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Category: PhD Advocacy

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Professional Business Networking as An Introvert.

We have been always told to be chatty and engaging during business events, such as conferences, meetings, job fairs. But how do you do it when you are a shy person, probably cracking with anxiety, or you are an inexperienced young researcher among loads of seasoned scientists? I might come across as a confident person, but really, I am not. I have been suffering … Read More Professional Business Networking as An Introvert.

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Join me in the November self-care challenge

This is the time of the year when the vast majority of grad students start a self-analysis on what’s been over the year. 2018 is almost gone, Christmas decorations are round the corner but we aren’t quite there yet, daylight is a privilege the Northen European countries. So what’s the best time of the year to start a self-care challenge and make it a … Read More Join me in the November self-care challenge

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Self-care in GradSchool – Ideas for the WeekEnd

How do you make sure to take care for yourself while doing a PhD? Some students are so overwhelmed with research, teaching, supervising that the only moment they can totally dedicate to their research is the weekend. Most of them work outside the working hours, after 6pm almost every day and forget to eat well, exercise, relax or enjoying time with their friends.

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The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group

The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group. How to choose your supervisor? This is really something is whish someone would have told me before starting this PhD. My PhD is quite different from any other programme most people are enrolled. I was hired by the University, but I didn’t have a supervisor. The first semester was a master … Read More The most important choice of your PhD – Choosing your PI and group

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Is science for everyone and accessible to everyone?

The other days, we all celebrated the Nobel prizes in medicine, chemistry and physics. Many of us were really happy to see different faces, female ones, rather than those we are used to seeing any time, white old men. In the broad scheme of science, women, people of colour and any other minority are underrepresented. This is why we don’t tend to see these … Read More Is science for everyone and accessible to everyone?

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Creative ways of making money as a grad student.

I recently attended the STEM Festival in Peterbourg, a small town located a bit norther than London. The event aimed at showcasing science and technology to kids ages 7 to 12. The festival was a chance to meet up with some of the amazing girls that use social media to do science communication. Emily is a first year PhD student at the University of … Read More Creative ways of making money as a grad student.

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How to apply for a PhD programme in UK

September has been an intense month both on PhD and personal life. I recently gave a presentation on my research and it was the first time that I did it. It was quite an experience. I was a lot under pressure to show everyone that besides the social media, I actually do good science too. Many people ask me about my PhD and what … Read More How to apply for a PhD programme in UK

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How to deal with anxiety in grad school

I have been asked to talk about the way I deal with anxiety in grad school. Since this is a problem affecting many students, I think it’s worth sharing my experience and help others who struggle during their PhD. Constant deadlines, oral presentations, journal clubs, poster presentation, financial difficulties, teaching, demonstrating in the undergrad labs, keeping up with the literature, doing experiments, analysing data, … Read More How to deal with anxiety in grad school

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Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

Last year, with the aim to promote myself professionally, I decided to turn this website in a diary of my PhD experience and tell about the good and the bad of this journey. I started sharing my blog post about life beyond PhD and marketing yourself on LinkedIn, Facebook student groups and Twitter with a modest response. I struggled a lot to find my … Read More Myself and socialmedia – An investment for the future

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How to be an international student – PhD life

As many of you know, I am an Italian student in UK. I did my undergrad and master in Italy and moved in the UK in 2015. I have been living here for almost 3 years now and I am approaching the last year of my PhD. Hopefully, I will graduate next year and I will have got my 3rd degree and reached the … Read More How to be an international student – PhD life

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A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

If you follow me for a while, you might know already that one of the section of my blog is dedicated to interviewing people inside and outside academia that made their own success from scratch. Please look at the section Interview to Success to check the previous articles. Today, I want to use this space to talk about Anna Zakrisson, a scientist who made her career … Read More A career in science communication – Anna Zakrisson

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How to write a literature review

AIf you follow me and my PhD adventures, you might know already that I have just passed the exam for the second year of my PhD. Back in June, I submitted a written report and had to discuss it a few days ago to confirmed that I did do all the work and test my general knowledge of chemistry. I rocked it and I … Read More How to write a literature review