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October 5, 2018

Welcome to the spotlight on the Secrets to Success in PhD. I had the great opportunity to attend a few career and industry focused panels this week (shout out to the SAHMRI Student Association for assembling a quality line up!). There seems to be a groundswell of student interest in exploring the industry side of science. I think this is a super exciting prospect for two main reasons: 1) As young scientists coming up, we aren’...

September 11, 2018

OMG YES I FINALLY MADE IT!!!! PhD thesis writing completed and submitted! Although I don’t think it has hit me yet, I feel relaxed and a sense of accomplishment… 

I must say the final submission process is a bit anticlimactic. You put so much effort into writing, editing, reviewing, printing, compiling and binding your thesis, by the time you get to the university graduate centre you're ready for a fanfare and confetti... but a...

April 26, 2018

Welcome to the spotlight on the Secrets to Success in PhD. This is a supplementary post to the previous Networking in Science article (read here) with a digital media twist.

Social media has become such an integral concept in our lives for keeping personal connections and interactions with people we know or have newly met. But what about in a professional sense, does “social media: networking apply? I thought this was quite a c...

March 14, 2018

Welcome to the spotlight on PhD realities. This post is inspired by a recent discussion I had with Lauren regarding the recent trend and initiatives of implementing a more entrepreneurial culture in science. The thought stems from a prior discussion we had had on biotechnology startups. Nature versus nurture; do you think that an entrepreneur is someone who is born, or can anyone can become one?

“Everybody’s an entrepreneur now...

January 18, 2018

Welcome to the spotlight on the Secrets to Success. I wanted to share a post on psychological burnout Ive been thinking about since the end of last year after watching this great video from one of my favourites speakers Vinh Giang (former SA boy doing it big in LA). In the lead up to my first international conference in December I was relentlessly working thinking I was producing at maximum capability. However, when I watched...

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year friends and readers! Wishing you a great year in 2018!

The start of a new year presents an opportunity to take on the year with a clean slate and fresh list of goals! Its a great opportunity to take action on something we have been planning on doing for a while. What are your resolutions this year? Remember "new year, new me" is more than just a mantra to say in January and revert back to our known comfortable wa...

August 13, 2017

Welcome to the spotlight on PhD realities. This post is inspired by a recent discussion I had with Lauren regarding the feeling of imposter syndrome as PhD students. Imposter syndrome (as defined from Wikipedia of course haha) "is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud”."

This was a surprising thought...

July 7, 2017

Welcome to the spotlight on The Secrets to Success. “The quality of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts." But what determines the quality of your thoughts?

“When all is said and done, if you can count all your true friends on one hand, you’re a lucky man.” When I was younger I never really believed hearing this quote, thinking that this guy was probably not very likeable… However, growing up you realise the world...

February 11, 2017

Welcome to the spotlight on PhD realities. This post is inspired by a recent discussion I had with Marie regarding the merits of networking for scientists. Funnily enough, we actually met at a biotechnology party/network event last year (haha).

As students, we usually prefer to work away on our specific projects and stay around our other academics in a similar field. However, in the current information/technological age, just d...

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year friends and readers! Wishing you a great year in 2017! 

"Try to avoid negative people and stay focused on your personal path to success. Remember there is no top, there's only what you want to achieve in this life time." So find what you're passionate about, and focus on what you can create.

May 2017 be your best year yet! A lot of exciting developments to come at Just BS, stay tuned.

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