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Optimizing publications for a Ph.D. student

New blogger Mrs. Comet Hunter is in the latter stages of her Ph.D., and she’s at the stage of trying to figure out how to break her work out into discrete publishable chunks. She recently wrote a post about the topic, and she sent me an email to ask some related questions. With her permission,…

Despite being the keeper of a very well organized blogroll, I was surprisingly flummoxed by a request from a friend of a friend of a friend. She’s decided to go to graduate school in an environmental science field, but she’s unsure whether to go for a M.S. first or straight to a Ph.D. Specifically, she…

Dear SW and Alice, I will soon defend my dissertation, and I don’t know whether it is customary or acceptable or expected to give an appreciation gift to one’s adviser. …I asked around with colleagues… and there seems to be no consensus – I got, “you could and it would be nice but I don’t…

Ask Sciencewoman: Part-time post-docs

Dear Sciencewoman, I’m currently in the last 6 months of my PhD, and I have an 8 month old. I love research, but I want more time with my child, and I am curious if there is such a thing as a part time post doc. How did you get that kind of position? Did…

A reader recently sent me this email: I have a question that perhaps you and your readers can help with. I’m currently at a cross-road in my academic career. A year ago I started a Master’s program in one of the “ologies” with potential to switch over to the Ph.D if things progressed well over…

Dear Sciencewoman: So, I’m pregnant for the first time. My husband’s family is on the whole really great and loving people. They rarely leave their “red state world”, however. My husband’s immediate family Gets It, they understand that neither I (nor my husband for that matter, who is also a scientist, same flavor as me)…