Signup date: 15 Aug 2011 at 9:27pm
Last login: 15 Aug 2011 at 9:27pm
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I have five children and I am about to start my PhD, however I did do my undergrad as a parent so I am used to studying with lots of chaos in the background. I am also waiting for the school hols to end so that I can get some peace and quiet during the day ;)
I have been invited to present my undergraduate research project at a conference next week and I am going my final preparations of my presentation now. I have read up on public speaking and how to prepare a presentation but does anyone have any specific tips that they could share about presenting their research?
I have been lucky enough to secure funding for a course very similar to a 1+3 but I don't get a Masters out of it. The topic is interdisciplinary research between life sciences, physical sciences and computer science. I come from a Computer Science background so I will be spending the next year training as a biologist with the physical scientists.
Since I don't have a research topic yet I have been doing what I can to learn about Biology by reading undergrad textbooks and watching MIT's Open Course series of videos as well as reading books on specifically surviving the PhD process and research and general science news from New Scientist and PhysOrg.
Is there anything obvious that I should be doing as well to prepare for the PhD or am I on track? I don't have lots of extra time since I am employed as an RA at my undergrad university and I have kids but study tips are greatly appreciated.
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