Throwback Thursday

To my first year in grad school, with my fantastic research group. Fall 2008. Year and a half later, passing my oral comp exam to become a Ph.D. candidate. Spring 2010. And today, our current research group. Summer 2013. I’ve come a long way but tomorrow, I’ll share my graduate research as a confident, competent…

Defense Week

I quite literally cannot believe that it’s the week of my defense. Grad school has been my life for the past 5 years: failed experiments, successful experiments, a few explosions/fires in lab,¬†group meetings, biweekly research updates with my PI (principle investigator/aka my advisor), collaborations, conferences, presentations. When I joined grad school, I was horrified of…

Today’s announcement and tomorrow’s half marathon

Today is a big day. Today marks exactly two weeks until my defense.¬†Which, in department lingo, means that my committee needs to receive my finalized, completed thesis. And that they did! My thesis is officially in the hands of my 5 committee members. There’s no turning back. No more last minute revisions. It’s a done…

#3 and #8, Done and Done!

I was recently informed that my birthday is rapidly approaching. As in, in 4 days. I’m not sure when this happened, but apparently it is true. I am turning 27 on Sunday and I don’t feel a day past 22. Wasn’t I just 24? 25? 26? Aside from being so caught up in grad school…