Last Friday I attended a conference called ReConEvent. It was all about “Publishing for Early Career Researchers – Immortalisation, Recognition and Metrics.” I know, I know, I’ll be a scientist my whole life but, coincidence of coincidences, last Friday was also the last day when I could technically call myself a researcher. Nevertheless, I had… Continue reading ReConEvent 2017
As usual, this month I’ve been going out of my way to try new things. It’s a habit I strongly recommend and I always enjoy looking back at the end of the month to see what I’ve been able to try. This month I’ve tried: 1. Graduating! Ok, technically I’ve graduated before, but… Continue reading New things I tried in June
Back in 2012, I graduated with my MSci in physics. In October of the same year, I started my PhD in physics. I completed my thesis in September 2016, passed my viva in December 2016, and handed in the final, bound, corrected and updated copy, along with all the paperwork, in January 2017. Perhaps expectedly,… Continue reading Graduation!
Today I’m attending a graduation ball*. It’s my second one. Last time I was graduating with my MSci in Physics and I knew basically the entire graduating class. This year, most of us who picked up MScis last time around are now collecting their PhDs. Seriously, most of them – although several went to other… Continue reading Grad ball outfit plans
As I’ve mentioned to a few people recently, the end of a PhD is a bit like the end of The Return of the King. Do you remember? I don’t think it was as obvious in the book, but in the film, there seemed to be about ten endings, one after another. Just when you… Continue reading Thesis corrections are in!
My viva (phd thesis defence/exam thing) was yesterday and I passed! I met with my examiners at 13:00. The first thing my external examiner said was “I enjoyed reading your thesis, I think the research is interesting and important, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t pass you – I just have a few… Continue reading I passed my viva!
I handed in my PhD thesis on 23rd September. For PhD candidates, almost every country (and probably every university) has a slightly different way of dealing with what comes next. In some instances, simply handing in the thesis with a supervisor’s approval would be enough. If you’re doing a PhD in one of those places,… Continue reading The PhD viva
Finally, after months and months of writing, waiting, proof-reading, editing, analysing and re-analysing and editing, on Friday my supervisor gave me the go ahead to print, bind and submit my thesis. Which I promptly did. I printed three copies, as is required by the graduate school and I went in search of the superintendent, who… Continue reading I handed in my thesis!
Way back in 2013 I took part in my first ever Science Slam. It also happened to be the first ever Science Slam held in the UK. A Science Slam is a competition; the competitors are PhD students and they each give a 10 minute talk about their research. Usually they try to make it… Continue reading Glasgow Science Slam 4
As I said in my post yesterday, we’re half way through the year. Nice going, everyone, 2016 hasn’t been half bad. Even if not everything has gone exactly according to plan (what ever does?) I’m sure everyone has good things to look back on; successes, fun days, cool projects and so on. I said I’d… Continue reading Looking back on the last six months