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    August 10, 2012

    Science Training and Mental Health

    In the wake of the Colorado shootings, the scientific community should pay more attention to the psychological wellbeing of emerging scientists.

    July 04, 2008

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 17: End of the Road

    After more than 6 years of monthly columns and postgraduate research, Micella Phoenix DeWhyse celebrates her Independence Day--and we're sad.

    October 26, 2007

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition Chapter 10: Loyalty, Subterfuge, Manipulation, and Sabotage

    Is it ineptitude or something worse?

    August 03, 2007

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 7: Tainted Love

    "Do I need to learn to rely on my own desires, the rest of the world be damned?"

    May 25, 2007

    Educated Woman, Postdoc Edition, Chapter 5: Why Is Life So Messy?

    I think it makes sense for people who aren't satisfied to air their grievances, but it's important to do it constructively and strategically.

    May 26, 2006

    Educated Woman, Chapter 51: Search. Scour. Capture. Job

    Maybe the worst part about the job search is sending out an application for a job you just know you're well suited for and getting an unceremonious rejection, or even a nonanswer.

    March 24, 2006

    Educated Woman, Chapter 49: The Grad-School Success-O-Meter

    In grad school, a certain amount of failure is inevitable.

    November 25, 2005

    Educated Woman - Chapter 45: And Now For Something Completely Different

    Peering in from the outside, the research lab I visited for about a month provided a completely different research experience than what I was used to in the United States.

    October 28, 2005

    Educated Woman, The Grad-School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse Chapter 44--Out of the Night That Covers Me … Into the Big Wide World

    I won't be confined by other people's notions of who I am and what I should do. I'm starting to feel free.

    February 25, 2005

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse - Chapter 36: What Have You Been Doing All This Time? (The Thesis Proposal, Part 2)

    There may be times in our lives when we should fight to the death for our ideas. The thesis defense is not one of those times.

    December 24, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse - Chapter 34: Hoop number 314,159: It's Committee Time

    I've found motivation, desperation, and rage to comfort me in my later years.

    November 26, 2004

    Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse - Chapter 33 - The Heart of Grad School Darkness

    We have to seek sources of comfort, our confidants, in other places.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

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