On Dealing with Failure

When PGR life is getting me particularly down, I curl up underneath a pile of blankets and escape into old movies. This time it was Wonderboys, where Michael Douglas plays an English professor who hasn’t published anything in years and is generally messing up all areas of his life. Surprising choice, eh? In the film, […]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: on Competition in Postgraduate Research

We are taught to compete from the very first day we enter an academic institution. Golden stars, class rankings, honours degrees, scholarships, and university status all contribute to our being primed for competition. The fact that the reward system in academia is largely based on a prestige-based publication system does not help, either. Additionally, we […]

Pitch Perfect: Winning the MVLS Science Den

What do you want to get out of your PhD? To prolong your student days before having to get serious in life, contribute something useful to your field, publish good papers, land that dream job… All valid reasons! But what if one day, you stumbled across something in your research that could actually solve a […]

Maximising Your Conference Experience

Academic conferences may not top most people’s Summer Perks list, but for PGRs the summer months are peak conference season. Maybe not be as relaxing as a holiday, but they almost always involve travel, adventure, and meeting cool new people; and if you’re hailing from Scotland like us, they will certainly be in a sunnier […]

How to Impress with Your Conference Research Poster

For many disciplines, conferences go hand-in-hand with poster presentations. Last week, as part of our Conference Success Series, I went over some pointers on How to Give a Winning Research Presentation. While many of the same principles apply to poster presentations, there are some unique aspects to keep in mind while you make your poster. […]

How to Give a Winning Research Presentation

With the annual progress review season starting, I thought I’d run over some pointers for a good research presentation. Mine was last week, and it won me an award, so I hope to be able to give you some winning tips! I’m sure you have some tricks of your own, too: let us know in […]

Starting Up: Entrepreneurship for PGRs

PGRs are passionate, self-motivated, independent thinkers, as well as project managers, decision makers, and hard workers that have the tenacity to get back up after failure until they achieve their desired results. Great attributes for being a good researcher, but I’d argue that they also make excellent entrepreneurs! The PhD journey is a road of […]