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Sunday, May 8th, 2011
7:19 pm
Master's of Neurocognitive Psychology
Hi all! My name is Jen. I'm an American Ex-pat living in Germany who just finished up her degree in Biology. I've worked with international students for the last 5 years. I'm currently trying to make a little noise surrounding our new Master's of Neurocognitive Psychology at the University of Oldenburg. It is a two year research based international graduate programme which offers systematic coverage of the major fields in psychology as well as an in-depth training in cognitive neuroscience.

Here is our shiney new poster:

The programme takes 2 years to complete and is offered through the Department of Psychology. Grad students can choose from a variety of applied and/or research modules. The department's research spans topics such as multisensory integration, brain oscillations and behaviour, cortical plasticity, computational neuroscience and pharmaco-neuroimaging, to name a few. Different state-of-the-art neuroscience tools and psychology labs are available to gain hands-on experience in magnetic resonace imaging, mageneoencephalography, high-density electroencephalography, eye tracking, transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation and phychophysics. Clinical experience is provided in several of our applied modules in collaboration with local hospitals and rehab centres.

Because we run on a winter/summer semester schedule, applications are due much later than in the UK or the States (deadline July 15th for the winter term which begins October 1st). Tuition and fees per semester are 769.50 Euros. You do not need to speak German in order to study this course. It's taught completely in English. Most students and faculty outside of the program speak English as well. Both the psych department and the International Student Office have experience working with students from all over the world, so there are plenty of resources available to foreign students.

X posted to neuroscience and psych_students
Monday, March 1st, 2010
6:27 pm
DVM/PhD dual degree program?

I'm getting my BS in may and am hoping to apply in two-three years. I am a dog breeder and fancier, and this is my main reason for applying, really. My ideal career is research on the causes & mechanisms of various canine genetic diseases (special interests: mitral valve disease, retinal dysplasia, and syringomyelia). So, I'm looking for a dual DVM/PhD program. However, my adviser knows very little about them, and none of the vet's I've worked with know anyone who's done a dual degree. (Plus, the program just seems new in general.) So I'd love to talk to anyone out there who is in a dual degree program and get some advice. Any takers?
Thanks a TON.

Monday, December 21st, 2009
1:32 pm
Dual DVM/PhD program?
Most of the vet communities are very quiet; hope its ok posting this here.

I'm hoping to apply to a dual DVM/PhD program, but I have some questions for someone who is currently in such a program or has recently graduated - please send me a private message. Thanks.
Saturday, November 7th, 2009
12:32 pm

I'm looking all over the place for some guidance theese days. Here's my situation. I'm enrolled in a six year professional degree at Rice University, in architecture. I'm already in my fifth year, which means I've already graduated once with a BA in Archictecture, and I'm away on a one year internship thing (still part of enrollment) and in 2011 I'll graduate with a professional degree BArch.

However, I've been haivng second thoughts about this for a while, and it's jsut been excalating for the past two years up until now when I'm finally in the professional world and starting to realize that I can't stand architecture.. as a profession, as a study.. anything. It's just going to make me sad and poor for the rest of my life. I think I only stuck with it because I actually had some talent for it (made good grades, got good reviews, won prizes), and I couldn't bear to leave all my good friends I had made.

So, I've been considering to going the grad school for something else. I'm not exactly sure what yet, but if you had to force me to pick a field, I'd say something in neuroscience. I took psychology and neurolinguistics in college and I've started trying to familiarize myself with the field mroe by reading medical journals and magazines.. (I find it infinitely more interesting to read through something like scientific american mind, than I do any architecture magazine). The problem is, I definitely don't have any of the even most basic requirements to apply for grad science programs... I don't have a foundation at all (the most i ever took was calc 101 and phys 101 as far as science and math goes). The rest of my curriculum has been set in art and architectural theory and liberal arts type things..

Is it too late for me to switch? What should I do if I want to switch? Have any of you, or do you know anyone who's gone through a similar switch before? I definitely need to take as many of those prereq courses as possible, either during my last year at Rice or night classes/sumemr classses/post bach. But who would accept me as a grad candidate when there are people like you who have been working towards the right direction for four+ years already?

And I'm trying really hard to get fixated on this and not to be one of those people who wants to quit and start over once things are not going completely perfect. But I still want to realistically think about my options, and get started on the right track before it's too late. I know I'm probably asking for a lot more work, but last time I checked (before all the arsty fartsy classes took over) I think I was a pretty smart person and I work very hard towards my goals.

So, give me your advace. thanks!
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
2:17 pm
UT Researchers need males to fill out a survey, your help would be much appreciated
Complete an online survey and be entered to win up $50!  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin are conducting a survey to understand reasons why people have sex. The survey takes 30-45 minutes. You must be 18 or over and sexually experienced in order to participate.  If you are interested in participating in this study, or learning more about it, please click here https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=128703
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
10:05 am
Resources for Graduate students
Dr. Spencer Hall in the Dept of Biology at Indiana University complied this very handy and useful web page on resources for graduate students. In here is advice for being a grad student, applying for successful grants, tips on surviving academia and even grants biology/ecology students can apply for.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, August 9th, 2009
10:46 pm
Looking for Science lovers/Scientists in the MA/CT area
Looking for people to get involved with Scifacts. A convention at UMass Amherst run by Nexus Corp. Scifacts is a hard science convention for people who love science. We are looking for people to run workshops and participate on panels

For more info email me at shampoo150@gmail.com or go Here
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
8:41 pm
running sds-page gel overnight -- current? temperature?
Just loaded two 4-15% gradient SDS-PAGE gels and I want to run them overnight so I'm not here until 3 AM.

For some reason I thought it was common to run gels overnight, and I was thinking I'd get great resolution and nice crisp bands if I did this. In looking online for what current to run at, I have gotten the impression that people don't commonly run gels overnight...?

I'm running at 7 mA right now, in the cold room. Constant current.

Is that okay? Will the SDS precipitate out in the cold room? Should I run it at room temp instead? Will the box heat up too much if I do?

I'm interested in proteins around 75-100 kDa. Don't think they are likely to run off, but anyone have any direct experience with this?

Thanks guys.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
7:59 pm
help! -80 freezer is alarming!
sooo... our -80 is alarming. for about an hour now. when i checked it, it was at -60.
i opened it, and my analysis was that the door wasn't sealed properly. i think someone had it open too long, and some of the ice on the inside of the door melted and water dripped in around the seal. then when the door was shut, it re-froze and that ice prevented the door from closing properly.

so, i chipped the ice out, and shut the door, and the seal was better. checked it about 20 minutes later, and the temp was the same. i opened it and chipped out some more ice. now it seems like it's sealed completely. but, the freezer is still at -60.

it's been about 20 minutes. how long do you think i should expect it to take before it starts dropping?

of course this happens while i'm the only one here...
Friday, February 20th, 2009
7:10 am
Immunoprecipitation over weekend?
I just started doing IPs. I want to start one today, but my protocol says to incubate overnight with primary antibody, and I will not be able to come in this weekend. I would guess, like most biology protocols, if you can leave something overnight, you can just as well leave it over the weekend.

Just wanted to double check with you guys though...don't want to screw this up! Anybody know if this is okay?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
11:03 am
How much "out of field" papers do you read?
Greetings. I'm new to the community. I've been on _scientists_ and gradstudents but being as I'm specifically a biology grad student, I thought maybe I'd post this query I have on here so I can get a good response from people in a more targeted group, as opposed to liberal art grad students and the hordes of people on _scientists_ that aren't really scientists but like to pretend they are.

I'm curious to know how much reading y'all do outside of your field? I'm writing my thesis right now so naturally I read a lot of papers particular to my field (restoration ecology/ectomycorrhizae). I've been reading ecoevoblog lately and I see that multidisciplinary approaches to your science are really valued today. So I'm wondering how much effort other sci grads make to read papers that are a little outside of their field, for instance reading something having to do with cellular phys for me. Its a little daunting to try to read other field's literature because there are so many eccentricities about all the sub-sub disciplines that take some time to learn about and understand. I suppose New Scientist and secondary sources are good for this because they appeal to a broader audience and try to not barrage the reader with field specific terms.

Anyway before this gets tl/dr I'd like to hear some of y'alls thoughts on this.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, September 8th, 2008
11:21 pm
getting back into the swing of things
I'm cross posting this a few places as I'm sure different groups will have a slightly different perspective on what I'm asking about. So sorry if you see this more than once.

And as an FYI, I'm a first year in a biomedical sciences PhD program.

I graduated in 2001 and have done the work thing since then. I've been quite comfortable the past few years doing the work thing during the day and then going home to do my own thing (yoga, maintaining my spiritual health, cooking good meals, harassing the cat, etc).
I was never great at studying (a problem I "blame" on high school being too easy, and being able to float by with B's with minimal studying in undergrad). I love to read, but I've never been on great at reading for content. Some of it I remember and understand, which is great, but I'd say more of it I either don't remember or don't understand. I'm pretty sure I don't have a learning disability. But I do know I learn better through pictures and/or tactile stuff.

I'd like to say that I need suggestions on how to get 'back into studying', but really I need suggestions on how to get into it in general. I'm interested in the classes I have to take this semester. I'm interested in the lab I'm currently rotating in. And I KNOW that my current reading load is REALLY light, I'm just having a hard time actually getting it done and getting something out of it other than just reading words on a page.
Is it sad that tonight I procrastinated by washing my dishes? (watching The Daily Show on hulu.com I'll admit was pure procrastination)

I want to do well. I want to get my work done. I want to understand what the hell it is I'm doing and not fall behind quickly (which is what I can already see happening as I didn't finish my readings for today until this morning before class).

I hope my question makes some sense as I'm at a loss on how else to even ask it.
Saturday, November 17th, 2007
5:39 pm
Would any science grad be willing to look over a lab I had to do for biology?

Please let me know soon.

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
2:08 am
A film about beetles
I am actually a graduate student in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, which isn't quite a science department, but we sure think a good deal about it. I made a film about an entomologist searching for a beetle, and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it (you can see how research often pans out and watch grad students dig countless holes in the Italian country-side).

This is the trailer:

The full (13min) film is here: http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=121

If you'd like to see more films done by other folks in my grad program, you should check out the rest of www.lifeonterra.com .
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
1:37 pm
Chemists Unite!
I hope this is allowed, but a new community for graduate students/postdocs (and prospective graduate students) in chemistry has been made.

Monday, February 26th, 2007
11:16 pm
RNA interference anyone?
Does anyone here do any RNAi work? I could really use some help!
Monday, January 29th, 2007
8:09 pm
Howdy fellow science students!

I'm currently in my third year of studying Animal Science as an undergraduate. My plan was originally to get into vet school and work with large animals. However, I took my first biochemistry class and fell in love with the material, and am now considering graduate school. I've taken a lot of required chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology classes for my major, so I wouldn't have to completely restructure my final year and a half of school to make this work, but I'm still a little torn as to whether it's worth a shot.

I've got a couple of questions that hopefully someone out there can answer:
1) My GPA right now is about a 3.2, but my science GPA is probably a bit lower. Although I loves me some biochem, I did only get a B in my last course. I have a feeling this might get asked a lot, but if I'm only slightly above average as an undergrad, what can I expect, performance-wise, as a graduate student? Will I totally be in over my head?
2) I have no idea what schools are good for biochem with my sort of GPA. Does anybody have an recommendations?
3) I like the sound of a PhD (I've always wanted that "Dr" in front of my name), but I've also never considered what kind of careers you can get into with a M.S. in biochem. I've been told by various professors that you might as well get a PhD, but is there any advantage to getting a M.S. (other than less work, of course!)?

Saturday, January 20th, 2007
11:20 am
Anyone here?
I just want to know if "Law of Descending Prestige" really affects long-term career outcomes for science grad school students. Thanks.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
7:25 pm
Forming my committee
How do I ask someone to be on my committee?

Do I say, "Dr. X, I'm (insert name here). I am one of Dr. Y's students. I'm forming my committee and I'd be honored if you'd be a part of it."

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I don't know if there is some proper etiquette to this or something.


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