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EP27: When I Grow Up...An Unexpected Journey Into Science, Academia, and Single Parenting

11/30/2018
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Join us as we talk with Dr. Samantha Ying, an Assistant Professor from UC Riverside on her journey through undergrad and take an intimate look at the world of academia and the barriers it poses on members of our society from becoming part of & contributing to our scientific community – specifically, single mothers. Dr. Ying was a Fall 2018 BRIDGE Scholar at UMass Amherst, we would like to acknowledge the funding from BRIDGE that made this podcast interview possible. Dr. Samantha Ying's...

Duration:01:02:50

EP26: Yan's First Conference

10/17/2018
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We are back! Join us as we chat about Yan's experience at his first conference!

Duration:00:57:42

EP25: A Ph.D. in Action: Fighting Hurricane Maria w/ Dra. Rosimar Rios-Berrios

5/6/2018
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This interview was made possible by BRIDGE, a new initiative at UMass focused on increasing the presence of early career underrepresented scientists and providing them with the opportunity to give department seminar talks. To learn more: https://blogs.umass.edu/bridge/ Join us as we talk with Doctora Rosimar Rios-Berrios originally from the mountains of Puerto Rico (Barranquitas), as she shares with us what she works on at NCAR. Motivated and intrigued by the hurricane weather that affected...

Duration:01:02:03

EP24: Presidential Award for STEM Mentoring with Prof. Sandra Petersen

4/22/2018
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Listen to our interview with Prof. Sandra Petersen who received the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Sandy talks about her research in veterinary science as well as her mentoring work as the director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), a 15-institution alliance focused on increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn Ph.D. degrees in science, technology,...

Duration:01:17:44

EP23: Long Distance Relationships In Graduate School

4/2/2018
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Join our stories on navigating through the various challenges of being in long distance relationships in grad school. To all grad students, are you currently in a ldr? How does being in a ldr contribute to your experience in school, research, and life? What are your advice for making a ldr work?

Duration:01:15:21

EP22: Ph.D.'ing After Serving in Iraq

3/11/2018
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Today we are talking with Rachelle from Western Mass, a Marine Veteran, Soil Scientist, University of Massachusetts Alum, and soon to be Cornell Graduate Student. Join us as she talks to us about her experience training & serving in the Marines in Iraq after high school and then returning to the US for a Bachelors and Masters. Rachelle takes us into her world as a #firstgen #female #veteran going back to school to get her Ph.D. and the challenges in her journey.

Duration:01:10:19

EP21: Semi-Synthetic Life with Professor Floyd Romesberg

2/4/2018
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Listen to @PhDTrekkers where Yan interviews Professor Floyd Romesberg in the Chemistry Department at the Scripps Research Institute. Floyd talked about his fascinating multidisciplinary research in chemical biology and the unique challenges associated with it. Specifically, Floyd talks about his journey from a high school student with a 1.8 GPA to pursuing graduate degrees in science, from zero knowledge & experience in chemical biology starting his postdoc career to multiple biotech startup...

Duration:01:47:24

EP19: 2017 Year in Review

12/31/2017
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Be sure to tune in as we reflect on the old year and get ready to take in the new! Join us as we talk about our most proud accomplishments and biggest challenges in 2017, our thoughts on the various political movements this year (e.g. current political climate, political divisiveness & polarization, #MeToo, #MovingForwardTogether), and what we are excited and looking forward to do in 2018!

Duration:00:59:21

EP18: Stonehenge, Bath, Theater

12/10/2017
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Gambling, Politics, and Fashion? Join us on the last leg of our adventure through London as we visit the famous Stonehenge, explore natural hot waters in the town of Bath, and are left in awe by the immense culture and love for theater in the area. #Travel #Theater #London #Opera #Bath #Stonehenge

Duration:00:42:03

EP17: #SafeAtWork with GWIS

11/26/2017
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Sexual violence is an enduring problem in academia, and graduate student women are especially susceptible to this abuse. The Graduate Women In STEM (GWIS)at UMass have been fighting to change this atmosphere in academia, even before social media was taken up by the #metoo. They worked to put together a #SafeAtWork campaign as a call to arms encouraging graduate women to center their basic right which they deserve and which Title IX protects: the right to be safe at work. Join us as we chat...

Duration:01:17:20

EP16: Lost in London

11/12/2017
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Join us as we continue our travels through London experiencing all the sights, smells, and tastes this place has to offer! Listen to how we lost each other in Westminster Abbey and how Yan make a big fuss over it! Tons of fun in London and more adventures to come!

Duration:00:50:18

EP15: Raising a Family & Getting Tenure with Prof. Ryan Shenvi

10/29/2017
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Want to know what it's like to raise a family while trying to get tenure? Tune in this episode of PhD Trekkers where Yan interviews Prof. Ryan Shenvi in the Chemistry Department at the Scripps Research Institute. Ryan talks about his life and career while raising four children with his wife who's equally busy being a doctor in the midst of her residency. Ryan also discusses his career trajectory and how he discovered the unique similarities between science, chemistry, art, architecture, and...

Duration:01:15:21

EP14: A Trek in London - Part 1: Leake Street Tunnel

10/15/2017
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Join the PhD Trekker's first literal trek in London! Tune in for general travel and planning tips, airline customer service ratings, the London Pass, our first impressions of London and its rich culture, and the secret hidden gems in London! Specifically, listen to Yan's 30sec Trump conversation with the British custom/border officer on Trump's travel bans, the importance of taking a break during your graduate career, our interactions with graffitti artists in the Leake Street tunnel, and...

Duration:00:49:19

EP13: Student or Employee? Supervisor or Mentor? - Interview with UMass Graduate Student Union

10/1/2017
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Are graduate students employees or students? Are PIs supervisors or mentors? Join the PhD Trekkers' discussion on this delicate issue central to our career development. Topics include the graduate student-PI relationships & power dynamics; the grey area where graduate school functions both like a startup company & like a traditional higher education program, and the various underlying graduate student health issues behind this establishment. We also discuss potential solutions from both the...

Duration:01:00:12

EP12: From Cellos to Soils - Interview with Carolyn Anderson

9/17/2017
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Tune in to listen to Mari's interview with Carolyn, a first year graduate student on her nonlinear path towards a #PhD in #science from Cellos to Soils. Getting a Ph.D. is never really a straight path as everyone makes it seem. Learn tips on how to navigate the #academic world, finding opportunities and your way through life despite what others may be telling you or think.

Duration:00:53:11

EP11: Quarter Life Crisis

9/3/2017
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Have you experienced the quarter life crisis? And how did you pull through that? Tune in for Mari and Yan's heart touching stories on their quarter life crisis experiences. Topics include life goal/dream, career trajectory, communicating with parents and the generation gap, mental illness & depression, self reflection and evaluation, gap year opportunities, and advice for everyone who are going through this phase of their life. We even put in a Billy Joel song!

Duration:00:49:21

EP10: Fellowship Writing 101 - Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact

8/20/2017
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Looking to apply for academic funding and fellowships? Join the PhD Trekkers where we unpack some basic fellowship application do's and don'ts. Tune in for some advice on constructing your research proposal & personal statements, on the reviewing criteria such as Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact and what they encompasses, and the application revision/reviewing process. Other topics include some insider tips from Professors who have personally served on the fellowship reviewing panel and...

Duration:00:59:08

EP9: Insider Tips on Graduate School Social Dynamics

8/6/2017
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Join us on an episode where we explore the graduate school social networking dynamics. How do grad students interact and manage relationships with friends, labmates, peers, collaborators, Professors, PI, mentors, admins, and your larger scientific/research community. How do you initiate these interactions in your own school and with others in/related to your field of study, especially if you are an introvert. How do you make yourself heard and voice your thoughts and concerns. Other topics...

Duration:00:45:59

EP8: Surviving and Thriving in Academia - Interview with Assistant Prof. Keary Engle

7/21/2017
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Are you interested in a career in academia? Tune in for this episode of PhD Trekkers where Yan interviews Keary Engle, an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at the Scripps Research Institute. Keary discusses his career journey, his approach toward research, mentoring, education, outreach, and how he navigates some of the unique challenges of being an Assistant Professor. Keary also offers advice to other young scientists on maintaining work/life balance, identifying research...

Duration:01:13:46

EP7: You Are What You Eat - A Graduate Student's Path Towards a Healthy LifeStyle

7/9/2017
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Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet are especially important for graduate students given our long working hours in the lab, high stress/pressure, sleep deprivation, and even mental illnesses and depression. It's so easy for us to get burnt out and compromise our health. But grad school is a 5+yrs battle and in order to survive and succeed, we better start with our health! Join the PhD Trekkers on our approach towards living a healthy life in grad school!

Duration:00:48:11