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A podcast for scientists, and the people who love them.

A podcast for scientists, and the people who love them.

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United States

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A podcast for scientists, and the people who love them.

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@HelloPhD

Language:

English


Episodes

148. Listener Mailbag: Contacting Prospective PIs, Supporting Friends, et al!

1/16/2021
Happy New Year to all our Hello PhD listeners! 2021 has already been… a lot. But we’re here to help. This week, we open the mailbag to answer your questions about graduate training and life in the lab. You Asked for It! Our first note came from Vibhatha, who found that a Science Writing Checklist […] The post 148. Listener Mailbag: Contacting Prospective PIs, Supporting Friends, et al! appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:39:55

147. 2020: A Year in Review

12/31/2020
It’s no stretch to say that 2020 was a hard year for almost everyone. It was marked by a global pandemic, social upheaval, and loss. The word ‘unprecedented’ lost all meaning around March, and we navigated uncharted waters for the remainder of the year. 2020 was rough, but now that it’s over, it’s time to […] The post 147. 2020: A Year in Review appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:42:11

029. Tenure Tracker: Choose a Mentor, Not a Lab w/ Natasha Snider, PhD (R)

12/15/2020
Choosing a lab for your graduate or postdoc research is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Most people read papers and abstracts to find the coolest science. Or they favor the big labs with lots of people and solid funding. But those features can distract you from the real secret of scientific success. Your Mentor Matters This […] The post 029. Tenure Tracker: Choose a Mentor, Not a Lab w/ Natasha Snider, PhD (R) appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:42:09

146. Ace Your Virtual Graduate School Interview w/ Dr. Beth Bowman

11/28/2020
The letters of recommendation have been submitted, and review committees have assembled. But while this graduate school application season may seem familiar, the next steps will be wildly different from past years. How will Universities conduct graduate school interviews during a pandemic? And what can applicants do to prepare for these unprecedented times? Virtual Interview […] The post 146. Ace Your Virtual Graduate School Interview w/ Dr. Beth Bowman appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:01:05:53

145. Ten Tips from Hindsight: A PhD’s guide to a PhD

11/16/2020
How many times have you said “I wish I had known!” or “Why didn’t they teach us this in school?” If you’re a graduate student, you’ve probably said it a lot. For some reason, from the moment you write your first application to the moment you get your hood and mortarboard, you’ll be re-learning what […] The post 145. Ten Tips from Hindsight: A PhD’s guide to a PhD appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:36:00

144. Finding a Career that Fits with Marlys Hanson

10/31/2020
Sarah had achieved her dream. With a PhD in Physics, she had accepted a new position as a Theoretical Physicist. But as the months wore on, she started to feel overwhelmed and depressed. She’d done well in school and enjoyed her classes – why couldn’t she focus on her work? Sean graduated with honors from […] The post 144. Finding a Career that Fits with Marlys Hanson appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:01:01:43

143. Mailbag: Clinical Experience, Fighting Impostor Syndrome, et al!

10/15/2020
This week, we dig into the mailbag to answer your questions! What’s in a Name? We start with an email from Tegner about what happens when your department changes its name before you even begin your trainining: I have recently been admitted and have accepted admission to a PhD program in “Immunology and Infectious Disease.” […] The post 143. Mailbag: Clinical Experience, Fighting Impostor Syndrome, et al! appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:38:47

142. Advancing Racial Equity in Science w/ Dr. Kenneth Gibbs

9/30/2020
When Dr. Kenneth Gibbs talks about diversity and inclusion in the sciences, it’s not just a cause célèbre. It’s personal. “For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Black man. A descendent from enslaved Africans here in America, so my family has been here for hundreds of years. That’s part of my […] The post 142. Advancing Racial Equity in Science w/ Dr. Kenneth Gibbs appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:57:40

141. Why We (Still) Podcast

9/16/2020
What makes two PhDs who escaped from grad school years ago want to revisit all the highs and lows of their training? Short answer: Beer! But the long answer: Grad school is no cakewalk – classes are challenging, experiments fail, and sometimes, PIs seem like they’re from another planet. We made it through one day at […] The post 141. Why We (Still) Podcast appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:47:47

140. Mailbag: Do I need more experience? Biology vs. biomedical. Et al!

8/31/2020
You keep sending questions, we keep answering them! Take My Advice In our last mailbag episode, we noted that ‘comprehensive exams’ or ‘prelims’ varied not only by University but even department to department in one school. We asked you for your experience, and wanted to share just one of those repsonses: My department (Computer Science […] The post 140. Mailbag: Do I need more experience? Biology vs. biomedical. Et al! appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:35:34

139. Back to School During a Pandemic

8/17/2020
In March 2020, the world shut down. International borders were sealed. Businesses shuttered. Schools locked their doors and students were sent home to learn ‘remotely.’ At the same time, many universities and research labs also closed down for the summer of COVID-19. While a few labs remained open as essential research continued, many scientists froze […] The post 139. Back to School During a Pandemic appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:01:03:56

138. Listener Mail: Changing Fields, Comprehensive Exams, et al!

7/28/2020
The mailbag is overflowing, and it’s time to answer YOUR questions. First up is Leslie, whose summer internship was cancelled by COVID. Now it’s not clear whether a fall application to grad school will be successful. Dear Josh and Dan, I am an undergrad at a small liberal arts college looking to apply to biomedical […] The post 138. Listener Mail: Changing Fields, Comprehensive Exams, et al! appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:43:42

137. Tools for Finding a Research Mentor

7/10/2020
There are two conflicting truths for many early-career graduate students: The mentor you choose is vitally important, and can impact your ability to complete a PhD and your career trajectory years into the future. Many students choose a mentor based on feelings, hunches, and hearsay. Truth 1 should be self-evident by now. A mentor trains […] The post 137. Tools for Finding a Research Mentor appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:51:41

136. Rebuilding an Inclusive Academia with Dr. Ashalla Freeman

6/29/2020
As protesters march in the streets, you’ll hear calls to “Defund” or “Disband the Police.” These advocates argue that tweaks and training programs will never be enough to meaningfully alter the course of modern police departments, some of which can trace their origins to slave patrols in the South. You simply can’t get there, from […] The post 136. Rebuilding an Inclusive Academia with Dr. Ashalla Freeman appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:51:43

134. Lessons from the Quarantine

5/29/2020
COVID-19 is a wildfire burning its way around the planet. Its impacts are devastating to nearly every aspect of our modern lives: loved ones lost, economies destroyed, and plans put on hold indefinitely. But like a fire, it’s also shedding light, illuminating the hidden corners of our society and our routines that we may not […] The post 134. Lessons from the Quarantine appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:55:41

133. Galileo and the Science Deniers – with Dr. Mario Livio

5/14/2020
Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei knelt before a group of Cardinals of the Catholic Church and was forced to recant his heretical belief that the Earth revolves around the sun. “This must have been horrific for him,” says Dr. Mario Livio, author of a new biography titled Galileo and the Science Deniers. “To basically […] The post 133. Galileo and the Science Deniers – with Dr. Mario Livio appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:01:02:50

132. Make a Plan to Repay Your Student Loan

4/29/2020
First, the good news: you’re not alone! About 1/3 of adults under age 30 carry some level of student loan debt. Unfortunately, if you’re earning a post-graduate degree, you may owe nearly twice as much as your friends who stopped with a Bachelor’s degree. This week on the show, we take a 360º look at […] The post 132. Make a Plan to Repay Your Student Loan appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:42:31

131. How to Host a Dissertation Defense On Zoom

4/15/2020
It’s finally here! The day you’ve been preparing for for the last five years! Your experiments are finished, papers published, and your dissertation has been typed, referenced, printed, and distributed. Now, it’s time to stand proudly before your committee and a room full of peers to defend your work and be dubbed a Doctor of […] The post 131. How to Host a Dissertation Defense On Zoom appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:46:42

130. Coronavirus, and Life Outside the Lab

3/30/2020
It has quickly become a new way of life – working from home, avoiding restaurants and gyms, and ‘social distancing’ from coworkers, friends, and even family. The upending of normal routines happened so quickly, and the days have become so blurred together, that it’s hard to keep track of just how long we’ve been confined […] The post 130. Coronavirus, and Life Outside the Lab appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:51:51

129. Grad School Rejection: Why it Happens and How to Get Accepted

3/13/2020
I feel a little disheartened because I’ve been rejected from many of the places I applied to and haven’t heard back from a number of others. Is it worth it to hold out hope for the ones that haven’t sent out updates? I have been rejected from 5 schools and am expecting 3 more rejections […] The post 129. Grad School Rejection: Why it Happens and How to Get Accepted appeared first on Hello PhD.

Duration:00:56:39