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    February 22, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 2: What a Difference a Day Makes

    Fall semester was rough. Not always because the demands of those five classes got me down--but mostly because my social life SUCKS.

    April 26, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 4: Meet the Potentially (Dys)functional Family--My Lab

    With all of the personalities and projects out there, the quest for a perfect fit is much like a search for the perfect pair of jeans.

    June 28, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 6: Cheating, Betrayal, Denial, and Lies

    "Integrity and honesty are the foundations upon which scientific inquiry and discovery are built. Trust allows us to believe what others have done and to use the results of others to drive our own research."

    August 02, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 7: Confidence Crisis

    "At first, I didn’t tell anyone. I faked the funk. I didn’t want their pity. I didn’t want them saying, 'well I’m so sorry,' while thinking, 'glad it wasn’t me.'"

    August 23, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 8: Micella Remembers She Is Female

    "I don’t have time for hostile relationships, especially with my adviser."

    September 27, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter Nine: One year later…

    "Now, a year later, it’s amazing how little those events have affected my daily life. I often feel removed from everything going on around me."

    October 25, 2002

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 10: I'm a Second Year Already?

    "I'm learning to live gracefully with the frustrations of research: being grateful for when something works and not taking it personally when it doesn't."

    February 28, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 13: Hurdler? I Thought I Was a Grad Student!

    "I haven't given up, although I've thought about it."

    March 28, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 14: Spring Break Is for Undergrads

    "This is probably why I won't be going into hardcore academia; I value my time, my family, and my friends far too much to be ruled by my job."

    May 02, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 15: Anxiety Sets In

    Sometimes an adviser can be a little
    too attentive.

    May 23, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 16: Time for Rumination

    What a difference some data make.

    June 27, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 17: Micella Reloaded

    The change from the dull delirium and insane drama that characterized my first year and half of graduate school has been welcome.

    July 25, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 18: Elephant Eating, 101

    You learn to eat the elephant one bite at a time and not try swallowing it whole.

    August 22, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 19: Two Roads Diverged

    There
    is a body of research out there that would make me want to get up in the morning, thrilled to be alive. I'm just not working on it.

    September 26, 2003

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 20: Two Roads Diverged, Redux

    I decided I wanted to work on something else and, all of a sudden, [my adviser's] interest in me dried up, as did funding for a research assistantship; I've been TA-ing ever since.

    February 27, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 24: Casualty of War: Micella Loses a Co-worker

    Unfortunately many of us get tripped up in the hurdles, because we lack preparation, confidence, test-taking ability, motivation ... not necessarily because we don't have potential as scientists.

    April 23, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 26: Bringing Up Advisor

    Have aliens taken over my advisor's body and released him from emotional oblivion?

    May 28, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse--Chapter 27: Communication

    People don't leave because they can't cut it; they leave because they find some other place that welcomes them, lets them express themselves, and rewards them according to their merits.

    October 15, 2004

    An Open Letter to Administrators and Faculty

    Recognize that your students are there to get a degree, first and foremost, but realize that they can contribute to your community.

    October 22, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse, Chapter 32: Money or Science: Who Do You Love?

    If I'm a competitive student, with a very good record and lots of promise, my decision on what grad school to attend will probably depend on pay, faculty, and facilities. In that order.

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