Conference small talk – the definitive guide

This post was originally published on the All things Linguistic blog about a year ago by Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen started blogging as a linguistics grad student at McGill University, but is now a full-time pop linguist, bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public. She writes pop linguistics articles for various places and is currently writing a book about … Continue reading Conference small talk – the definitive guide

The academic handmaiden’s tale

Content warning - this post contains details and discussion of sexual assault and harassment. For more information and services, please visit the ANU Respectful relationships page. Yesterday we got a damning report on sexual harrassment and assault in Australian universities.  It's truly harrowing reading. I'm not going to recap the report, you should read it … Continue reading The academic handmaiden’s tale

The PhD – 30 years after…

This post is by Dr Randy Horwitz, who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He serves as the Medical Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and teaches medical students and see patients at the University Medical Center. “Wow. So I guess you’re not using your PhD, … Continue reading The PhD – 30 years after…

Making the most of your conference money

This post is by Dr Alexandra Hogan, a mathematical infectious disease modeller. She submitted her PhD thesis at the Research School of Population Health at ANU in November 2016. She is now working on models for malaria transmission at Imperial College London. For an academic, participating in conferences is important for lots of reasons: sharing research … Continue reading Making the most of your conference money

PhD Depression (or just the blues?)

While many people will suffer 'the blues' during the PhD, in some cases the problem is more serious and can lead to or trigger clinical depression. In those cases, all the practical advice in the world won't help and you need to seek medical attention. If you are worried about how you feel, and nothing … Continue reading PhD Depression (or just the blues?)

Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

This post is by Shifa Desai, a part-time PhD student at the University of Exeter in the UK. Shifa is doing research on self-initiated expatriate academics who have spent most of their careers working in different countries. She is also an ESL teacher, teetering on the edge of burn-out between full-time employment and part-time research. … Continue reading Seven spiritual lessons I’ve learned from doing a PhD

Getting Spiritual with it?

This post is by author, editor, writing coach, dissertation nurturer, and spiritual counselor, Dr Noelle Sterne, who has published over 300 writing craft, spiritual, and academic how-to articles and stories and essays in print and online venues. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Noelle assists doctoral candidates in completing their dissertations (finally). Her handbook addresses … Continue reading Getting Spiritual with it?

Be the mouse

All over Australia, new PhD candidates are starting their degree. Welcome! You might value this advice from Katy Williams who passed her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Durham in February this year. Katy Williams was born in America, raised all over the world, and studied at universities in England. Between 2011 and … Continue reading Be the mouse

Seasons greetings and some holiday reading!

Dear Readers, The summer/winter holidays are upon us and we have come to the end of yet another year of Thesis Whisperer posts! This year I published 50 posts, which have travelled far and wide. There have been 1.3 million views from 780,000 unique visitors, in addition to the weekly mail out to around 30,000 … Continue reading Seasons greetings and some holiday reading!