Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Change in Grad School

Entering the second semester of my master’s, I was following my proposed schedule perfectly. I had completed all of my required course work, applied for funding, and helped with data collection for our second year master’s student. I learned how to use relevant processing programs for my lab work, read what felt like one million… Read More Rolling with the Punches: Coping with Change in Grad School

Formatting: An unexpected challenge of thesis-writing!

As spring approaches, so do some important deadlines for graduate students. For many of us, we’ll be submitting an initial draft of our thesis in April, which is (eep) less than a month away! As I putter on, editing my manuscripts, polishing my introduction and conclusion, I can’t help but notice something I truly didn’t… Read More Formatting: An unexpected challenge of thesis-writing!

Getting discouraged

I’m sure it’s bound to happen to most graduate students during their thesis-writing days. It’s a feeling of deep discouragement. One that gets you to your bones, and makes you feel tired in a way that sleep cannot suppress. 

Honey, no one is going to read your thesis! – ah bon…

‘Honey, no one is going to read your thesis!’ C’est la phrase que m’a lancé une sympathique chercheure australienne à la conférence à laquelle j’assistais dernièrement à Berkeley (voir ma chronique précédente). Elle devait avoir environ vingt ans d’expérience derrière elle.  À ce moment-là, nous étions cinq à la table pour le dîner et nous… Read More Honey, no one is going to read your thesis! – ah bon…

Powerless

My research is frustrating. Power engineering is such an unfamiliar realm of study for me – still. My undergrad electrical engineering background did not really cover concepts of power very in-depth; very few undergrad electrical engineering programs do, unfortunately. The concepts of power converters and power system dynamics fascinate me. But, I really suck at… Read More Powerless