Grad Life

4 reasons workshops are better than coursework for grad students

Estimated reading time 13 mins (2576 words) I've just come back from my second and last bioinformatics workshop of the summer! From last Wednesday to Friday I spent 3 days in a row staring at a computer for 8-9 hours. You might be thinking "Well, isn't this what you usually do?" Touché. It is. But… Continue reading 4 reasons workshops are better than coursework for grad students

Grad Life

March is for Mammal Madness (and trash-talking and memes)

Estimated reading time: 4 mins  (647 words) The first time I asked what 'March Mammal Madness' was, the answer I got was: "You know, it's like March Madness, but with mammals" to which I eloquently replied: "What's a march madness?" Fast forward to me currently being well-versed in the US sports, allow me to explain… Continue reading March is for Mammal Madness (and trash-talking and memes)

Outreach

#WakandanSTEM: Teaching the evolution of skin color

Estimated reading time: 3 mins  (608 words) February has been a good month. I got featured on my friend Alexis' blog for her: 'Sully Asks A Scientist' series. My birthday brought me some major wardrobe upgrades (thanks to my partner's great taste): And, most importantly, I went to see Black Panther. TWICE. And it may have… Continue reading #WakandanSTEM: Teaching the evolution of skin color

Grad Life

A 5-step guide to passing your comprehensive exams in grad school

Estimated reading time: 22 mins (4349 words) One of the great joys of grad school is that exams are not just restricted to coursework. Nope, PhD students get to go through the fun of taking an exam that determines whether they actually get to stay in grad school. Yay! Since a few of my very… Continue reading A 5-step guide to passing your comprehensive exams in grad school

Science

How does hair get its color?

Estimated reading time: 7 mins (1295 words)   Have you ever gotten into a debate about someone's hair color? "Remember that blonde?" "Which blonde? You mean, Jessie? Her hair is light brown"  "No, it's clearly dark blonde"  "You need to get your eyes checked, that's light brown"  /end scene Same goes for dark brown to… Continue reading How does hair get its color?

Grad Life

Small conferences are great for graduate students. Especially, when they’re in Japan.

Estimated reading time: 7 mins (1289 words) I was at a conference in Kobe, Japan. And it was AWESOME! Funny thing is I only found out I was going to this conference about two weeks before it started. How did that happen? Well, I'm glad you asked... So, at the moment, I'm in the process… Continue reading Small conferences are great for graduate students. Especially, when they’re in Japan.

Outreach

How doing outreach can teach you what you have to offer the world

Estimated reading time 6 minutes (1049 words) Like many other grad students, I've been discouraged from doing outreach. "You should be working on something you can publish" "It's noble but it's not going to help your career" "You can do that later in your career" I never understood this attitude. If we're not communicating our… Continue reading How doing outreach can teach you what you have to offer the world