science? Alternative Careers For PhDs
More General Support for Life Scientists
And if you are looking for more general help writing papers, presenting at conferences, networking or lots more, we have a huge range of articles covering lots of topics - just click below:
Apply for an Early Career Scientist Grant
Every month, we give away a $500 Early Career Scientist Grant (or the equivalent value depending on where you live) to a life scientist. This fund is available to any current life science post-graduate or post-doctoral researcher who has received their highest degree (BSc, MSc or PhD) within the past 10 years. The grant can be used for anything to help you further your scientific career and it's really quick and easy to apply - find out more here.
Our past winners have used the fund to attend conferences, purchase reagents and publish papers. What's more, every Early Career Scientist Grant winner has the opportunity to feature on our blog and social media channels if they want to!
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Finding That Perfect Product...
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- Enzyme inhibitors and activators
- Chemogenetic tools
- Ion channel modulators
- GPCR ligands
- Signaling tools
And finally, don't forget to check back in with our blog regularly for more PhD focused content! If there’s something you’d love to contribute to the community, whether that’s an interview or article, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org