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Tag: phdlife

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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

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Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

In 1970, when women were seriously underrepresented in science and if you were a professor at the university, you’d be the only female academic in that department, 8 women gathered together to solve female issues as a group. The group didn’t only give professional but also personal support. After doing group for 25 years, the organiser Daniel decided to put this book together as … Read More Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

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I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

The Sunshine blog award is a peer-nominated award given to bloggers who write positive, creative and inspiring content. Amanda Coletti, founder of The Illuminated Brain nominated me and I will use this space to talk a bit more about me and my favourite blogs. My blog is closely related to my Instagram page @phd_to_success I am more active on IG as it takes less … Read More I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

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The IUPAC PostGrad Summer School in Green Chemistry

Recently, UNESCO stated that we NEED Green Chemistry to drive the change towards a more sustainable future. This is quite a strong statement and I will explain why this is the case.

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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

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Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I … Read More Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

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All the plastic-free items I bought

I hate plastic. It’s polluting our environment and destroying marine life. I recently wrote an article about Ooho, an edible and biodegradable membrane, which will hopefully substitute single-use plastic. I will now share a few items that I bought to improve sustainability and help the only planet we have to live and last longer. Here the list: (click the link to buy these items … Read More All the plastic-free items I bought

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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment. In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively.  To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, … Read More Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

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Collaboration with Stories in Science

The original version of this article can be found on the storiesinscience.org website. How my PhD Training is empowering me Story Key Points Keep an open mind about academia Seeking for non-traditional paths after graduation is not a failure Extra-curricular activities are not waste of time Growing up, I was fascinated by atoms, acids, bases, and basically any chemical reaction. I knew by the … Read More Collaboration with Stories in Science

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The role of vaccines in public health

This article has been written in collaboration with Susanna Park, she blogs at sujanee.com and you find her on Instagram @sujanee A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When we introduce it in our body, the immune system produces the right antibodies to fight it. The immune … Read More The role of vaccines in public health

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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