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Stonehenge, Bath, Theater

Gambling, Politics, and Fashion? Join us on the last leg of our adventure through London as we visit the famous Stonehenge, explore natural hot waters in the town of Bath, and are left in awe by the immense culture and love for theater in the area. #Travel #Theater #London #Opera #Bath #Stonehenge

Duration: 00:42:03

#SafeAtWork with GWIS

Sexual violence is an enduring problem in academia, and graduate student women are especially susceptible to this abuse. The Graduate Women In STEM (GWIS)at UMass have been fighting to change this atmosphere in academia, even before social media was taken up by the #metoo. They worked to put together a #SafeAtWork campaign as a call to arms encouraging graduate women to center their basic right which they deserve and which Title IX protects: the right to be safe at work. Join us as we chat...

Duration: 01:17:20

EP16: Lost in London

Join us as we continue our travels through London experiencing all the sights, smells, and tastes this place has to offer!

Duration: 00:50:18

EP15: Raising a Family & Getting Tenure with Prof. Ryan Shenvi

EP15: Raising a Family & Getting Tenure with Prof. Ryan Shenvi by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 01:15:21

EP14: A Trek in London - Part 1: Leake Street Tunnel

EP14: A Trek in London - Part 1: Leake Street Tunnel by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 00:49:10

EP13: Student or Employee? Supervisor or Mentor? - Interview with UMass Graduate Student Union

Are graduate students employees or students? Are PIs supervisors or mentors? Join the PhD Trekkers' discussion on this delicate issue central to our career development. Topics include the graduate student-PI relationships & power dynamics; the grey area where graduate school functions both like a startup company & like a traditional higher education program, and the various underlying graduate student health issues behind this establishment. We also discuss potential solutions from both...

Duration: 01:00:12

Not A Straight Journey - Interviewing with Carolyn Anderson

Tune in to listen to Mari's interview with Carolyn, a first year graduate student on her nonlinear path towards a #PhD in #science from Cellos to Soils. Getting a Ph.D. is never really a straight path as everyone seems to make it seem. Learn tips on how to navigate the #academic world, finding opportunities and your way through life despite what others may be telling you or think.

Duration: 00:53:11

EP12: Quarter Life Crisis

EP12: Quarter Life Crisis by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 00:49:21

EP10: Fellowship Writing 101 - Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact

Looking to apply for academic funding and fellowships? Join the PhD Trekkers where we unpack some basic fellowship application do's and don'ts. Tune in for some advice on constructing your research proposal & personal statements, on the reviewing criteria such as Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact and what they encompasses, and the application revision/reviewing process. Other topics include some insider tips from Professors who have personally served on the fellowship reviewing panel and...

Duration: 00:59:08

EP9: Insider Tips on Graduate School Social Dynamics

EP9: Insider Tips on Graduate School Social Dynamics by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 00:45:59

EP8: Surviving and Thriving in Academia - Interview with Assistant Prof. Keary Engle

Are you interested in a career in academia? Tune in for this episode of PhD Trekkers where Yan interviews Keary Engle, an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the Scripps Research Institute. Keary discusses his career journey, his approach toward research, mentoring, education, outreach, and how he navigates some of the unique challenges of being an Assistant Professor. Keary also offers advice to other young scientists on maintaining work/life balance, identifying research...

Duration: 01:13:46

EP7: You Are What You Eat - A Graduate Student's Path Towards a Healthy LifeStyle

Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet are especially important for graduate students given our long working hours in the lab, high stress/pressure, sleep deprivation, and even mental illnesses and depression. It's so easy for us to get burnt out and compromise our health. But grad school is a 5+yrs battle and in order to survive and succeed, we better start with our health! Join the PhD Trekkers on our approach towards living a healthy life in grad school!

Duration: 00:48:11

EP6: Unpacking the Black Box of Scientific Research

Join us on an episode where we start to unpack the meaning behind a word that is central in every Ph.D. student's life - research! What do we mean when we use this word and how do we go about breaking it down for those that aren't our coworkers? How does research look like across different disciplines and fields of science? How is research in the lab different from that of the everyday life? Let us know your thoughts on research and the scientific method! ^_^

Duration: 00:49:12

EP5: Teaching in Higher Ed - Alternative Tenure Tracks

Ever considered teaching in higher ed as a career path? PhD Trekkers Mari and Yan talks about Yan's recent eye-opening conversation with a tenured Professor in a community college, where she shares her fascinating life story, career trajectory, and the various uniquenesses and challenges of the community college setting. Tune in to learn more about the process of landing a teaching position and tenured track position, the nitty-gritty interview details and tips, the concept of a community...

Duration: 01:04:41

EP4: Trump Education Budget Cut - The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

In his recent federal budget proposal, Trump proposed the elimination of many pivotal educational programs across the K-12 and higher ed system. As beneficiaries of many of these programs throughout our educational training, we the PhD Trekkers, would like to share how these programs shaped who we are today and who we will become tomorrow. If you are a high school, college, graduate student, alumni, or even parents, please tune it to learn more about the various federal and state...

Duration: 00:53:00

EP3: Interview with Yan - Finding a Voice between Extroversion and Introversion

EP3: Interview with Yan - Finding a Voice between Extroversion and Introversion by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 01:10:05

EP2: Interview with Mari - From Urban Backyards to Soil Science Frontiers

EP2: Interview with Mari - From Urban Backyards to Soil Science Frontiers by PhD Trekkers

Duration: 01:38:56

EP1: Pilot - Why Podcast?

We are the PhD Trekkers aka graduate students pursuing a PhD in science. This podcast is our way of sharing our experiences and thoughts on science, graduate school, education, life journey, social and political discourse and the intersections of all the above categories. Please enjoy ^_^

Duration: 00:56:51