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Mikaila Chetty is a passionate and enthusiastic biologist. Her domains of interest are neurodegeneration, model organisms, and proteins. Apart from lab research, she is committed to helping students achieve their scientific goals and scuba diving. She is always open to guiding fellow biology enthusiasts. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikailachetty/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/phdlifewithm/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/mikaila_chetty_

Applying for a PhD in the Sciences: A 7-Step Guide

This article provides a step-by-step guide for people interested in pursuing a PhD, particularly in the sciences (though much of the advice carries over to other disciplines as well). It emphasizes the importance of identifying personal interests and goals, fully researching different programs, and knowing the key differences between doing a PhD in different countries.

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Office 216

Discover how a graduate student’s temporary office space serves as a metaphor for their sense of unbelonging throughout their academic journey, and how they find solace in making the most of the temporary joys that come their way.

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Being Gay in Academia: Unravelling Suffocating Contradictions

This article explores the experience of a gay man entering academia in an oppressive conservative culture, creating impossible contradictions between who they are and who academia wants them to be. Professional norms of academia clash with stereotypes of what ‘gay’ looks like to produce a suffocating costume that we often feel is necessary to survive. The article advocates for representation of minority groups in academia to expand ideas of who we can be – and for PhD students to care for one another and embrace our unique stories and identities.

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