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I feel as though this community should be more active, even though I understand that as graduate students, we seem to have less and less time. I wanted to throw something out to the community- is anybody here an "older" student? I'm one of the oldest students in my cohort, so being in a group of 23yo is somewhat jarring. I've found the adjustment to finally balance out, but with wanting to have babies and progress along the family path, I often have difficulty honestly answering the question, "Where do you want to be in five years?"

Truth be told, I see myself with babies. I'll be practicing, but there's no way I'm pursuing a doctorate in five years or aggressively pursuing my career.

Can anybody else relate to this?

Starting a Family in Grad School...?

Hi everyone,

My name is Nissa, I'm currently waiting for my acceptance letters to my grad schools of choice (I will be starting in August). I have applied to the Masters program in Chemistry. I eventually want to get my Ph.D. but I have settled for Master's initially because my husband and I want to start a family. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience in having a baby while doing research in a lab. That is my major concern (course work will be a breeze (this certainty comes from prior stressful situations during undergrad)); I'm worried about my ability to be in the lab around toxic chemicals while I'm pregnant or breast feeding. I also want to somehow be able to finish "on-time" meaning I don't want an extension lasting for more than a year. We still have ample time before I start grad school to make a decision.

I'm having so many thoughts. Should I be inquiring at the schools I have applied to as to their policies regarding maternity leave? Should I wait until I have been accepted (which I plan on doing)? Or should I just wait until my husband and I decide that we're ready to start a family and then once I'm pregnant figure it out.

As you all can probably tell I'm a control freak. I need to have some sort of control on my life, which I don't at the moment.

Advice and experiences are greatly appreciated.



Hi everyone! I'm new to LJ and this community so thought I'd try introducing myself. I'm working towards a PhD with a major in English philology. I study social action online, more specifically online communities and how a sense of community is created online. I've been registered as a post-graduate student since spring 2010 but I only recently received my first grant so my work has not progressed very far yet. The grant is only small but I do now have an office at university and the opportunity to spend about 60% of my time on the PhD (I work elsewhere for the other 40%), at least for a few months, so I'm hoping to make good progress in order to convince those authorities that I'm a worth investment and should be given more grants!

It's been a long road to get to this point, but in the past month I've figured out that the most important ingredients for PhD success are:
a) the ability to break your project down to small pieces, and then break it down some more;
b) the ability to let go of control over the whole project; it will all come together in the end; and
c) community, i.e. the fellowship of others in the same boat as you.

The last point is especially important, since it's something I didn't have until recently. Being at university close to full-time helps, but more than anything I'm thankful that a good friend of mine has also started working on a PhD, and has become a major source of advice and comfort in knowing that my problems are not unique. The best form of stress-relief to me is having a cup of tea and a chat about our respective projects. Writing a PhD may be independent work but never discount the importance of sharing the experience with others doing the same!


Name: Zee (aka batchickcrazy or cheapgraduate)
Year: 1st year Grad Student
Degree you're working towards: Master's and RD credentials
Field of study: Nutritional Sciences

Research interests (if any): mangoes and prediabetes, mangoes and osteoporosis, mangoes and cardiovascular disease

Hello! I just got signed on with livejournal and stumbled across this livejournal. I am currently starting a Master's degree and 9-month internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Some of my professors and professional networks recommended starting a blog about nutrition and things pertaining to nutrition. So, I started one up about being a broke grad student trying to eat healthy and maneuver the coupon and craft world.

I am excited to begin my new classes AND begin doing research for the first time. I'm nervous about doing research,too, mostly because I'm a lead on a human study that may/may not get finished by my internship. Wish me luck!

New member!

Name: Stacie
Year: End of PhD coursework -- studying for my exams.
Degree you're working towards: PhD
Field of study: Mass Communication

Research interests (if any): health communication, media effects, media law

Actually, I am currently working on a study about facebook and mourning. Here is the official blurb if anyone would like to participate and/or pass along to others they think might be interested: (I hope this is OK)

Indiana University researchers are recruiting facebook users to participate in a 10-minute survey about facebook use after a friend or loved one has died. If you are over 18 years old and interested in participating, please visit: https://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/553551/Digitial-life-after-death-An-examination-of-Facebook-and-mourning Please repost!

University: Indiana University
Five year plan: I really really hope I am completely finished by then. We are trying to decide whether I will go on the job market right away or if we will stay in town for awhile to raise our family.
Best way to relieve uni-related stress: Reading fun books! TV
Totally random fact: I would help my son nap when he was a newborn by reading him my homework from psychophysiology of media effects.
got a 2:1 today and I feel down about it.

Tell me I am being stupid.


Name: Anonymous (I don't share my name over LJ)
Year: Halfway through a 3-year program (by credit hours and class availability) that is marketed as a two year program.
Degree you're working towards: Master's
Field of study: Public Health, Environmental Science
Research interests (if any): Not doing research right now... I'm interested in food safety, used to be a part of phylogenetic research, which was pretty cool.
University: Anonymous...
Five year plan: I really only know what I'm doing for the next year and a half. I'm becoming financially independent and getting my own apartment next January. My boyfriend and I will graduate about the same time my lease is up. I am not sure how this is going to play out because neither of us has planned out exactly what we want to do afterward. Too many variables to discuss...
Best way to relieve stress: Do a gratefulness exercise: Post in your livejournal everything that you are grateful for. It works for me! & dailypeptalkfromabestfriend.com
Totally random fact: Falling down stairs is the second leading cause of injury death, following motor vehicle accidents. (This is my excuse for using the elevator.)

Nice to meet you. :-) Thanks for reading.

I feel like I should share some of my insecurities with you guys...

It seems like pretty much everybody in my program is ready for summer right now. There are summer courses, but because they aren't covered in the GAships, most people aren't taking summer courses. I feel like we had so much more drive in the fall and last spring (when two of us started), but now we're just dragging... ya know. It's about time for those finals and papers to come due and then be over with. I seem to always get that way at the end of the spring semester; this has generally been a time of struggle for me. Has anyone ever taken a Spring semester off with success?

I worry a little bit because I feel like one of the most immature people in the program. I'm 25, and I am nowhere close to marriage or kids (a lot of people in my program are married). My boyfriend is younger than me, and in undergrad still, and I feel like I'm kind of a late bloomer myself in this area. I'm still working on moving out of my parents' house (Planned for January of next year). This worries me in part because I don't see myself being ready to have kids until I'm older.

In addition, I wonder if grad school is the right place for me and if I picked the correct field still. I was thinking originally that I wanted a PhD, but now I realize I don't want to be a professor, I definitely want to work in the field, so I may never actually take that route.

I like the field, don't get me wrong, but I really like my natural foods job, and I can see myself ending up with a natural foods company in the end. I don't have a degreed job yet. I definitely enjoy what I do, but I make peanuts, and I could see myself enjoying the field I'm going into but I'm not sure. I don't know if I'm really going to end up in public health or not. I'm nervous about trying to get a new job, but I know I should just jump into it and try to get better pay...

Does anybody share my concerns, or can have insight? Thanks. :-)

Having a baby in grad school

First, I don't remember if I did my intro, so here it is
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Aug. 1st, 2010

Feminism and Teaching Symposium
8th – 9th April 2011 University of Nottingham

This is a two-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium that will explore the relationships between feminism and teaching.

Keynote workshops/sessions by: Professor Gina Wisker (Brighton), Professor Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam) and Dr. Louise Mullany (Nottingham), Professor Ruth Holliday (Leeds), Dr. Ben Brabon (Edge Hill), Annette Foster (Performance Artist).

Postgraduates, early career researchers, teachers, artists and activists of all genders are invited to propose sessions engaging with issues relating to feminism and teaching.

This symposium aims to bring together people from a wide variety of disciplines and contexts to explore the ways in which these two fields relate to each other and the ways in which each term strengthens and/or troubles the other.

Proposed topics could include:

* Teaching feminist theory and practice
* Introducing feminism into the school, F.E. and undergraduate classroom
* Overcoming ‘gender-blind’ syllabuses
* Consciousness raising activities outside the classroom
* Ways in which gender intersects with other discourses, like race, age and class in teaching activities
* The impact of context on teaching activities and materials
* Feminist pedagogy and modes of teaching
* Ways in which feminism can inform research and teaching across the disciplines
* Feminisms plural
* Ways in which feminism changes, alters/is altered, and is deployed in the classroom setting
* Gender-Biases in perceptions of feminism
* Men and feminist teaching practices
* Reclamation of women’s language and experiences
* Reclaiming the feminist agenda
* Ways of teaching gender sensitive matierials and associated difficulties e.g.: women’s writing, sociological data, everyday life, media, popular culture, legal and political theory and practice
* Any other issue related to feminism and teaching

We welcome presentation and session proposals which engage with the relationships between feminism and teaching, from various disciplines, including but not limited to: Sociology, Education, Literature, Visual and Performing Arts, Cultural Studies, Applied Linguistics, Law, Gender Studies and Women’s Studies. We also welcome proposals from people working in areas relating to feminism and teaching outside the academy.

Presenters are encouraged to engage with these issues in a way that reflects the material being discussed. We would like to include a diversity of presentation styles, but we are particularly keen to encourage interactive sessions, including short film screenings, musical and dramatic performances, workshops, presentations about ongoing projects or works in progress, demonstrations, discussion sessions, or any other format conducive to exploring the relationships between feminism and teaching.

Presenters will be allocated a 30-minute slot, which can be used by the presenter as they wish, but must include at least 5 minutes for audience questions/discussion.

Possible presentations could look like the following:

‘Raising consciousness in the local community’
15 min – Interactive puppet theatre
5 min – Presenter talk
10 min – Q&A

‘Men teaching feminism’
15 min – Presenter talk
15 min – Interactive strategy session

‘Feminist teaching in “gender-blind” subjects’
5 min – Presenter talk
15 min – Interactive comparison of syllabuses
10 min – Group discussion

We also welcome poster presentations on any issues/topics relating to the theme.
Posters will be displayed throughout the symposium.

Please send proposals of 200-300 words, along with a brief biography (50 words) to feminismandteaching@nottingham.ac.uk by 20th November 2010. If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting it please do contact us. We are particularly interested in encouraging sessions which break from the traditional academic format.

For more information please visit our website: http://feminismandteaching.org

Jul. 16th, 2010

Hi folks,

I've been asked to prepare some texts for a two week slot on gender for the 2nd year theory course at my university next year. I'm confident that I can put the theory stuff together, but I'd like to set some science fiction to go with it. So, I'm looking for suggestions for feminist/gender-aware science fiction (preferably short stories). Obviously, I'm starting with the Tiptree lists, but I need work primarily by British* authors. Thoughts?

*Any Anglophone lit should be ok, but I'll struggle to get American/Canadian lit through the teaching and learning committee - academic politics eh?

Competition for those who know the Law

The International Contest of Young Lawyers “Precedent” is an on-line activity for students and young professionals. It's a bilingual contest where you can send the work in English or Russian.
It’s main goal is to give young lawyers and students a place to share opinions and try their skills. At the same time practicing lawyers and the one who is just interested in jurisprudence may participate.
There are two spheres where the participant may choose a case to resolve - intellectual property and private international law. Here’s the list of cases.
You can vote for the works and comment! Here are the approved solutions.
The Contest is held till 21 of June 2010. You can send a work up to June 15.

Prizes for the winners are granted!
Participate and tell your friends and classmates!

Sometimes I just want to go home...

Hi everyone. Ive had an LJ for sometime that I use sporadically, and in getting back into things I thought I should find/join some communities of people who know what I am going through as a grad student. SO Hi Im Becky and...

Name: Becky (forgot this was on the list!)
Year: 4th
Degree you're working towards: PhD
Field of study: Medical Genetics/Neuroscience
Research interests (if any): Neurophysiology of appetite and metabolism
University: University of Alberta
Five year plan: This really depends on results and funding, but right now its looking like write up the thesis and get a job delivering pacakges for UPS. Before this year is would have been finish PhD in 2 years, complete 2-3 yrs of post-doc and start applying for "real" jobs; but Ive been realizing that these "real" jobs Ive always heard of are at least somewhat mythical
Best way to relieve uni-related stress: Eating red velvet cake
Totally random fact: I seriously hate mushrooms.
 hey all,

I just happened to come across this forum ! I am a graduate student ( MA) completing my second semester in May. 
I am also pregnant and expecting my baby in Oct. I have nearly completed most of the required credits, though 3 more to go . My question is how long can one take a break in grad school. I don't I'll be able to get back before next fall . Did anyone here have similar experiences ?

thanks a lot


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Name: Robin
Year: starting this August!
Degree you're working towards: MS
Field of study: Marine Biology
Research interests (if any): Fish biology (physiology, genetics, ecology)
University: College of Charleston
Five year plan: Complete my MS in three years, get a job in a research institution, find an awesome partner
Best way to relieve uni-related stress: Watch the Style channel, talking to my friends
Totally random fact: I hate/am scared of jellies...I'd honestly rather run into most species of sharks

Looking forward to returning with what I'm sure will be plenty of questions/rants once I officially begin my grad school career!