About Me, Misc, Philosophy

Returning to my pre-grad school interests

Grad school sucked up a lot of my time and energy. At one year from my defense, and 8 months from graduation, I'm ready to get back into some of the things that made me happy. Music Pre grad school, and even pre college, I played violin, clarinet, and piano pretty regularly. I've been practicing,… Continue reading Returning to my pre-grad school interests

Math Modeling, Misc, Young Modelers

Online Community for Modelers: Modeling and Beyond

MODELERS FACE A VARIETY OF CHALLENGES. Although the usefulness and appreciation of modeling as a field is always increasing, modelers today often experience a few setbacks. We often teach ourselves difficult concepts in an effort to innovate along any of the fields we operate in (coding, math, biology, statistics). We may complete our degrees in… Continue reading Online Community for Modelers: Modeling and Beyond

Misc, Opinion

Four Tips on Dealing with Rejection

Awhile back I wrote about how I obsessively applied to every opportunity that I was even remotely eligible for and tracked my success and failures over the years. I know that part of the problem with applying for things comes from a disbelief that you could actually be selected for something. That might come from… Continue reading Four Tips on Dealing with Rejection

Data analysis, Misc, Opinion

Application Statistics: PhD Student to Postdoc

In 2017 I was halfway through my PhD and frustrated with the opportunities available to me at my home institution. Conferences were rarely held even far away, and no travel funding. I thought even if I did apply, I would probably get rejected anyway. Apparently that mentality is common in women. So I started applying… Continue reading Application Statistics: PhD Student to Postdoc

Misc, Opinion

Preparing for grad school

You'll always worry about being smart enough, clever enough, reading and writing enough. You can always do remedial classes (I did and wow is it easier than when I was a freshman). Here's some things that might help you prepare for the hard parts of grad school. Therapist Absolutely necessary. Have you seen the data… Continue reading Preparing for grad school

Misc, Opinion

Happy New Year!

Last year was very eventful for me. I've been a bit busy to write many blog posts but I'm ready to get back into it. Over the next year I'll be writing about my experiences in grad school, postdoc, and the transition; as well as some of the projects I've been working on and coding… Continue reading Happy New Year!

Misc, Visualization

Guest post: Who am I?

a chemist Or at least that’s what I’d probably say if you caught me on the street. Fact is, for modern scientists, there can be a painstakingly high degree of specialization, minutiae, and technical training entangled with their work. Some areas of science are somewhat relatable due to the high amount of news coverage –… Continue reading Guest post: Who am I?

Biology, Computation, Data analysis, Math Modeling, Misc, Statistics, Visualization

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Misc

6 steps to reducing anxiety through task management in graduate school

Anxiety is tricky to control because we often feel like obsessing over what can go wrong can help us respond in the many possible events. To reduce anxiety, you need to stop this thought process. This can be difficult in graduate school because of the large number and variety of tasks required for success. After… Continue reading 6 steps to reducing anxiety through task management in graduate school

Computation, Data analysis, Misc, Statistics

Random Chance in Settlers of Catan

Games of chance are often people’s first exposure to statistics. Settlers of Catan is a game that revolves around the probability distribution of two independent 6-sided die rolls. The game consists of hexagons with one of four possible resources available. These hexagons are normally in a random configuration. Each hexagon receives a random number token.… Continue reading Random Chance in Settlers of Catan