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

“Freedom comes with responsibility” – Career path of Qiaolin Deng

It’s a gloomy February afternoon when I head towards Biomedicum cafeteria to meet Qiaolin Deng. As much as I feel tired with the short days and lack of sunshine I am soon to be positively charged with the energy that beams from my interviewee. Qiaolin greets me with a warm smile and sparkling eyes. It’s a very exciting time in her career.… Read More “Freedom comes with responsibility” – Career path of Qiaolin Deng

“Always look for solutions” – career path of Sally Abdelmoaty

I got my first glimpse of Sally Abdelmoaty in 2015 when I started my PhD in the lab where she was doing her post doc. I didn’t need much time to realize she has the qualities of a successful person – self-confidence, integrity, willingness to learn and most important – optimism. These exact traits allowed her to efficiently juggle research, family responsibilities and self-development activities outside academia that led her to her present job as project coordinator at Kancera AB. This interview gave me the opportunity to ask her about her reflections on the successful transition she made from academia to industry.… Read More “Always look for solutions” – career path of Sally Abdelmoaty

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