Effect Measure

Send a blogger to college, take 2

Once again it’s the 2007 Blogging Scholarship contest. It’s been just short of a year since we offered everyone reading the opportunity to Send a Blogger to College. Now you get another chance. Of course the blogger in question, the now well-known Shelley Batts, maestra of Retrospectacle and my SciBling here at ScienceBlogs, is long out of college and close to being done with doctoral studies in the neurosciences at the University of Michigan. Last year she very nearly took the prize (with magnificent help from readers of Effect Measure). She’s a finalist once again and this year the prize is $10,000, a sum not exactly a tunafish sandwich if you are a struggling doctoral candidate.

Shelley’s the only one from ScienceBlogs in the running. More importantly, she’s a helluva blogger. Doctoral studies are tremendously demanding and so is writing a blog. She’s been doing it consistently and with grace and style, day in and day out. It’s easy to vote for her. Just go here and click on the Shelley Batts radio button. Real easy.

Looks like she’s running second out of 20 and the ScienceBlogs community has yet to weigh in. She’s already got my vote.


  1. #1 Shelley
    October 9, 2007

    Thank you Revere! You are awesome! 😀

  2. #2 sapo
    October 9, 2007

    good luck to Shelly and all, but there is something i must take aim at:

    if you are a struggling doctoral candidate

    i know this is a common phrase, but i think we should be aware of what we’re saying. are doctoral students or other graduate students really struggling? sure, they’re not making their $60+k salary…yet, but are they struggling? struggling like the elderly
    to collect social security
    and $10 odd jobs;
    struggling like the immigrant
    to rest ‘tween job number 1
    and job number 4;
    struggling like the addict
    to soothe the pain of poverty
    and sting of rationality;
    struggling like the farmer
    to commit to multi-national life
    or submit to city strife…

    i could go on, and sorry for the slip into poetic verse, but hopefully the point is made. i bring it up because i too have been guilty of saying the same, “as a struggling grad student.” but it’s absurd. stand next to someone who is genuinely struggling in this world and talk with them, then tell me how privileged the student is, and who is really struggling.

    sorry, revere, no attack on your person, just an opportunity to enlighten. thanks.

  3. #3 M. Randolph Kruger
    October 9, 2007

    I violated my own rules for Shelley and sent an email out to all on my maillist and requested that they vote. 39 already this evening….

    You go girl!