Category Archives: Grad School

Winding Down

Life has been hectic lately.  I was in the very fortunate position of traveling the country for job interviews and conferences while also putting the finishing touches on my dissertation.  While all of my data collection was completed on campus … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, dissertation, Grad School, Job Market

The Undergraduate Research Experience

As an undergraduate, I was given a fantastic research experience.  Beginning my first semester of freshman year, I worked with Dr. Dan Jones to do work with x-ray crystallography.  Dr. Jones was an incredible mentor of a caliber that I … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in dissertation, Grad School, inspiration, mentors, Students

10%

Today, with yet another 4-year-old in and out of the lab, I have completed 10% of my dissertation data collection.  This is certainly not the first large-scale project for which I have collected data, and it certainly will not be … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in dissertation, Grad School, Productivity, reflection

Hello from Zurich!

Hello all!  I am happy to check in from the Hotel St. Joseph in Zurich.  I have spent the last week on the whirlwind trip of a lifetime across Switzerland.  Across the span of a week, I explored Zurich, Lausanne, … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, engagement, GPP13, Grad School, reflection

Mentoring

This semester is, for me, a semester of mentoring.  I have mentored, and have been mentored, informally for a very long time now, but this semester I took on a number of more formal mentoring roles. The most drastic example … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Advice, Grad School, mentoring, Students

Dealing with Academic Setbacks

I’ll admit it.  I’m not perfect.  This is something that I think we, as academics and perhaps as human beings in general, have a hard time admitting.  But it’s the truth. We live in a competitive world.  Grant money is … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Grad School, reflection, setbacks, stress

Don’t Stop this Train

Sometimes I get so wound up with my short- and long-term goals in grad school that I forget that my personal life is moving forward as well.  This summer I was caught completely by surprise by a milestone that I had no idea I was approaching – I b… Continue reading

Posted in family, Grad School, Life, parenting

Don’t Stop this Train

Sometimes I get so wound up with my short- and long-term goals in grad school that I forget that my personal life is moving forward as well.  This summer I was caught completely by surprise by a milestone that I had no idea I was approaching – I b… Continue reading

Posted in family, Grad School, Life, parenting

Blogging in the Classroom

In the last week a couple of things have come up regarding the use of blogs in the classroom, and they’ve made me revisit my thoughts on the topic.  This week’s reflections came in large part thanks to one blog post, one TED talk, and one rubric.M… Continue reading

Posted in Academia, assignment, Blogging, Grad School, instruction, TED Talks, web presence

Blogging in the Classroom

In the last week a couple of things have come up regarding the use of blogs in the classroom, and they’ve made me revisit my thoughts on the topic.  This week’s reflections came in large part thanks to one blog post, one TED talk, and one rubric.M… Continue reading

Posted in Academia, assignment, Blogging, Grad School, instruction, TED Talks, web presence