Ph.D. Project Management Hacking

By Rebecca Fleeman Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the myriad of projects, to do’s, and random thoughts floating around in your head? As graduate students, we often feel like circus performers, spinning plates on several rods all at once. We are constantly balancing our time and efforts between experiments, meetings, studying, communicating, applying for … Continue reading Ph.D. Project Management Hacking

The Challenge of Mental Health in Graduate School

By Bailey Keller and Angela Snyder Declining mental health among graduate students is a silent epidemic. According to a recent Nature survey of 6,300 PhD students worldwide, ~36% report seeking help for anxiety or depression due to their PhD studies1. Commonly cited reasons for the PhD environment contributing to poor mental health were bullying and … Continue reading The Challenge of Mental Health in Graduate School

When the Science Stops: A Series of Interviews

By Stephanie Baringer Photo Credit: Picpedia Are you curious about how different areas of science are handling the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders? We are trained that science never stops, but what happens when it does? Below are mini-interviews with researchers in four different areas of the scientific field: industry, government, medical affairs, and academia … Continue reading When the Science Stops: A Series of Interviews

The Art of Mastering Your Breaks

Photo Credit: OpenClipart By Indira Purushothaman Taking breaks in grad school often makes you feel like you’re falling behind. We give more attention to the life span and battery percentage of our devices than to ourselves. Taking breaks helps you recharge. Recent studies show that the average American works approximately 9.2 hours a day, often … Continue reading The Art of Mastering Your Breaks

“Just setting up my twttr”

By Raquel Buj, PhD (@BioYupi) Photo Credit: PxHere “just setting up my twttr”, was the first tweet in history and how Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, changed the world on March 21, 2006. Twitter has shaken the world by modifying how we interact, communicate, and consume news. Twitter attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists, … Continue reading “Just setting up my twttr”

The First Years’ Guide to Graduate School Rotations

Credit: imjaki from Pixabay To a first year graduate student, deciding what labs to rotate in may seem like a daunting task. When I joined the Penn State College of Medicine graduate program, I was faced with an overwhelming number of options and found it difficult to narrow down my top three lab choices. I … Continue reading The First Years’ Guide to Graduate School Rotations

How Fancy Labels Fool Us: The Neuroscience Behind Bias

By: Caitlin Millett, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for gift buying. With each passing season, finding the perfect gift for loved ones seems to become more and more difficult—a phenomenon not unrelated to the seemingly exponential growth in buying options each year. So … Continue reading How Fancy Labels Fool Us: The Neuroscience Behind Bias