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Thread: ask for nature papers

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08-Jul-14, 11:52
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posted about 5 years ago
I have all but the last one. Send me your email address and I will send it to you.

Thread: No reference from your undegrad placement?

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21-May-14, 23:28
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posted about 5 years ago
Thanks for your reply.
I thought about this as well but it feels a bit cheeky. It will probably be few references he will do for me (I will check, I am aware of the rule).

Thread: No reference from your undegrad placement?

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21-May-14, 19:32
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi all.

This is for PhD applications.
I have a plenty of referees from my undegrads who will give me a brilliant references (including lecturer whom I worked with during summers). During my sandwich year I worked hard but my supervisor (although he was happy with me) was really demanding and rarely said anything good to anyone (to all of us, not just me). He is very strict and I am worried that if I will ask him for reference he will write something not as exciting as the other ones would do.
What do I do? Do I put him down anyway? Do I put down the others (including the lecturer I worked with for a good few months?). I just dont want it to look like I have not done a good job because I did. I am just worried his reference will not be as good because the way he is.
What would you do?

Thread: 1 year break after BSc to have a child. Problem to get a PhD?

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04-Apr-14, 18:26
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posted about 5 years ago
Quote From HazyJane:
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Thanks guys:)
I am in science so I supppose I am worried they will look at me like I am out of date.

Regards childcare, my husband is really supportive and is happy to stay home with kids when ill if he needs to. I mean I will also stay occasionaly but it will be shared.
But with the one we have now it isnt a problem really, not ill for about 2 years now!


I don't think at this stage in your career you need to worry too much about being 'out of date' - it's more of a challenge at more senior grades.

If you're concerned about losing touch with science, there are ways you could keep yourself fresh e.g. try to get hold of latest papers in key journals, or take an online course (e.g. Coursera) in something new to keep your knowledge fresh and developing.

Regarding the childcare, do think carefully about the specifics of a project and how it would affect your time management. It's not just about whether your kid's off sick, it can also be about how often you planned to leave at a certain time, but you can't because the previous person using the equipment has over-run. There is a lot of variation even within a field as to how flexible a given project may be, and it's probably preferable to think about that at the outset, according to yours and your family's needs.

That's not to say that certain types of project are not doable by people with young kids, but they may require a lot more planning to do them, and that is one thing that might come up in interview. But there are other people on here who are better placed to advise on these issues.


Thanks:)
That wont be an issue. I did year long placement where I was working like a PhD student (weekends etc. )
My husband works for NHS and his work is very accommodating. Last year (during the placement) I was dropping my child off and he was picking up so working late was never the issue.

Thread: 1 year break after BSc to have a child. Problem to get a PhD?

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04-Apr-14, 14:38
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posted about 5 years ago
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They can't discriminate on the grounds of you having children.

There was a 21-year gap between my BSc and my PhD (not child-related) and I wasn't asked to account for all that time! As Huxley said, it's the quality of your application, your skills, how well your research ideas fit with the department and so on that they will consider.


They cant but they can make up other reasons:(
I am just worried if it could affect them or not.

Thread: 1 year break after BSc to have a child. Problem to get a PhD?

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04-Apr-14, 14:37
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Thanks guys:)
I am in science so I supppose I am worried they will look at me like I am out of date.

Regards childcare, my husband is really supportive and is happy to stay home with kids when ill if he needs to. I mean I will also stay occasionaly but it will be shared.
But with the one we have now it isnt a problem really, not ill for about 2 years now!

Thread: 1 year break after BSc to have a child. Problem to get a PhD?

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04-Apr-14, 10:58
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As the title says. I am planning to take a year out after my BSc to have a second child. I would officialy graduate in July 2015 and will start to apply from September 2015 for 2016 start.
Do you think it will a problem? Will supervisors question my year out as I will not be at work?
Will they be less likely to choose me because I will have 2 children?
Thanks:)
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