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Hooray for UW Biology's newest Ph.D.s: Spring and Summer Grads!

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SciPos is all about raving about our grads, so it's time to take the opportunity to celebrate our most recently-defended superheros. Congrats to all of the recent UW Biology Ph.D.'s who passed their snake fight and graduated during Spring and Summer quarters, these short summaries don't do justice to your years of hard work, but we salute you [if slightly belatedly]! In chronological order of defense date, they are:

Ricky Dooley
Tolerances and responses of seagrasses to hydrogen sulfide and implications to ecology and restoration

Ward Lab | April 10
Up Next: Initiating roughly 1,000 undergraduates into the wonders of biology as instructor of UW Bio's massive gateway course series.

Lauren Berg DeBey Digging up the past: Postcranial perspectives on Mammals across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary
Wilson Lab | May 14
Up Next: Seeking a career in Seattle in Project Management or Consulting with an emphasis on data analytics.

Jessica Lundin
Biologic monitoring of environmental con…

Emily Grason: What are you going to do with that Ph.D., anyway?

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I'm getting frightfully close to finishing, launching chapter manuscripts off into the ether of The Journal Submission Process. Each morning for the week or so after, I cringe as I open my email, hoping to not hear anything from those journals. Then at least I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing my paper has likely been sent out for review. But in the mean time, I get this question more and more: What are you going to do when you finish? GAH! We've all gotten this question more times than we prefer to remember, and many people in our lives know better than to even ask [Don't worry, Grandma, I totally don't mind that you didn't get the memo about questions not to ask a graduate student, it's very sweet of you to worry about me!].

But seriously, what are we going to do when we finish?

It turns out we're uncertain - and I'm not just arm waving here - it's in Nature [paywall :-/]. According to the results of a 2015 survey of more than 3,400 graduate st…

Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating rad science women!

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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, and we are joining in the 7th annual world celebration of the contributions made by women to STEM fields. Named in honor of one of the pioneers of computer programming, this day affords us the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of women who we admire in these fields. Here, biograds introduce and discuss women who have been important to their pursuit of science. 
Barbara McClintock  (by Marie Clifford)
An amazing, tenacious woman scientist who discovered movable genetic elements called transposons in the 1940s. She was basically ignored and left to do more awesome genetics research in corn, her model system, for 40 years while people thought that (1) she was crazy and (2) that genes were totally static. And then it came to light that actually transposons are found in pretty much every living thing and she won a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1983. (P.S. Nobel prizes for people doing plant science are almost non-existent, even when people d…

Welcome, new BioGrads! See you at DISorientation

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Welcome First YearsCongrats on finishing the first week of classes in the 2015-2016 Academic Year at UW (#quartersystem). Just this time last year the rising second years were in your shoes. With the past year fresh in their minds, a few second years, Meg Whitney (Sidor Lab), Ethan Linck (Klicka Lab), and Will King (Sebens Lab) have teamed up to share some thoughts on the first year as a grad student. 

TLDR: [Good for you! You're already prioritizing like a grad student!] GO TO DISORIENTATION!

1. What is the key to succeeding during your first year?
Will King: Take breaks! Work at a sustainable pace.

Meg Whitney: The best advice and when things really clicked for me was when an older grad student told me that there was no right way to be a grad student and that you can make your grad school experience whatever you want it to be. When I stopped comparing myself to not only other first years but also older grad students, I felt much more at ease with being a grad student.

Ethan Lin…