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Thread: 1st year in lab: is this a natural phase?

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22-Feb-17, 07:33
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Do you ever get the feeling that when you first enter into the lab, people will take you lightly, doubt your capabilities? For example, when you cant get a lab result at the bench and people straightaway question how exactly do you do it? Like it must be bad technique kind of thing

Thread: PhD with no publications

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02-Feb-17, 14:06
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Most like me dont have publications prior entry. But its a bonus if competition for places are tight

Thread: Bioscience: how many projects should 1st year students do cocurrently?

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02-Feb-17, 01:02
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Im asking this because if 1 or 2 years in, if the projectbis
working out fine then its great. But what happens if the project meets a dead end? Then starting a new project few years in can be stressful with the perception that you need to make up for lost time. I have seniors feeling slumped 3 years into their project

On the other doing projects might slow down both projects but there is a safety net there.

Any seniors out there willing to share how many projects do? And if so are they somewhat related? Same experiment system just different research question? Or 2 different experiment systems ?

Thread: TA woes

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02-Feb-17, 00:53
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In my school, clearing TA hours by teaching tutorials are the worse kind of effort to returns ratio. You get to clear 3 hours(from weekly preparation of stuff discussed in tutorial) plus the actual teaching hours. Ive tasked to teach 3 separate tutorial questions and although it requires a of effort im taking it as an opportunity to grow.

Thread: Finally making progress in my 2nd project six months in

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01-Feb-17, 08:14
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I had spent 6 months on the first project but shifted my attention to a new project only last week. I am getting encouraging data that suggest my experimental design is working, but am I really far back in time?

Thread: Switching lab (racial gender minority issue)

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30-Dec-16, 05:12
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Hi im in a big dilemma here. I hope you guys can give me an advise/opinion on this matter.

I am 5 months into a phd program in a biology field. The program is designed for 4 years. The beginning of my phd has been quite a struggle for some reasons. And i will state those briefly below.

Firstly, i am the only gender and racial minority in the lab. These has led me to be ostracized to some extent in lab as my lab members would form social circles and speak in languages i could not understand. Apart from not being able to colborate(doesnt hurt as much if my main focus is just to finish own project) but that would mean me generating less papers. Also generally the first gear is the formative years of a grad student. I find it hard to approach seniors for advise or to teach me certain lab techniques. It doesnt help that my lab do not practice mentorships,ie you have to take initiative to form bonds with people such that they are willing to impart knowledge to you. There is no assigned trainer on this. While my seniors did not have problem learning, i am faced with this barrier because of being isolated.

The social isolation doesnt only involve alienation but also microaggression as well. I did once ask for technical advise once but when i didnt get technique right on the first try, i was shouted at. This incident has affected my confidence greatly and often feel anxious being in the lab itself while doing my experiments.

My PI is very nice butbshe is very hands off. When i came in,i was told to read up and up with a research question which can be anything under the sun. I felt very aimless.

Is switching lab advisable at this point?

Thread: Phd: lack supervision

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14-Dec-16, 04:22
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Is it a case of bad supervision if my professor told me to read up on any research field(bioscience) and to come up with a research question that would interest me? I feel that my coursemates are a project but i have to come up with one. This is frustrating.

Thread: To go on leave or no

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06-Dec-16, 13:16
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hi i think many here would know me as the phd student who ran into a brickwall 4 months into her PhD program. I tried in vain to differentiate a cell line for 3 months without any success. My professor has agreed to let me buy a new cell line but it wont come until late january.

in the meantime i have come up with a side project that requires me to use 'normal' kind of cells, those that are not difficulty to deal with. And the techniques im using are generally microscopy imaging rather than those biochemical assays(western blot etc) and have been getting my first few data quite fast. My thesis advisory commitee is in 4 months time and my qualifying examination is in 14 months time.

i was thinking of clearing my leave for this year, for which i am entitled to 7 days. i cant bring forward to next year but at the same time i dont feel like i deserve a break and also im getting panicky and the thought of me presenting to my thesis advisors with not much data to show with is hunting me. Am i being too panicky. should i take leave?

Thread: First 4 months PhD(bioscience)

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30-Nov-16, 14:25
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as i am writing this i wonder how much of this is common? I am 4 months into my PhD program in biology area. Although i did learn some new lab techniques, i feel like im making very little progress and it doesnt help that i do not possess much lab experience. for the past 2 months i have been struggling to get my western blot techniques right, getting every possible steps wrong in my tries. but i am learning with each new mistake i make. The worse part is that my cells take 14 days to differentiate under a certain condition and i have used 4 attempts at it with no avail. I could not even start to test out my research questions when my model system isint working to begin with.

frustrating much and it doesnt help that the seniors in my lab are saying things like ''eh this other newcomer got the western blot result straightway, why cant you?''

any advice ;/

Thread: 7 months in and still confused

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21-Nov-16, 14:47
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Im 4 months in and i think i mostly underwent a similar situation like you. I doubted myself when i made every possible mistake(and im referring to the simplest of lab techniques like western blot). but i tell myself i can only get better. im very like you in the sense that i can get overly anxious over things.

but i think you are having it harder since your doing phd overseas. it takes time to settle down.

just dont neglect your heatlh. chill during weekends (even if you had spent time at work during weekends, at least take the night off etc).

Thread: Bioscience PhD: time it takes to get used to lab techniques and be more confident.

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14-Nov-16, 11:28
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Are they any seniors out there doing phd in biology? Im 3 months in and i feel like im making every possible mistake. Im trying to embrace the growth mindset and take it as a learning experience. But generally how long does it take to get used to lab techniques?

Thread: Need Singaporeans to answer a survey for PhD research

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09-Nov-16, 07:08
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ME lol. im singaporean

Thread: Starting off PhD with a new project (from scratch)

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08-Nov-16, 16:12
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What i was referring to is..
A breakthrough that can be in the form of a publishable data. Not the nobel laurete kind of discovery.

Thread: Quitting the PhD at the Final Hurdle

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08-Nov-16, 10:59
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dont quit when you are already near the finishing line. you are already in pain, so get a reward from it. yes the financial aspect might take a burden but there are ways to earn some income (teaching, private tutor?)..

Thread: Anyone up for a first years support thread

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08-Nov-16, 10:48
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Maybe we can even set up a whatsap group chat to support each other along the way. im ridhwan, 3 months into my research program (PhD) in biological sciences.
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