How to be the ‘star PhD student’ – when you are an introvert

Do you identify as 'introvert'? Many PhD students do. If you are less comfortable with social spaces, the networking part of academia might be painful. To tell you the truth, I don't really buy the 'introvert/extrovert' spectrum as I don't identify as either. I'm always uncomfortable with such absolute descriptions as people are very complex, … Continue reading How to be the ‘star PhD student’ – when you are an introvert

Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

Interdisciplinary research. So hot right now... or is it? To be clear - I'm a super fan of interdisciplinary work. I'm happily 'post-disciplinary' myself. My PhD was interdisciplinary, and my current job is transdisciplinary. I work with all kinds of research students, from physics to fine art; education to chemistry, I embrace you all! While … Continue reading Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

The dreaded doctoral defense

An oral defence, or Viva, is common in the UK, Europe, NZ. The viva is less common in Australia.  Most Australian students will do a final presentation before the PhD, but many universities are currently discussing how to introduce a defence as part of the examination process, so we can expect a defence of some … Continue reading The dreaded doctoral defense

Help – I’m drowning in my own notes!

One of the delightful things about blogging is letters from readers; an endless source of delightful validation and sometimes, interesting problems to try to solve. This letter is a case in point. Dora, a reader from Croatia writes: The situation I find myself in is, I think, one that all researchers have found themselves in... … Continue reading Help – I’m drowning in my own notes!