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

Don’t let language stop you! The advantages of doing qualitative research in a foreign language

The prospect of following post-graduate studies abroad is attractive. Many universities offer doctoral positions to international students and collaborations between universities are common. Post-graduates with international experience increase their employability since they are highly valued, especially when coming from a prestigious university. Besides, to follow doctoral studies abroad comes with the opportunity to expand our… Read More Don’t let language stop you! The advantages of doing qualitative research in a foreign language

Science communication career series: “INTERN-ING” HER CAREER AROUND

As a communications officer at Uppsala Monitoring Centre, Federica Santoro is an editor, a social media manager and a podcast producer. She also is the sole scientist in a team of communicators. The job is very diverse, including anything from reading and understanding scientific articles to marketing and PR, from purely administrative tasks to creative… Read More Science communication career series: “INTERN-ING” HER CAREER AROUND

Science communication career series: WRITING HER OWN CAREER PATH

As a medical writer, Maria Norberg writes scientific publications, abstracts and posters for scientific congresses as well as clinical study protocols, investigation plans and study reports; documents necessary for running and documenting clinical trials. Most of the work is independent and spent in front of the computer and a love for writing is a major… Read More Science communication career series: WRITING HER OWN CAREER PATH