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๐Ÿšจ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐™ค๐™› '๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™’๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™– ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง'

๐Ÿ“ˆ This week we focus on 'Writing the Results Section'

โœ… Let's get straight into it...


#AcademicTwitter #phdchat #phdadvice
1/ โ“๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ?

๐Ÿ“Œ The results section represents the core findings of a study

๐Ÿง The data presented should help answer your research questions
2/ โœ… ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ:

โ–ถ๏ธKeep it concise
โ–ถ๏ธPresent data in a logical fashion ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป
โ–ถ๏ธAdd diagrams & charts ๐Ÿ“ˆ
โ–ถ๏ธTriple check your data is accurate & consistent โœ…
โ–ถ๏ธUse sub-headings - make it easy for your reader ๐Ÿ˜€
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Grad students! I want to give you a couple words of advice about finding postdoc positions. (Having just advertised a postdoc position, I am noticing some patterns, and perhaps not everybody is getting the mentoring they need when it comes to finding a postdoc position). Thread..
1) If you are interested in working at a particular lab, you do not need to wait that lab to advertise a postdoc position. Get in touch with the PI, tell them why you are interested, and ask if there are any opportunities at their lab. If they like you, they are likely able to...
...find a way to hire you. Maybe they have some extra funds to support you until you get your own fellowships. Maybe they are willing to help you apply for fellowships. So don't just wait for jobs to be advertised. Be proactive.
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1. #phd Vivas are scary, preparation is key. Inspired by a recent pre #viva chat, here are some of the questions I prepped which massively help me during the #Defence, the questions, goal and comments included.

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #AcademicChatter #phdadvice #phdchat Image
2. Who are your examiners? What's their background, field of initial & #doctoral degree? What have they published? Any special notes on their history? (Industry background, Preference for a specific method).

I tabled this for quick reference to frame any specific questions. Image
3. A key question format learned from the amazing @SMARTlab program was the "Swiss Cheese" question. A question looking to talk about a similar but different area of research!

This is common when examiners are from closely related but different fields. Image
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By request, today I'm going to talk about CV's: what they are, why they're important, and how to construct them.

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhDVoice #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat #firstgen #gradschool #phdadvice
A CV (curriculum vitae, or โ€œcourse of lifeโ€ in Latin) is essentially a comprehensive summary of your work, education, and professional accomplishments. Thus, CVโ€™s tend to be quite a bit longer than resumes.

Some grad school apps will directly ask you to upload/attach your CV.
Others might not ask explicitly for your CV, but the sections on the application will almost surely be sections that would already exist on your CV, so itโ€™s extremely helpful to have your CV ready to refer to. CV's are also essential for applying to jobs/grants/etc., so...
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Last year, I stumbled blindly into the treacherous void that is #gradschool admissions. Mercifully, I made it out and learned a LOT along the way.
As this cycle opens, I want to offer all the help I can.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat #phdadvice #firstgen
*I'M NO EXPERT*, but my hope for this endeavor is to make this process a bit easier for others than it was for meโ€“a nontraditional, first-gen PhD applicant who had no idea what I was doing or what questions to ask. So please take everything I say with a reasonable amount of salt.
From now until ~January, I'll be tweeting regularly about various aspects of applying to grad school, including but not limited to handling application costs, personal statements, CV's, interviews, and choosing supervisors. I'll also include personal anecdotes, mistakes I made...
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Iโ€™ve been thinking (a dangerous past time, I know). If youโ€™ve been brainwashed into thinking Black (or other POC) are less apt to excel in academia, Iโ€™ll opine on the most important characteristics for success in academia. Not mind blowing but ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. #AcademicChatter #phdadvice
If I were to look for students to take on, Iโ€™d look for these characteristics: Persistence, curiosity, ability to see the big picture, attention to detail, ability to scaffold a big project into small parts, emotional maturity.
You donโ€™t have to be the smartest. You donโ€™t have to be the fastest. Natural gifts only get you so far. At some point, you have to put work in. You can either accept that and do the work or you can struggle and give up.
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Qualitative research tip (a thread):

1. If you really want to be a stellar qualitative researcher, one of the most important skills you'd have to cultivate and sharpen, especially if you want to work with people, is to learn to listen deeply. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
2. This means not thinking about the question you will ask next, or how what the person is saying fits with your study or not. It means staying so present that the person knows that for those moments, there is nothing more important in your life than listening to them. #phdlife
3. Forget everything you learned in school, all processes that you read in a textbook. Nothing matters than your genuine presence in bearing witness to a fellow human being's sharing of narratives. This is how you build trust and cultivate a sincere relationship. #highered
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PSA for funded #PhD students:

If you blindly throw the numbers from your Form 1098-T into tax software or over to a tax preparer, odds are that you are paying TOO MUCH in income tax.

No #gradstudent can afford to do that!

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool

Of course, I canโ€™t say this is true for everyone, but Iโ€™ve seen it time and time again for fully funded graduate students, particularly those whose student health fees and insurance premiums are paid on their behalf.

Hereโ€™s why:

The IRS allows you to use your โ€œqualified education expensesโ€ (QEEs) e.g., tuition and some fees/expenses, to reduce your tax liability through 1 or 2 education tax benefits.

But what shows up on Form 1098-T in Box 1 is not (necessarily) the sum of your QEEs.

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As weโ€™re in the middle of academic job hunting season, hereโ€™s what Iโ€™ve been doing to search & apply for jobs, & handle the stress. Disclaimer: I am a postdoc on the TT job market, so ultimate validation of these strategies is still unclear. Also your mileage WILL vary
More evidence Iโ€™m a scientist to my core: Iโ€™ve been collecting/analyzing data on total # of jobs posted & jobs I could apply for within several fields (yay interdisciplinarity!) for >3 years. Last year I did a test run, prepared my documents & applied to a few jobs.
This test run helped me immensely to know at least what the process was & start getting my application package together. These documents are like a grant. I spent >100 hours on mine altogether. Then I let them sit & revisited them this June/July. That 5 month break from them
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I use interviews as an educational opportunityโ€”for me and a future #UndergradInTheLab. I start each interview by saying, โ€œYouโ€™re already qualified for this position-- after all youโ€™re in college.โ€ Then I focus on learning about them.

@NewPI_Slack My interview goals are to determine

1) If the student is genuinely interested in the available research project

2) If they will likely achieve their goals through the overall experience

#ScienceTwitter #AcademicTwitter
@NewPI_Slack Determining these, however, can be complicated. Often, students donโ€™t have a well-defined goal beyond landing an undergrad research position. Or sometimes they have unrealistic expectations of what research will be like & what theyโ€™ll accomplish in a semester.

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Do you feel anxious about submitting your work to a peer-reviewed journal? Most of us grapple with internal voices that cast doubt on our work. Hereโ€™s one of my favorite ways to overcome that fearโ€”hope it helps you! #AcademicTwitter #phdadvice 1
Itโ€™s a really simple โ€œstaggeringโ€ process. You just need two papers that are at different stages of the writing / rewriting process. 2 #AcademicTwitter #phdadvice
Paper 1 should be close to submission. How do you know? Maybe your committee or colleagues have suggested itโ€™s close, or you have hit a wall & canโ€™t figure out next steps (but feel proud of the paper & think there is a real contribution) #AcademicTwitter #phdadvice 3
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Why we should walk away from using terms like "giving or capturing voice," in qualitative research. I hope you will read and share. #qualitativeresearch #highered #highereducation #critqual #educolor #decolonial #phdadvice #phdchat #phdlife #languagematters
1. First, the lineage and practices of qualitative research are grounded in western, global north sensibilities. Look at what is being used as dominant texts and who the authors are. Creswell and others rarely ever wrote a word thinking about people who look like me.
2. I've had to unlearn what was understood to be status quo, including the overwhelming amount of agency presumed by the researcher. I wrote about this in a book chapter titled, "Othering Research, Researching the Other (full text in ResearchGate).
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This is a thread on how to address criticism of low sample size in qualitative research. I hope you will read and share. #AcademicTwitter #QualitativeResearch #critqual #phdchat #phdadvice #educolor #PhD #acwri
1. Any question about sample size must not be answered right away until you understand the context of the question. Otherwise, you will fall into the trap of justifying qualitative research by using the criteria for quantitative research. It's a set up for failure. Avoid.
2. To understand the context of criticism about small sample size, inquire about the concerns first. Is it because the inquirer thinks nothing can be learned from a small sample size, are they asking questions about generalizability, data saturation? What is exactly the concern?
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The SER Communications Committee is starting #TwitterTakeovers (approximately monthly), whereby established #epidemiologists will be in charge of the SER twitter handle for the day.

Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions & get advice from the scientists you admire!
.@MariaGlymour will kick things off with the #GlymourTwitterTakeover on Thursday, Nov 1.

Dr. Glymour is the Director of the PhD program @UCSF_Epibiostat, and is especially happy to answer questions about applying to #Epidemiology #phd programs.

#phdchat #phdadvice #phdlife
Maria also has expertise on #SocialDeterminantsOfHealth, #CausalInference, #DAGs, #SelectionBias, #stroke, #CognitiveAging, & being an #ExcellentMentor (among other areas).

Start preparing your questions now and use #AskMaria & #GlymourTwitterTakeover so we see your questions!
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1. I'm creating this thread to discuss how epistemicide is common in critical qual research, and why we must be vigilant of it.
#critqual #educolor #acaemictwitter #phdchat #phdadvice #qualitativeresearch #highered #phd
2. First - what is epistemicide? It is the erasure, dismissal of culturally-situated ways of learning and knowing that would otherwise be critical to creating knowledge (in qualitative research). This occurs to center dominant discourses. #academictwitter #highered #phdadvice
3. At a conference, I met an emerging scholar of color, who is working on race and identity from his sociolcultural position, but he was working with theories that had nothing to do with his work (Read: Dead, white French guys). #AcademicTwitter #phdforum #educolor #highered #phd
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