The light at the end of the PhD tunnel

A Bright Christmas #15. Life goes on, even during the pandemic. In 2020 the world welcomed approximately 300 new researchers graduating from the doctoral program at Karolinska Institutet. In this podcast you will hear the questions a “PhD-soon-to-be”, Yildiz Kelahmetoglu, has for two “new PhDs” Oksana Goroshchuk and Joanne Bakker, who defended their PhD thesis… Read More The light at the end of the PhD tunnel

Questions – my conference nightmare

Conferences are the gala shows of our science, but not all of us are born showmen/women. For some of us this highlight of the academic year can instead be nightmare. We can be haunted by presenting in front of people or endless networking. Yet those were not my fears. I was most scared of the last three minutes of my presentation time – the time to answer audience questions.… Read More Questions – my conference nightmare

Applying for PhD defense at Karolinska Institutet

So you are nearing the end of your PhD at KI, and need to start planning and applying for defense. Maybe you are in a group that has done this process 50 times, in which case you might not need this help. However, when I found myself at the time that I needed to apply for defense, I realized I am the first PhD student in my group, and so navigating the application process included a bit of “figuring things out”. Some things are clear and well documented, others are rather mysterious. None of it is hard, but around this period we are usually freaking out, so even small hurdles can cause stress, and it’s really not needed when someone can just tell you how it works. Now that all the application stuff is over, I’ve had multiple fellow-PhD-defenders contact me to clarify things. So, I figured there are probably more of us out there, freaking out about the ins and outs of the application process, and I decided it could be useful to write a guide based on my own experience. Additionally, I’ve also been a student representative in the dissertation committee (the ones you send your application to), and I think it will be helpful for both you and the committee if you have an idea of how it all works. So, here we go!… Read More Applying for PhD defense at Karolinska Institutet