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1/6 If you get invited for an interview, then it means that the organization asking to interview you is genuinely interested in you, your skill set, and what you potentially have to offer. So know this going in.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
2/6 To do well in an interview, you will need to talk about your accomplishments. Talk about your research, what you did that advanced the knowledge of the field, and how you can work well in a team environment.

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
3/6 If you have published, or presented your work, talk about it, and discuss why the research you did was impactful. Do not be afraid to talk about yourself. It’s not boasting. It’s selling yourself and trying to get the job

@PhDVoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
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Things I wish I had known before I started the PhD: A thread 🧵

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat @OpenAcademics @PhDVoice
Doing a PhD is difficult and takes years of effort and dedication. At first, you will probably not quite understand what you have to do. Don't panic. Give yourself time, little by little you will learn and understand.
Don't want to learn everything at once. You have a lot to learn and you are not going to do it in a day, a week or a month. You must understand that knowledge is not acquired quickly and that patience and perseverance are your greatest allies.
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It's grad school interview season.

Here are 5 quality threads from United States Professors on expectations, potential questions and how to prepare.

RT to help an anxious MS or PhD applicant. @OpenAcademics #phdvoice #phdchat
Dr. Amanda Montoya - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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I love finding the perfect images when designing my PowerPoint slides.
Here are 12 platforms for finding FREE visuals (icons, stock photos) for your presentations, lectures, and websites! I'll let you know my favorites 👇
@AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter @OpenAcademics #PhDchat
1. @pixabay for stock photos, vectors, and videos

2. @unsplash for high-resolution photos

3. @pexels for free stock photos and videos

4. @burstphotos_ for photos
5. Here's one of my favorite platforms!
@canva has photos, graphics (some animated), mockups & offers a free account – they also have Canva for Education:
Very user-friendly! I have used Canva for designing slides, tweets, & visual abstracts. Canva logo
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As 2021 comes to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect on my grad school experiences. Here are 10 nuggets of advice / lessons I’ve learned during PhD-land so far💡. A 🧵:
1: Before joining a lab, talk to every current member one-on-one.

Carve out time to have coffee chats with each person during your rotation. Ask about their experiences, any pain points, and whether they’d join again. You can learn so much from these conversations!
2. During lab meetings, ask those “dumb” questions.

Sometimes, I feel embarrassed to ask a question because I assume everyone else already knows the answer, but chances are, if you’re wondering something, someone else is wondering too.
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7 Google Search tricks and techniques to make your searches more effective! 😉

A thread!

#PhdChat #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #SciComm

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics
1. Limit your search to a particular website or domain

Include search term and “site:” and the domain (e.g., .edu, .gov. , .org) or website name

E.g., PhD scholarships, covid 19 rules site:gov. uk
2. Limit your search to specific file types

Include search term and “filetype:” and the filetype (e.g., pdf, pptx, docx)

E.g., materials science presentation filetype:pdf, 3d printing filetype:pptx
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🏆🧵Goldmine thread everything you need to write your scientific paper.🏆

1. Structure
2. Results
3. Discussion
4. Conclusion
5. Introduction
6. Abstract
7. Title

Including: FREE temples, videos + graphics!
@OpenAcademics @ScicommBot @B0tSci @PhDVoice
#scicomm #acwri #newpi

The Basic structure of your paper
Why the "scope" matters
Biggest mistakes
How to start writing and WHY


Three key parts for your results
Formula for a great result paragraph

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Hi all 👋 today I would like to talk about #CV tips. Did you know you can create your CV in #rstats? There are so many cool 📦 out there!
I personally use {vitae} with a good range of eye-catching templates to choose from, I highly recommend it!
What I like the most about building my CV in R is that I can organize everything in an R-project, I push to GitHub which gives me track changes and I can use the great advantages of #rmarkdown and #latex. Here is the repo of my #vitae CV
I had to modify a bit the .csl file to adapt certain details to my taste, and I included a 🗺️ of my journey which has had some nice feedback, as it serves as a visual presentation card 💃 A preview of my CV made with the vitae R package
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Some thoughts about living with invisible illness and academia... 🧵

#AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #MultipleSclerosis
I've lived with autoimmune disease for two decades. I have always felt it was something I needed to hide in my career - a sign of weakness, something that might make people not want to work with me or give me opportunities. (I blame The West Wing, but that is another story). 2/🧵
This year I started my #AcademiaMadeEasier newsletter, with ideas to make academic work a bit easier with small steps to promote productivity & protect work-life balance. From the start, I was very open about the fact that I live with chronic disease. 3/🧵…
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This tweet taking off is a reminder if something supports your world view you’ll like and use it when you should be engaging critical skills. Here are academics enthusiastically sharing a small Twitter poll as a survey. Try sharing useful and nuanced research - tumbleweed 😢
Also if you’re going to share a poll or anything else your first job is to cite the original. This is basic research practice and it did not happen here as @InductiveStep and others rightly pointed out.
How can we do better when sharing research on academic life?
- use robust research (there’s lots of it)
- cite and link to it
- check against other research
- critique and question
- synthesise research and share
- put it into practice
- tell others how it worked out for you
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Hopefully my suggestions help #PhD students and others working on the Discussion section of scientific manuscripts. Happy writing!

#AcademicTwitter #writingtips #WritingHacks #gradschool #phdchat @AcademicChatter Image
I'm so glad people found this helpful! 🙂

Follow me for more tips in the coming weeks on scientific presentations, grant writing, and more 👍
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I just got 5 emails from prospective PhD students and there is a definite right and wrong way of approaching a potential supervisor/PI. This is not innate knowledge so here goes a thread. Starting from worst examples (1/n) #AcademicChatter #phdchat
Dear professor, I studied algal blooms and would love to join your esteemed lab.

Does not name me (suggesting that I was bcc-ed), previous experience not relevant to my line of work, no idea why they want to work with me.

Looks like spam and I never reply. (2/n)
Dear Dr. Banks-Leite, I studied owls and would like to work on restoration in your lab.

Got my name right (yay!), previous experience is ~ relevant, interests are too undefined. They could've sent the same letter to half my department.

I reply with a polite no. (3/n)
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1/ CW: Mental illness + depression

Thread: This is my story about my hospitalization and recovery Fall semester of my Senior year October 2018: I had to put my life on hold, and I could no longer hide my struggles with mental illness anymore.
2/ One thing I wish I learned earlier before recovery was that the system is the system was not built for folks that struggle with mental health + mental illness. I spent so much energy trying to fight it – a lot of it was due to internalized ableism.
3/ Hospitalization opened my eyes – I was going down a path overworking and perfection that was not sustainable and lead me to destruction. That week, I slowly transitioned from denial and self-hatred to acceptance of my conditions.
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It's graduate program application time! Are you looking for a thesis supervisor? Here are a few tips. 🧵
It's totally normal to "cold email" faculty members you don't know. Don't feel weird about it.
Make sure the subject line of your email is specific. Try "MSc applicant to [PROGRAM] requesting supervision" rather than "your research" or "Introduction" or something unclear
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Research can be a hassle unless you know the right softwares to aid you! Here's a list of tools to make your Academia life super easy. #phdchat @PhDVoice @AcademicChatter @PsychChatter

A thread 🧵
Note-making / @joplinapp: Joplin allows easy embedding images, videos, links, math expressions. It has a beautiful page/notebook management system, with a one-click pdf download option. The basic service is free, cloud support costs 1-2 euros per month.
Cite-editor / @zotero: Scouring across 10s of research papers, keeping a track of citations can be excruciating. Zotero allows for easy search of relevant papers using just DOI. It has the capability of linking with Microsoft Word/Google Docs, which makes the process a breeze.
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After 6 years in grad school and 3 advisors here's what I learned @AcademicChatter @hapyresearchers @CouragePhD @PhdExhausted @OpenAcademics #phdchat #phdlife 1/24
1) Learn how to write well ASAP: Some people say that there's no need in learning how to write when starting your PhD because you don't have any data yet. But consider this – writing well takes years to learn, and even some more years to learn how to do it relatively well. 2/24
The way I see it, even if you don't write papers, you're constantly writing emails, and try to explain complex ideas in texts, and in conversations to colleagues, family etc. There are some ground rules for good texts in general, be it scientific or not (e.g., how to phrase 3/24
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Here is the response of an Associate Professor to our friend's SoP.

In your estimation, what are the chances of this candidate for a PhD position in her department?

Good or Goooooood?
#gradschool #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
If you are still in the process of developing a captivating statement, here are the comprehensive resources this candidate used.

Paragraph 1- How to start your statement of purpose
Paragraph 2- How to explain your educational and research background

Paragraph 3- How to explain your work/volunteer experience and related skills
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I almost passed my GRE or English test. If other requirements are strong, can I still submit my graduate school application?

It depends.

Here's why!👇

A short thread
#phdchat #phdforum #phdvoice #AcademicTwitter #edchat
Your chances will depend on how the application review process works for your intended program. Unfortunately, it is mostly hard to tell from the outside looking in.
For some programs, they use the test scores as an initial metric to screen out applicants when they have many applications than they can handle.

In this case, you are at risk of early rejection if you don't meet their minimum scores
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Honestly, WTF is a #LiteratureReview? 😓
If you feel this way you’re not alone. Here is my updated guide (w/resources).

#PhD #phdlife #phdchat
Literature review defined
A portion of a research paper that compiles, describes, and analyzes different sources of information relevant to a given research topic, and then critically draws connections between each source and the research of the author writing the review.
The purpose
A literature review is meant to discuss current debates that exist, provide a summary of the relevant aspects, show how your research paper is placed chronologically, provide an introduction to the topic, and prevent you from reinventing the wheel.
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I got 4 fully funded PhD offers in the USA

Here is what you can learn from each paragraph of my SOP

Check reply for this #thread....

#AcademicTwitter #phdchat #PhDposition #phdlife #phdvoice #phdadvice #phdpositions #Scholarships #Phdapplications
Paragraph 1 (P1): Introduction

- Problem you want your career to solve

- Why the problem raises concern

- Why the problem needs to be solved

- Your career statement (may involve your aim to provide solution to the problem)

- Declare your intention to apply for a program
P2: Research
- Your research at undergrad and or post-baccalaureate
- Describe problem, approach, result, & significance of your research
- Highlight your role in the success of the research
- State how your research will influence your success in #gradschool
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in honor of #DEHEM21, I want to remind everyone about the episode I did with the wonderful humans who run the @DisInGradSchool account -- @caitskirby & @KaydenStockwell (Kayden also now helps with podcast transcripts!!) 🧵

#AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife
Before recording this episode, I had a very superficial idea of what I thought it meant to be a disabled grad student. That accommodations were readily available. That disabled students were honored with accommodations as long as they had the right documentation.
That the reason disabled students weren't in grad school was some unknown variable we all couldn't figure out.

How wrong I was.

Academia gatekeeps disabled students, faculty, etc. in a very purposeful, abusive, aggressive, ableist way.
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I've seen a lot of tweets today from people embarking on the first day of their social science/humanities PhD. As I'm coming to the end of mine, there's one piece of advice I want to send back from the other side: write 🧵 #phdchat #phdlife
1/Before I started, I had no idea how much of 'doing' a PhD was learning how to write, learning to be a writer. From this side of the experience, a PhD looks like the painful (but ultimately, rewarding) daily business of figuring out how to say what you mean.
2/Obviously, most PhD students don't have buckets of time to write. We have jobs, dependents, caring responsibilities, health and wellbeing needs, relationships that need time and attention. But however slim the slice of time you can find, I promise writing is a good use for it.
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Following my increased activity on #AcademicTwitter, if I see a question pop up many times, I write a blog post/article about it

Here’s a thread of 10 articles with useful resources & platforms for students, PhD researchers & academics

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhDVoice
Interested in handy and practical books that can help your research, studies, writing skills, presentation techniques, career development and all-round personal and professional development?

If so, check out:…
Looking for a reference management platform to automate your bibliographies and list of references?

Check out:…
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"As an Indian, I just assumed you were submissive."
"Shut the f**k up. I won't tolerate backtalk from someone like you...Idiot."

I filed charges against @UF & Dept of Astro. for racism, harassment & retaliation.#phdlife #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdjourney #phdchat
Statements like these from my former PhD advisor were not uncommon. I was demeaned, harassed, and bullied into silence when I cried out against abuse. "You know you are on a visa, right?... Stay in your lane, don't antagonize me, and you might have a future in America."

A month ago I graduated with a PhD in Astronomy from @UF. This almost didn't happen, thanks to my former dept. (@UFastro) and advisor, who seemingly singled me out for abuse (his only other grad student was a White woman, who has since started working with someone else).

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