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Rock Your Research is a podcast created for you, the graduate student. If you are looking for inspiration, community, and advice on your PhD journey, then we have you covered. Each episode brings you an amazing academic or nonacademic, who shares their graduate school story. They talk about their biggest struggles and worst and best moments as graduate students. They also talk about their current career and the path they took to get there. The MINDFUL MINUTES ends the show with awesome resources that they use to stay productive and motivated. So join us on this journey and prepare to rock your research!

Rock Your Research with Chris Jones Chris Jones interviews PhDs about graduate school and careers to provide advice to graduate students!

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Rock Your Research is a podcast created for you, the graduate student. If you are looking for inspiration, community, and advice on your PhD journey, then we have you covered. Each episode brings you an amazing academic or nonacademic, who shares their graduate school story. They talk about their biggest struggles and worst and best moments as graduate students. They also talk about their current career and the path they took to get there. The MINDFUL MINUTES ends the show with awesome resources that they use to stay productive and motivated. So join us on this journey and prepare to rock your research!

    028: Ivan struggled with focusing on a research area but found his research at the intersection of his two areas of passion biology and astronomy and landed an amazing postdoc at NASA.

    028: Ivan struggled with focusing on a research area but found his research at the intersection of his two areas of passion biology and astronomy and landed an amazing postdoc at NASA.

    Ivan struggled with focusing on a research area but found his research at the intersection of his two areas of passion biology and astronomy and landed an amazing postdoc at NASA.

    Ivan is a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center. His research is related to the evolution of radiation resistance in organisms. To learn more about Ivan and his research visit his NASA profile page.


    Biggest Struggle

    Focusing on one area of interest.

    Worst Moment

    Not having a good relationship with his adviser.

    Best Moment

    Getting into his PhD program.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit:  To do lists to manage tasks
    Book:   Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo
    Productivity Tool: Mendeley
    Best Advice:  Respect your results.
    Hobbies:  Soccer, bike, watch m ovies, and play chess
    Alternative PhD study:  Astronomy

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: ivan.g.paulinolima@nasa.gov
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    Intro and Outro Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music - Happy Rock

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    027: Richard was persistent in finishing his PhD and obtaining a tenure track research professor position!

    027: Richard was persistent in finishing his PhD and obtaining a tenure track research professor position!

    Richard was persistent in finishing his PhD and obtaining a tenure track research professor position!

    Dr. Richard Prather is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland in the Departmet of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. To learn more about Richard and his research visit his website.


    Biggest Struggle

    Figuring out what he wanted to do after finishing his PhD.

    Worst Moment

    The time period during his fourth year where his research wasn't going as fast as he hoped.

    Best Moment

    Becoming the expert on professional development among the graduate students in his department.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit:  Persistence
    Book:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    Productivity Tool: Mendeley
    Best Advice:  Read the Chronicle of Higher Education
    Hobbies:  Hanging out with his kids and playing french horn
    Alternative PhD study:  Math

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: dakob@usgs.gov
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    026: Denise struggled with self confidence but landed her perfect job as a researcher at the US Geological Survey.

    026: Denise struggled with self confidence but landed her perfect job as a researcher at the US Geological Survey.

    Denise struggled with self confidence but landed her perfect job as a researcher at the US Geological Survey. 

    Denise is a geomicrobiologist at the USGS! Her research focuses on how microorganisms impact their environment and biogeochemical cycles and how the environment impacts microorganisms. To learn more about Denise you can visit her USGS profile page.


    Biggest Struggle

    She struggled with having confidence in herself.

    Worst Moment

    When she was in the process of switching between labs she felt like she was going to be done with science.

    Best Moment

    Her defense because it is when everything came together.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit:  Being really organized and thinking creatively
    Book: (1) Aquatic Geomicrobiology  (2) Brock Biology of Microorganisms
    Productivity Tool: Google Calendar
    Best Advice:  Always think about all the scales at which your process interacts and don't put on blinders and just focus on the scale you are looking at for your study
    Hobbies:  Sew, knit, cooking, exercise, and gardening
    Alternative PhD study:   Art

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: dakob@usgs.gov
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    025: Leah overcame failing her first oral proposal defense to find work she loves at NEON

    025: Leah overcame failing her first oral proposal defense to find work she loves at NEON

    Leah is the supervising scientist of education and public engagement at NEON. Her research involves remote sensing and data informatics. To learn more about Leah take a look at her profile on the neon website


    Biggest Struggle

    She struggled with time management and work life balance because she worked full time during graduate school.

    Worst Moment

    She failed her initial dissertation proposal defense.

    Best Moment

    Her defense.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit:  Scheduling and time management
    Book:  Blogs specifically the rOpenSci blog
    Productivity Tool: Evernote and Wunderlist
    Best Advice:  Get out of your bubble and network!
    Hobbies:  Climbing, hiking, and anything outdoors
    Alternative PhD study:  Data Science

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: lwasser@neoninc.org
    rOpenSci
    Twitter
    Neon Data skills workshops
    Data Carpentry

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    • 47 min
    024: Jennifer overcame her nervous voice during presentation to land an amazing job co-managing multiple programs at the National Science Foundation.

    024: Jennifer overcame her nervous voice during presentation to land an amazing job co-managing multiple programs at the National Science Foundation.

    Jennifer overcame her nervous voice during presentation to land an amazing job co-managing multiple programs at the National Science Foundation.

    Jennifer is the co-manager of the National Science Foundation's Petrology and Geochemistry Program and she co-manages the GeoPRISMS Program.


    Biggest Struggle

    She has a wobbly uncertain voice when she gives a presentation.

    Worst Moment

    She failed her first round of written exams.

    Best Moment

    Having a friend using a separate method actually end up producing a map that ground-truthed her results and vice versa.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit:  Taking good notes!
    Book:  Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
    Productivity Tool: To do lists
    Best Advice:  There is life after grad school and it is different and wonderful.
    Hobbies:  Biking, baking, and photography.
    Alternative PhD study:  Marine Biologist

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: volcanojw@gmail.com
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    023: Vivian overcame her struggles with work life balance to choose a career that brought her closer to her family and the lifestyle she wanted to live while still pursuing her passion for science.

    023: Vivian overcame her struggles with work life balance to choose a career that brought her closer to her family and the lifestyle she wanted to live while still pursuing her passion for science.

    Vivian overcame her struggles with work life balance to choose a career that brought her closer to her family and the lifestyle she wanted to live while still pursuing her passion for science.

    Vivian is a freelance writer and contractor for the National Cancer Institute's Office of Communications. She is part of a team in charge of maintaining, writing, and editing the NCI Cancer Currents Blog. To learn more about Vivian check out her website.


    Biggest Struggle

    Managing work life balance and stress/depression.

    Worst Moment

    Having her adviser be disappointed in her candidacy exam even though she passed.

    Best Moment

    Getting a much needed piece of equipment from her adviser shortly after she realized it would make her experiment faster and easier.

    Mindful Minutes Segment

    Habit: Keeping detailed notes on her experiments and what she was thinking every morning for 15 to 30 minutes.
    Book:  Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker
    Productivity Tool: Gmail and Google Calendar
    Best Advice:  Enjoy the freedom that comes from being a grad student!
    Hobbies:  Running, swimming, riding horses, and spending time outside.
    Alternative PhD study:  Statistics because you can use it to answer many research questions.

    Contact Information and Resources

    Email: vcallier@gmail.com
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    Website
    NCI Cancer Currents Blog

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Customer Reviews

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What a great start

Love these interviews with helping grads getting their careers started. Nice flow and helpful for aspiring graduates. Keep them coming.

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A must for grad students

This podcast is perfect for grad students. It covers a wide range of information that you’ll be glad you learned. Looking forward to the next episode.

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