It is mental health awareness month, and I feel that I should be saying something about it. I am raising my voice. I hear you, you are not alone.… Read More Mental health awareness month. I am raising my voice. I am here. Talk to me. Talk to someone.
Let’s be honest. Life in academia can be tough. I am not talking about the long hours, the uncertainty, experiments that do not work. I am not talking about the frustration of lab equipment that does not want to cooperate, or the way too common rejections. All these challenges and difficulties are part of the… Read More How to make the most of difficult people at work
“Social distancing” has become the term of art for the public contribution to the fight against the pandemic. PhD candidates are no stranger to a world with little physical interactions. Here is a little insight from our blog into staying connected despite the physical distancing. … Read More Connected despite the distance
With our current situation, people have primarily been worried about their physical health. We check up on each other to see how we are doing and our gut reaction is to report our current physical situation. Do I have cough? Colds? Fever? Diarrhea? Any respiratory problems? But there is another important thing that we need to keep in check – our mental health.… Read More Take care of your mental health
Cutlery cluttering, excited voices, and intertwining conversation – the familiar pulse of a conference mingle. I was chatting with current and aspiring graduate students when I suddenly heard the dreaded advice: “Expect you will suffer during your PhD, I definitely did”. My skin crawled and I rushed to correct “No, you should not accept suffering… Read More You should not suffer during your PhD!
We need a counter-narrative to the traditional view of a supervisor’s role as merely making sure research group members complete their projects on time with enough funding. We may even need to re-think some common expressions in academia such as “to be a leader in the field”, which is more commonly related to scientific production… Read More Leadership in academia