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Grad Chat

By PhD Balance
Grad Chat by PhD Balance highlights grad school experiences, especially the ones that may be harder to talk about in our day to day life. We have 4 rotating hosts: Linda Corcoran, Niba, Aidan Mowat and Liesl Krause! One of our hosts is joined each week by a special guest to talk about a different topic relating to their experiences in grad school!
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Tackling Academic Mental Health w/ Zoë Ayres
CW: This episode contains mentions of suicidal ideation   This week, we will be joined by Zoë Ayres, PhD (she/her). After spending several years in academia post-PhD, Zoë moved to industry and is now an analytical Senior Scientist in the water industry. She is also a mental health advocate in her spare time, working towards improving mental health in research settings, primarily focusing on academic mental health. She raises awareness of the common issues people face throughout academia through various campaigns, talks and initiatives, and is the author of the #academicmentalhealth poster series on Twitter. You can find her on Twitter (@ZJAyres) and find her posters on her website! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Grad Chat episodes are posted every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos!  Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Niba on Twitter: @NotesByNiba Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
26:41
January 08, 2022
Transitioning To A Postdoc w/ Ubadah Sabbagh, PhD & Kaela S. Singleton, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Ubadah Sabbagh, PhD (he/him) & Kaela S. Singleton, PhD (she/her)! Dr Kaela S. Singleton is a Black, Samoan, Queer developmental neuroscientist and postdoc in Dr Victor Faundez's lab at Emory University. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular signals that control neuron development in normal and disease states. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at Agnes Scott College and President-Elect and Co-Founder of Black In Neuro. Dr Ubadah Sabbagh is a neuroscientist at the McGovern Institute at MIT, where he is a postdoctoral associate in Dr Guoping Feng's laboratory. Dr Sabbagh attended community college for three years before transferring to the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology. He later earned his PhD in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health at Virginia Tech, where he studied connections between the eyes and the brain. Outside of the lab, Dr Sabbagh is heavily involved in science outreach, advocacy, and policy. He co-founded and serves on the Board of Black In Neuro and has written extensively on topics at the intersection of science and policy. Check out Dr Sabbagh's website for his full guide on How to find, apply for, and choose a postdoc. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Liesl on Twitter: @SourKrause94 Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
40:53
December 15, 2021
Recovering from Academic Abuse & Bullying w/ Dr Heloise Stevance
This week, we will be joined by Heloise Stevance, PhD (she/her).   Originally born and raised in France, Dr Stevance moved to the UK to study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. She earned her Masters of Physics in 2015 and her PhD in 2019. She is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland studying the evolution of massive stars to better understand how they die and produce Supernovae and Kilonovae. Outside research Heloise is passionate about public outreach. Find Heloise on Twitter (@sydonahi) or visit her website hfstevance.com. The two blog pieces Dr Stevance mentioned in the episode can be found on her website:  1. Switching PhD Advisor: The “Good”, The Bad And The Ugly 2. Advice From People Who Switched PhD Advisor. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
38:00
December 07, 2021
Navigating Academia as a Queer & Trans Person w/ Schuyler Borges
This week, we will be joined by Schuyler Borges (they/them). Schuyler is a 4th year PhD student in Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University. Their dissertation research focuses on astrobiology; specifically, they study Antarctic microbial mats as potential analogs for life on Mars and exoplanets. Over the course of their graduate experience, Schuyler has felt very alone as a result of their identities and values. As a result, they’ve been actively involved in numerous efforts to provide a support network for those with marginalized identities in STEMM including Thrive Lifeline, a trans-owned grass-roots crisis hotline staffed by and for marginalized people in STEMM.   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
46:06
November 02, 2021
Becoming a Mentor to Undergrad & Graduate Students w/ Zori Paul
This week, we will be joined by Zori Paul (she/her).  Zori is a clinical mental health counselor and doctoral candidate in counselor education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Currently, her research interests include bisexual+ women of color and identity affirmation, which she’s focusing her dissertation on. Zori is also one of the co-founders of @BlackInMH. For Zori, seeking and gaining both formal and informal mentorship throughout her academic career has helped her navigate academia's vast and often confusing world.  A full-text transcript is available via google doc. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Niba on Twitter: @NotesByNiba Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
30:12
October 19, 2021
Finding Balance between the PhD and Other Life Commitments w/ Bennett Collins
This week, we will be joined by Bennett Collins (he/him).  Bennett is a 4th-year international relations student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the co-founder of a small education think tank that develops climate change-based materials for formal and informal educators. Outside of this he loves working out and going on runs, playing dodgeball in his local gay dodgeball league, watching movies that inspire, scare, and/or make him think, practising languages, and being an active member in communities he holds dear to his heart.   A full-text transcript is available via google doc. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
39:40
October 05, 2021
Graduate Student Mental Health w/ Susanna Harris, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Susanna Harris, PhD (she/her) to talk about Graduate Student Mental Health. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. At the 37:30 mark, Liesl discusses a technique to calmly call out those who say inappropriate things in meetings. This technique of saying “ouch”, is meant to be used as a way for someone with power to bring attention to themselves and correct the situation, while keeping marginalized groups safe. We recognize that some organizations have misused this technique and not allowed the correcting portion of the technique to take place. We believe that using this technique in full with the original intent is still a valid method of standing up for others when you can. Join us every second Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Liesl on Twitter: @SourKrause94 Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
48:33
September 21, 2021
Power Abuse and Reporting w/ Marta Oliveira, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Marta Oliveira, PhD (she/her). During the PhD in Berlin, Marta crossed paths with a sexual harassment victim that fuelled her energy to engage in mental health advocacy and organizational culture/design. Her focusing was on the prevention and tackling of power abuse and improving the lives of graduate students and survivors of harassment and power abuse. Currently, she works with Dragonfly Mental health, delivers talks, and consults Universities and scientific institutes to help them improve their culture.  You can reach out to Marta at marta.oliveira.scientist@gmail.com for specific advice or with questions you might have. Or get in touch on Twitter (@Martaboliv) and LinkedIn. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us Saturdays at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
43:06
September 07, 2021
Starting Grad School after a Short Break from Higher Education w/ Silvi Di Pietro, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Silvina "Silvi" Di Pietro, PhD (she/her). Dr Silvina "Silvi" Dr Pietro is a postdoctoral graduate fellow within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in March of 2021 with a PhD in environmental chemistry. But her journey to grad school might be a bit different from some people's. Many go straight from undergrad to PhD or from undergrad to masters to PhD but Silvi decided to take a short break before going to grad school and she going to talk about that and what it was like starting grad school after that break. You can find her on Instagram (@silvidipietro) A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us Saturdays at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
32:01
August 31, 2021
Creating a Medium to Normalize Grad School Experiences w/ Monica Molinaro, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Monica Molinaro, PhD (she/her). Monica just defended her PhD at Western University on Thursday! Her research involved critically examining the caregiving narratives of pediatric oncology nurses. Through her dissertation research, Monica came to understand the importance of stories – how accessible they are, how powerful they can be, and how some stories hold more power than others. Monica also saw that graduate students all had stories about their experiences with their research, their graduate studies, as well as their lives outside of graduate school. She started two podcasts – first, the #Gradlife podcast on Gradcast, which is a medium for graduate students to talk about their experiences in the academy, and her own podcast, Humans of Grad School, where she talks with students who have been or are in graduate school about who they are, how they ended up where they are, and where they’d like to be.   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us Saturdays at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
35:23
August 24, 2021
The Importance of Hobbies During Grad School w/ Ariane Panzer
This week, we will be joined by Ariane Panzer (she/her).  Ariane Panzer is currently a 6th year PhD candidate. After working as a research technician for several years, she joined the Biomedical Sciences program at UC San Francisco. In her spare time, Ariane focuses on her other passions: science communication, equity and inclusion in the sciences, and open science. She also enjoys walks in the park with her dog Sophie, reading and discussing books with her book club, journaling, and recently has started watercolor painting. You can find Ariane on Twitter (@STEMbiosis).   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Liesl on Twitter: @SourKrause94 Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
30:18
August 03, 2021
Getting Involved in Grad School w/ Caitlyn Cardetti
This week, we will be joined by Caitlyn Cardetti (she/her). Caitlyn is currently a PhD candidate in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at Stoney Brook University in New York. As she is finishing her graduate school career, she has been reflecting a lot on her experiences and realized how influential getting involved in Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) and other extracurriculars have helped her succeed and she is here to talk about them today! You can find out more about Caitlyn on her Twitter (@CaitlynCardetti). A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Aidan on Twitter: @Aidan_Mowat Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
34:31
July 27, 2021
Self Advocacy as a Woman in Physics w/ Lipi Gupta, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Lipi Gupta, PhD (she/her). Lipi just defended her PhD in Physics 10 days ago from The University of Chicago!!! She is now headed into a software engineering-focused postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Being a woman in academia, STEM or research comes with its own challenges and self-advocating is necessary but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Lipi is here today to share her experiences on this! You can find her on Twitter (@_lipigupta) and LinkedIn! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Niba on Twitter: @NotesByNiba Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
40:03
July 20, 2021
Making Change for Disabled Grad Students & Academics w/ Haley Branch
This week, we will be joined by Haley Branch (she/her).  Haley is currently a PhD candidate in Botany at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Being a disabled person in the academy can be challenging but when you are in a discipline that includes fieldwork, like hers, there are additional barriers to navigate. Haley’s experiences have led her to found some new initiatives at her university, including a well-being initiative and the Disabled Graduate Student Association. In addition to this, she works as a graduate research assistant with the Equity and Inclusion Office at her university. You can find her on Twitter (@HaleyABranch)! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
47:48
July 13, 2021
Future Careers - A Panel on Careers Outside of Academia
BONUS episode - #PhDStrongerTogether presents Future Careers: A panel on careers outside of academia!    Our host Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) chats with Dr Andrea Hindman (AAAS Technology Fellow), Dr Camillia Monestime (Medical Writer), Dr Amanda Preske (Owner of Circuit Breaker), and Dr Paul Evans (Head of Scientific Training at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience) on how to break the barriers of academia post-grad school, and the many options students may not even consider when considering their future careers.   A full-text transcript of this panel is available via google doc. Check out the Stronger Together series on the PhD Balance website for more information and to check out this month's Stronger Together topic! You can also revisit all our past Stronger Together topics at any time - examples include Imposter Syndrome, Mental Health during a Crises, Work-Life Balance, Finding Your Academic Home, Mental Illness in Grad School and MUCH MORE! 
01:07:17
July 06, 2021
Parenting and Pregnancy in Grad School w/ Alexandra Bobb-Woodson
This week, we will be joined by Alexandra Bobb-Woodson (she/her). Alexandra (Allie) is currently a doctoral candidate in school psychology. She became a mom for the first time in 2014, two years after she failed out of undergrad. Allie returned to school when she found out she was expecting her 2nd child and has been going ever since! Parenting in graduate school has given her an interesting perspective on her work and has been the motivation for every big leap she takes! Find her on Instagram (@alexandrawdsn). A full-text transcript of the episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream and check out the PhD Balance YouTube Channel for all the videos! The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
38:40
June 22, 2021
Advisor Conflict & LGBTQ+ Mentorship w/ Abby Nissenbaum
This week, we will be joined by Abby Nissenbaum (she/her). Abby is an MBA candidate and a data analyst in Nashville, Tennessee. After refusing to falsify data as requested by her advisor, she received retaliation and was asked to leave her PhD in Social Psychology. Abby is ALSO a talented musician and singer currently working on a forthcoming single (coming out on June 18th!) and EP, centred on themes of harassment and abuse in academia, as well as mental health consequences. You can find Abby on Instagram (@abbynissenbaum) and Twitter (@abbynissenbaum)! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Niba on Twitter: @NotesByNiba Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
33:23
June 17, 2021
Navigating Post-PhD Unknowns w/ Stephanie Deppe, PhD
This week, we will be joined by Stephanie Deppe, PhD (she/her).  Stephanie is a science communicator with the Vera C Rubin Observatory! After completing her PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan in 2019, she decided to pursue a career in Science Communication and even though she had a lot of varied experiences in SciComm during her PhD, she still had a lot of career uncertainty going into post-PhD life. And to complicate things, the world went into a pandemic and Stephanie was also suffering from extreme burnout. You can find Stephanie on Instagram and Twitter (both @SpaceSciSteph) & also check out her work with the Vera C Rubin Observatory on Twitter (@VRubinObs) and Instagram (@rubin_observatory). A full-text transcript of the episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
42:50
June 15, 2021
Finding Your Voice in a Large Collaboration w/ Ben Davis-Purcell
This week's guest is Ben David-Purcell (he/him). Ben is a physics PhD candidate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He works on the ATLAS Experiment, based in CERN, Switzerland. ATLAS is an international collaboration with about 5000 members worldwide (Woah!) He's here to talk about finding your voice in a large collaboration. You can find Ben on Twitter at @BenDavisPurcell. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Aidan on Twitter: @Aidan_Mowat Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
48:10
June 01, 2021
Talking About Transitions w/ Fátima
This week's guest is Fátima (she/her/he/him)! Fátima is currently an assistant researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching ECR training spaces and developing mentor training interventions. She's going to be talking to us about all the transitions in her life so far! Find her on Twitter (@HappyStemCell)!  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Linda on Twitter: @LindaCCor Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
46:40
May 18, 2021
Leaving Grad School w/ Niba of NotesByNiba
BONUS episode - Leaving Grad School Conversation on Clubhouse hosted by Susanna Harris, PhD featuring Niba of NotesByNiba and Diana Klatt. Over 50% of people who start a PhD program leave without the degree. Why? Niba of NotesByNiba on YouTube talks about her experience of leaving Grad School as well as the experiences of those interviewed for her newest video 10 Stories on Leaving Grad School + Why I Left, which premiered on April 15th, 2021 on her YouTube! Niba (she/her) is a multimedia science communicator based in Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco, CA). She creates scientific content through articles, photos, social media, and primarily through science video hosting. She received a science film making fellowship from Jackson Wild and has created videos for platforms such as Stanford and Seeker. As a visible and invisible minority, Niba strives to be inclusive of all minority statuses. As a model turned scientist turned content creator, Niba explores the science in cosmetics, fashion, and skincare through YouTube and Instagram as @NotesByNiba. One of her favorite videos blends her Indian heritage, plants, and the science of henna body art. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Niba investigated the effects of climate change on crops and pursued diversity studies. Her graduate work at Duke researched the genetics, form, and function of plant roots. Find out more on Niba's Website. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Follow the host Susanna on Twitter: @SusannaLHarris
54:48
May 13, 2021
Bipolar II in Grad School w/ Kiara Sofia Vega Bellido
This week we will be joined by Kiara Sofia Vega Bellido (she/her). Kiara is a Neuroscience PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine studying the neuroplasticity underlying contextual fear memory in the Schaffer collateral synapse. Kiara joins us to discuss her experiences navigating Bipolar II in grad school.   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
40:11
May 04, 2021
Choosing an Advisor w/ Kyle M. Kabasares
This week, we will be joined by Kyle M. Kabasares (he/him).  Kyle is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where he studies supermassive black holes. Kyle completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of California, Merced where he worked on research projects in condensed matter physics. In addition, Kyle spent one summer as a NASA intern studying atmospheric science. A few months into his first year of grad school, Kyle realized that he was not truly committed to the research of the PhD program that accepted him. As a result, he decided to stay in Physics at UCI but change sub-fields. Kyle's search for a new PhD focus led him to interview multiple professors and graduate students in different areas of research at UCI. Ultimately, he decided to pursue research in his childhood interest in astrophysics. Follow Kyle on Twitter (@AstronoMisfit) and Instagram (@astronomisfit). A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
36:28
April 27, 2021
Leaving Grad School w/ Niba Nirmal
This week, we will be joined by Niba Nirmal (she/her). Niba's video, 10 Stories on Leaving Grad School + Why I Left premiered on April 15th, 2021!  "Last year, I made a choice to leave Duke University -- not with a PhD as I had originally planned, with a masters degree. Though it was the right choice for me, I was not prepared for the backlash of that decision. Leaving has a weird stigma around leaving and assumptions about being able to “succeed” or not being "smart enough".  In dealing with the repercussions of my decision, I felt alone and reached out to others who had left to learn from their experience. This video is their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on leaving."  - Niba   Niba is a multimedia science communicator based in Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco, CA). Niba creates scientific content through articles, photos, social media, and primarily through science video hosting. She received a science film making fellowship from Jackson Wild and has created videos for platforms such as Stanford and Seeker. As a visible and invisible minority, Niba strives to be inclusive of all minority statuses.As a model turned scientist turned content creator, Niba explores the science in cosmetics, fashion, and skincare through YouTube and Instagram as @NotesByNiba. One of her favorite videos blends her Indian heritage, plants, and the science of henna body art. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Niba investigated the effects of climate change on crops and pursued diversity studies. Her graduate work at Duke researched the genetics, form, and function of plant roots. Find out more on Niba's Website. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
37:49
April 20, 2021
Building a Community Around Mental Illness w/ Dr Susanna Harris
PhD Balance is celebrating its 3rd anniversary! In this special Grad Chat, we'll talk with founder Dr Susanna Harris (she/her) about the PhD Balance journey thus far, and the launch of the PhD Balance speaking team!  Check out the PhD Balance website for more info about our speaking event services! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
45:26
April 05, 2021
Reporting in Academia w/ Dr Dessie Clark
This week we will be joined by Dr Dessie Clark (she/her)! Dessie completed her PhD in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University in 2020. Her doctoral work focused on evaluating community-based programs and organizations that serve survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). As such, Dessie is passionate about supporting those who have experienced discrimination, harassment, or abuse. Dessie is currently the Research Collaboration Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts’ ADVANCE Program. In this role, she focuses on institutional transformation by cultivating faculty equity, inclusion, and success, specifically for women and BIPOC faculty in STEM fields. During Dessie's PhD, she reported complaints against her advisor including discrimination and harassment based on her disability (ADHD), stalking, research misconduct, human-subjects noncompliance, financial misspending, retaliation, and violations of her right to privacy under FERPA. She spent time reporting these issues within her institution and to other oversight bodies within the federal government. Dessie ended-up leaving her advisor, changing departments, and eventually graduating with her PhD, but not without learning a lot along the way. Since sharing her story, Dessie receives many messages and emails for help from graduate students who are navigating similar issues and are looking for advice. You can find out more about Dessie on her Twitter (@dessielclark) and Instagram (@dessieleec) accounts. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
35:53
March 23, 2021
Sense of Belonging in Grad School w/ Dr Chrissy Stachl
This week we will be joined by Dr Chrissy Stachl (she/her/ella)! Chrissy earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020. She is now the Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity at the Center for Genetically Encoded Materials. Chrissy started her PhD in physical chemistry, as one of only a few Latinx students in her department of over 400 graduate students. Her experiences during the first two years of her program motivated her to find ways to diversity her department and make it more inclusive. After launching a longitudinal study of her department’s academic climate, Chrissy switched into a chemistry education group and spent the rest of her PhD studying sense of belonging and the role it plays within academic culture. You can find out more about Chrissy on her Twitter (@ChrissyStachl) and Instagram (@chrissystachl) accounts! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
36:28
March 16, 2021
Navigating Legal Status During Grad School w/ Sameera Nayak
This week we will be joined by Sameera Nayak (she/her).  Sameera is a PhD candidate in Population Health in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and a graduate researcher at the Institute for Health Equity & Social Justice Research at Northeastern University. Sameera has a background in Clinical Psychology, and she's a proud alumna of UCLA & Columbia University! Sameera's research is in social epidemiology, more specifically in the social & political determinants of health & health inequities. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand the health and experiences of women, children, and families. Sameera has conducted research globally in East Africa as well as domestically in the US. Sameera first came to the US in 2010 as an international student from India and has spent the last decade navigating the complicated US immigration system. On this week’s episode of Grad Chat, Sameera will discuss the challenges of navigating status during graduate school, the heterogeneity of immigrants in the US, the intersections of mental health & immigration, and how her own personal experiences catalyzed her interest in making immigration the focus of her research!   A full-text transcript of this episodes is available via google doc.   Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the YouTube live stream where we talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. The podcast episodes are posted the Tuesday after the live stream!  Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
37:21
March 02, 2021
Black Mental Health Matters w/ Brianna Baker
This week we will be joined by Brianna Baker (she/her), co-founder of Black In Mental Health. Brianna is a first-year Counseling Psychology PhD student at Columbia University's Teachers College studying intersectional approaches to mental health and wellness at the individual, community, and policy level. In 2019, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad with a double major in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies where she created her own public health major on African American Community Health and Wellness. Brianna started a YouTube Channel called "Becoming Dr Baker" in 2020 to provide educational videos about Black mental health, increasing representation in the academy, and mental health activism.   Learn more about Black In Mental Health on Twitter (@BlackInMH) and check out their other work via their linktree. Find Brianna on social media, Twitter (@briannaabaker), YouTube (Becoming Dr Baker), Instagram (@becomingdrbaker) or visit her website. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT to talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host Fay on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
29:57
February 23, 2021
Student Wellbeing in Higher Education w/ Layne Scherer
This week we will be joined by Layne Scherer (she/her). Layne is a senior program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she works for the Board on Higher Education and Workforce. Layne recently led an expert committee on the report, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Supporting the Whole Student. She also had the opportunity to lead the report, Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, released in 2018. Layne cares deeply about higher education policy, the research enterprise, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to her time at the National Academies, she worked at the National Science Foundation in their directorate for education and human resources.  Layne experiences ADHD, anxiety, depression, and ongoing focus issues related to multiple concussions. In Fall 2020, she took a 3-month leave of absence from work to take time to address her mental health issues. During this time, she was working on a mental health report while experiencing some of the worst symptoms of her life.  Layne has also been in the process of exploring multiple identities in her early 30s: adopted, disabled, and queer. During this chat, we will discuss higher education, mental health, student well-being, and identity. Find Layne on Twitter (@LayneScherer). A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT to talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
39:27
February 16, 2021
Making STEM Accessible for Underrepresented Scientists w/ Co-founders of Científico Latino
How can we make STEM accessible for underrepresented scientists? Join us as we chat with the co-founders of Cientifico Latino, Dr Robert Fernandez (@latinodeciencia) and Olivia Goldman (@oliwiagoldman)!  "Científico Latino is a volunteer-run grassroots STEM organization dedicated to increasing the pool of underrepresented scientists by creating a platform where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status—has equal access to opportunities and guidance to become successful STEM professionals.  Last year, we started our graduate student mentorship program (GSMI) to help underrepresented scientists navigate the hidden curriculum of graduate school applications. As part of this program, our scholars are paired with science professionals that provide feedback on all aspects of their graduate school application, access to webinars on demystifying the graduate school application process, one-on-one mock interviews, and a community of mentors and scholars in STEM. We have also generated open-access STEM resources from the high school to graduate level, to help students find summer research programs, fellowships, post-bac programs, and graduate school visit weekends. Our open-access resources and programs are only possible through the dedication of our amazing Científico Latino team, composed of STEM professionals across several universities, who are passionate about changing the narrative and enabling underrepresented scientists to succeed in STEM."   Learn more about Cientifico Latino through their website and follow them on Twitter (@cientificolatin) and Instagram (@cientificolatino) A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT to talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
36:16
February 08, 2021
Managing Finances During Your PhD w/ Dr Emily Roberts
What do taxes, money management, investing, student loans, and more mean, while you're going through a PhD program? This week we will be joined by Dr Emily Roberts. Emily earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke in 2014. After realizing that her peers had a great need for financial education and support that was not being met by the universities or financial services industry, Emily started her business, Personal Finance for PhDs, shortly after defending.  Through Personal Finance for PhDs, Emily gives webinars for universities, hosts a podcast, coaches individuals and small groups, creates courses and workshops for individuals, and runs a community. Emily encourages you to join her mailing list. If you do so through this link, and you’ll receive a PDF that details five ways you can improve your finances today as a graduate student or postdoc. To learn more, follow Emily on Twitter (@PFforPhDs) and check out the Personal Finance for PhDs website. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT to talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
34:44
February 08, 2021
Qualities of a Great Mentor w/ Dr Darryl Boyd
This week, we will be joined by Dr Darryl Boyd (he/him) AKA Dr Boyd "The Chemist." Darryl is a Research Chemist at the US Naval Research Lab (NRL) in Washington, DC, and the co-founder of Science Made Simple LLC, which is STEM Outreach Company he started with his wife.   "There are so many “terrible mentor” stories that I’d like to share my many positive experiences that I’ve had with various mentors.  I’ll also be imparting what positive qualities I think these mentors displayed.  The end goal is to help people identify mentors that will get the best out of their mentees.  It has been a decade since I was in grad school, but since earning my PhD, I have frequently visited Colleges & Universities throughout the country to discuss my experiences with students at those institutions.  So I hope my perspectives are helpful to everyone. I’m both honored and excited to be joining the chat.  See you there!" - Dr Boyd "The Chemist"   Darryl runs a STEM-focused YouTube channel that is meant to give simple explanations for fun, hands-on science experiments. Check it out here. Follow Darryl on social media: Twitter: @DrBoyd_Chemist & Instagram: @sciencemadesimple_llc   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
37:10
February 07, 2021
Meet PhD Balance's New President w/ Liesl Krause
PhD Balance continues to grow and our efforts to support academic mental health are constantly evolving. In this Grad Chat, we are so excited to welcome our new president, Liesl Krause! Liesl Krause is a third-year PhD candidate at Purdue University Polytechnic. She is currently studying graduate student mental health, especially as it relates to their advisor and online support systems. Previously, she obtained her bachelors in electrical engineering from Villanova University and her masters in biomedical engineering from Purdue. Liesl is excited to be the next president of PhD Balance and hopes to expand the resources the organization can provide to graduate students internationally. In her free time, Liesl is learning how to train dogs through positive reinforcement behavior modification. She also enjoys going on runs, hiking, crafting and reading. Follow Liesl on Twitter @SourKrause94   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our guest host Fay Lin on Twitter: @xiaofei_lin Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
22:10
February 07, 2021
Virtual Grad School Interviews w/ Dr Joshua Hall
What can we expect for graduate school interviews in 2021? Finding the right grad program has always been intimidating, but students have even less of an idea of what to expect for this year's rounds of interviews.  This week, we will be joined by Dr Joshua Hall (he/him). Josh is the Director Of Graduate Admissions for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) in the Office of Graduate Education at UNC School of Medicine. BBSP is an umbrella admissions mechanism and first-year training program for 14 biomedical PhD programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. Each year BBSP recruits a class of 85-95 biomedical PhD students. Josh will be here to answer your questions about dealing with virtual interviews this year, as well as give some basic guidance about how to keep your cool and make a great impression. Hello PhD Podcast, run by Drs. Joshua Hall and Daniel Arneman takes a casual approach to help students, postdocs, faculty and scientists navigate the hard questions they face. Find them online or follow them on Twitter at @HelloPhD- The podcast is available for download across all major streaming platforms! Follow Josh on Twitter: @JDHallPhD To learn EVEN MORE about how to ace your virtual grad school interview, check out Episode 146 of Hello PhD here! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our guest host Jaedyn on Twitter: @JaedynRuli   Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
31:16
February 07, 2021
Speaking Out in Academia w/ Jaclyn Siegel
CW: Mentions of Eating Disorders This week, we will be joined by Jaclyn Siegel (she/her) (@jacasiegel). Jaclyn is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at Western University, where she holds a doctoral fellowship in the Network for Economic and Social Trends. Jaclyn is a feminist social psychologist, and her research spans a variety of topics related to gender, sexuality, stigma, social justice, and mental health. Before entering her PhD program in 2017, Jaclyn faced the challenges of her mother's ALS diagnosis while fighting an eating disorder.   "I let myself lean into healing my relationship with my body and unlearning how to be a 'good woman.' I practiced being angry and taking up space. It made other people feel uncomfortable. It made me feel powerful...I continued speaking up, asking questions, and interrogating norms and expectations in academia, and I earned a reputation as a “mouthy feminist,” a title I wear with pride." - Jaclyn Siegel  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
41:14
February 06, 2021
Disability Advocacy in STEM w/ Ariana Castillo
This week, we will be joined by Ariana Castillo (she/her/ella) (@ArianaElena97). Ariana is a Disabled, Latinx PhD student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University with a focus on atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. She also does part-time research at NASA Langley Research Center studying wildfire emissions. Ariana was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, panic, and bipolar disorders in the middle of undergrad. From withdrawing due to her life-threatening illnesses and an attempt on her life to interning at NASA, applying to graduate school, and graduating late, her unconventional journey has opened her eyes to ableism, elitism, and racism in academia.  Check out Ariana's Mental Health/Disability Twitter: @DisMHMatters A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
44:25
February 05, 2021
Repeated Disruptions in Grad School w/ Dr Prerana Sabnis
How do we thrive in grad school among repeated disruptions?  This week, we will be joined by Dr Prerana Sabnis (she/her) (@preranasabnis). Prerana's PhD program was an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate hosted by 5 universities in Italy, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, and the UK. From the beginning, Prerana expected her PhD to be disrupted by a few moves. However, she did not anticipate countless additional disruptions, such as a complete change in PhD topic, a painful heartbreak, her mother's cancer diagnosis, carer responsibilities, burnout, depression, anxiety, and 9 international moves in 3.5 years. All this while being an international student with a constantly changing social support system. Tune in hear her story and tips for managing disruptions in grad school.   A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
35:55
February 04, 2021
Effective Teaching & Learning Environments w/ Graham H. Read
How can we work to establish effective and inclusive teaching and learning environments (especially during pandemic conditions)? This week, we will be joined by Graham H. Read (he/him). Graham is a PhD candidate in Radiation Biology at UCLA, as well as the chair of the Graduate Program in Biosciences (GPB) Mental Health Committee, a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and one of the TA Coordinators for the Life Sciences Core. He is also an Undergraduate Research Mentor at the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences, where he runs workshops to teach research-based skills to undergraduates. In the lab, Graham is a proud mentor to four terrific students- one from each class year! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
37:26
February 03, 2021
Establishing Mental Health Literacy in Academia w/ Dr Wendy Marie Ingram
CW: Mentions of Suicide This week, we will be joined by Dr Wendy Marie Ingram (@pyromanticism) (she/her). Wendy did her PhD at UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology and her postdoc at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Psychiatric Epidemiology. Her research focuses on understanding psychiatric illness from molecules to populations  CW. Suicide.  Wendy's mental health advocacy is highly personal. In addition to her own struggle with mental health, Wendy tragically learned that she was not alone. In 2013, Wendy's research community at Berkeley was devastated by the loss of a classmate to suicide and depression.   Wendy founded a nonprofit called Dragonfly Mental Health. Dragonfly is dedicated to cultivating excellent mental health among academics worldwide. They are a volunteer-driven global consortium that develops, deploys, and researches evidence-based approaches to improve mental health among academics. Visit their website to learn more!  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
45:27
February 03, 2021
Navigating Career Uncertainty w/ Dr Nick Edwards
This week, we will be joined by Nick Edwards (@Nick__Edwards) (he/him).   Nick did a PhD and postdoc in Neuroscience. As an undergrad, Nick decided to become a neuroscientist to contribute to the understanding and treatment of mental health. His interest in mental health largely stems from watching his mom struggle from severe bipolar disorder, and his own experience with ADHD.   During his postdoc, Nick helped a friend start a company and volunteered to evaluate startups for an angel investing group (mostly at night after lab). These experiences convinced Nick that he could potentially make a real-world impact on important issues through business. Since that time, Nick has pursued a career in consulting at BCG, and commercial strategy at Illumina.  Nick runs a podcast, called Once a Scientist, which shares the stories of people who have made the transition into various industries, and other important topics (on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc).  Check them out on Twitter and Instagram @_OnceaScientist   Check out Fay and Nick's episode of Once a Scientist here! A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream! The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! Follow our host on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)   Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
41:29
February 02, 2021
Becoming Disabled During Grad School w/ Krystal Vasquez
This week, we will be joined by Krystal Vasquez (@CaffeinatedKrys) (she/her).   Krystal is a PhD candidate in Atmospheric Chemistry at Caltech. Due to a genetic condition, Krystal's health took a turn for the worst during her 3rd year of grad school. The stark difference between her experiences before and after identifying as disabled led Krystal to advocate for increased accessibility in academia (especially within the STEM disciplines) and the inclusion of disabled voices in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  As a part of these efforts, Krystal runs the blog "Chronically Invisible" which works to highlight all the disabled scientists you never learned about in your textbooks. She also co-founded the Caltech Disability Coalition, which is the university’s first disability-related organization. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
37:08
January 28, 2021
Diversity and Inclusion in Quantum w/ Abe Asfaw
This week, we will be joined by Abe Asfaw (@abe_asfaw) (he/him).  Abe is completing his PhD at Princeton University focusing on experimental quantum computation. His research has three focus areas: stabilizing magnetic fields for quantum computers based on electron spins, pulsed electron spin resonance experiments using superconducting resonators fabricated from materials with high kinetic inductance, and transport measurements of electrons floating on shallow superfluid helium. He also serves on the board of the Ethiopian Physics Society in North America, with the goal of promoting physics education and research among Ethiopians in Ethiopia and North America.   Here is a link to the demo. Abe got the results back from the quantum computer, so you can see how the quantum computer gave us back results.  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc.  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
36:03
January 28, 2021
Navigating a Career Path w/ Dr Matthew Facciani
How can we navigate the job market right after graduation? Is it important to practice self-care when searching for a job? What is the interview process like?   This week, we will be joined by Dr Matthew Facciani (@MatthewFacciani) (he/him). Matthew is a postdoc researcher at Vanderbilt University who just graduated with a PhD in sociology from the University of South Carolina this summer. Before that, he was in a different PhD program studying cognitive neuroscience before changing fields. He is studying how different social factors impact the health of LGBTQ individuals, while his dissertation was on political polarization and misinformation. Matthew's goal is to become a professor someday, even though that is such a challenge with the current job market. Outside of academia, he is passionate about science communication and social justice activism. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
41:13
January 27, 2021
Changing Incentive Structures w/ Dr Rob Brown
What are the incentive structures of graduate education and academia? Can these incentive structures improve to better support the career goals, personal/intellectual development, and wellness of graduate students?  This week, we will be joined by Dr Rob Brown (@RobertPaulBrown) (he/him). Rob is a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA working on computational genetics and medicine. Rob is the co-founder of Big Bio (@bigbiotweets), an organization that provides training to a wider range of student researchers via online tutorials on various biological concepts. Over his last 9 years of grad school and postdoc research, Rob has been involved in many non-research initiatives supporting mentorship and wellness in graduate education.  To find out more about Big Bio, visit their webpage. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
39:11
January 19, 2021
International Students and Culture w/ Anwesha Dasgupta
This week, we will be joined by Anwesha Dasgupta (@AnweshaDG) (she/her). Anwesha is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the Department of Biochemistry. Anwesha lived in southern and western parts of India before moving to Knoxville for her PhD. During this chat, Anwesha will share her experiences as an international student while navigating significant personal loss and mental health struggle. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
38:07
January 18, 2021
Seeking Professional Help w/ Dr Brittany Uhlorn
CW: Mentions of Eating Disorders/Anorexia Seeking professional help is an extremely valuable way to address mental health struggle. What does the process of seeking professional help look like? What are the challenges? How do we seek professional help amidst rampant mental health stigma?   This week, we will be joined by Dr Brittany Uhlorn (@BrittanyUhlorn) (she/her). Brittany recently finished her PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing a career as a science writer. After developing an eating disorder in grad school, Brittany is here to share her journey navigating recovery among mental health stigma, and how professional help was the right fit for her lifelong wellbeing. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
40:14
January 17, 2021
Neurodiversity/Disabilities in STEM w/ Linda Corcoran
Ableism is present in academia. How can research students access support and tackle internalized ableism and perfectionism? How can we be an advocate for all disabled people?   This week, we will be joined by Linda Corcoran (@LindaCCor) (she/they) who is a Teagasc Walsh Scholar/MSc Research Student studying food science in Dublin, Ireland. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
41:25
January 17, 2021
Living in Another Country w/ Gülsün Demirezen
This week, we will be joined by Gülsün Demirezen (she/her). Gülsün was born and raised in Turkey. She is currently a Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Gülsün will soon be completing four years as an international student in Canada. We'll be chatting about the challenges and joys of living in another country as a student, as well as Gülsün's experiences as a woman from a developing country, and a woman in STEM. A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
39:45
January 13, 2021
Processing Grief w/ Janay Franklin
Processing grief is a challenge by itself. How can we navigate processing grief in grad school?   This week, we will be joined by Janay Franklin (she/her), who is currently pursuing her PhD in Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill. After losing two loved ones during grad school, Janay is here to chat about her experiences processing grief during a PhD. You can follow Janay on Twitter at @justbe_frank A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
29:04
January 13, 2021
International Students and Being Abroad w/ Thiago Arzua
Getting through grad school has its challenges. How are those challenges compounded with moving to a new country? Let's chat about the international student experience and being abroad.   This week, we will be joined by Thiago Arzua (he/him), a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Thiago was born and raised in Brazil. In August, he will be completing his 8th year as an international student in the US. You can follow Thiago on Twitter at @thiagoarzua  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc! Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
39:15
January 13, 2021
Standing Up For Yourself w/ Nour
From advisors to peers to society at large, we are often confronted with difficult situations and toxic environments. How can we stand up for ourselves through all of this, especially as trainees in a system like Academia? A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc  This week, we will be joined by Nour (she/her), a Postdoc and Neuropharmacologist at Yale. You can follow Nour on Twitter at @Nouronal   Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice. Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat!
49:14
January 13, 2021
Difficult Discussions w/ Rob Ulrich
How can we talk about taboo topics in Academia? From mental health to relationships to trauma, what can grad students do to both express and protect themselves?  A full-text transcript of this episode is available via google doc. This week, we will be joined by Rob Ulrich (he/him or they/them), a PhD student in Biogeochemistry and the co-founder of Queers in STEM.  Find Rob on Twitter at @robertnulrich  Join us each Saturday at 3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT for the Youtube live stream!  The podcast will be posted each Tuesday! Grad Chat focuses on maintaining mental health and balance in grad school.  Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice.   Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin)  & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat! 
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January 13, 2021
Adapting to Change
The world changes. Our research changes. We change. So how can we learn to maintain momentum in grad school, even as we are forced to pivot? Can we create plans, or do we have to accept that everything is out of our control?   A full transcript is available as a google doc Join us each Saturday at 3pm EDT/ 12pm PDT on Youtube live to talk about maintaining mental health and balance in grad school. Podcast posted each Tuesday! A casual discussion between a current and a recent graduate student about all things mental and personal health. Not medical or professional advice.   Follow our hosts on Twitter: Fay Lin @xiaofei_lin Susanna Harris @SusannaLHarris  Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form!
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January 12, 2021
Self-Reflection in Grad School
How can we look at ourselves with empathy and compassion while still finding areas for improvement? Does this help us to succeed?  Full transcript available as a google doc  Grad Chat is live-streamed each Saturday (with occasional breaks) at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT/ 8pm GMT on Youtube! Each episode is processed into an audio podcast with a transcript so you can enjoy it whenever it suits you!  Not medical or professional advice.   Follow our hosts Fay Lin (@xiaofei_lin) & Susanna Harris (@SusannaLHarris) on Twitter Check out the PhD Balance website for more info on Grad Chat! Want to be a guest or know somebody we should be talking to? Fill out our google form!
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January 12, 2021