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Category: Grad School Advice

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How to write a scientific report

This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will … Read More How to write a scientific report

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Making mental health a priority

This article was originally published by Chemistry World, the official magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s a collection of interviews of scholars suffering from depression. The last interview is my story of doind reseach and struggling with mental health. Myself and Michelle Scire are the people in the featured picture The high rate of mental health problems in postgraduates needs an urgent … Read More Making mental health a priority

Collaboration with the Women in Tech

The Women in Tech, an America association that brings together successful female entrepreneurs asked me to cooperate with them and record a video-tutorial to promote women in science and tech. The first part covers the use of social media for personal branding and the second one focuses on my idea of a woman of success. I still feel overwhelmed by this collaboration. They always … Read More Collaboration with the Women in Tech

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Depression and anxiety due to academic life

“Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry” It sounds like you, right? You are no longer enjoying going to work, eventually throwing up on the street. You maybe experienced some panic attack while sampling, or wanted to smash your laboratory. You even thought that if you stayed at home for a couple of months, nobody would have noticed and/or given a shit. … Read More Depression and anxiety due to academic life

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Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

Cameron Kashani is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, the founder of COACCEL, the Human Accelerator, and the co-founder of Coloft, the first co-working space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs. She was featured in Forbes and other magazines as one of the most inspirational women in technology. She earned the title of Godmother of the Silicon Beach, and her enterprise, COACCEL, trained more than 4000 Entrepreneurs and 700 … Read More Interview with the Godmother of the Silicon Beach: Cam Kashani

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Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD

Long a while ago a wrote two articles which were the manifesto of my PhD advocacy commitment: The first one life beyond PhD, the other one about transferable skills gained during a PhD. I will explore this topic a bit more today. I am fortunate enough to be part of a PhD programme designed in partnership with industries. Part of my PhD is also … Read More Why it is important to acquire transferable skills. Life beyond PhD

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PhD and anxiety – Part 2

A while ago, I wrote an article about PhD and mental health issues starting the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone. The outcome was impressive. The article went viral and got around 3500 views. I got so many feedback from people grateful that I shared my experience and came up with solutions. Back then, I encouraged students to seek professional advice and talk to a counsellor. Many universities … Read More PhD and anxiety – Part 2

How do we encourage more women into STEM?

This article has also ben publish by the female scientist association. A recent report published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Diversity Landscape of the Chemical Science, put together some of the available evidence about the current state of diversity in the chemical sciences, with the particular focus on the United Kingdom. Specifically, three different parameters were taken into account: gender, disability and minority … Read More How do we encourage more women into STEM?

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PhD Life – How to make an outstanding academic presentation

Conference season is coming soon and you are might be wondering whether to apply for one. When I started my PhD, my supervisor told me that one of the criteria to have a successful PhD is the presentation of your work at academic conferences. To be more precise, what you should need is attendance at three conferences and you must have done at least … Read More PhD Life – How to make an outstanding academic presentation

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PhD to success – Paolo Barucca – physicist and science communicator

After my previous articles on the importance of science communication and how to distinguish a reliable and unreliable scientific news, I decided to go back to my interviews and talk about my friend Paolo Barucca. Paolo is a researcher in physics and a science communicator. He created a website, La Scienza Coatta, The Coarse Science, where he tells stories about scientists in the language … Read More PhD to success – Paolo Barucca – physicist and science communicator

Happy International Day of Women in Science.

11th of February is The International Day of Women and Girls in Science!!! It is a very special day of the year celebrating Women who dedicated their lives, time, passions or hobbies into Science! Historically, without many many many intelligent Women our mankind wouldn’t be the same as it is now! Today, Ladies with beautiful […] via Top 9 Women-Led SciComm Blogs! — Be a … Read More Happy International Day of Women in Science.

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Phd to success 3.0 – Colm Ryan

How to make a success out of your PhD? This is a big question and probably no one knows the answer. Success is a personal achievement based on what are your expectations and goals: getting a lectureship, working for a big corporate or setting up their own business. There is definitely someone who made a huge success out of his PhD and postdoc and, … Read More Phd to success 3.0 – Colm Ryan