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The Importance of HBCUs and Africana Heritage With Kweli Zukeri

Welcome to Season 4 of Papa PhD! VIDEO Kweli Zukeri was born and raised in Falls Church, Va. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor...

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Le doctorat à l’étranger, une grande aventure avec Charlotte Hendryckx

Cette semaine sur Papa PhD, on parle de cette aventure qu’est de quitter son pays pour son doctorat. Avec mon invitée, Charlotte Hendryckx, on explore les choses à faire...

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What are Accessible Careers for PhDs outside R&D? With The 2nd Lab

VIDEO Welcome to another collab episode of the PhD Dojo with The 2nd Lab. This week on the PhD Dojo, Gad Sabbatier and I answer a question from 2nd...

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Le doctorat nous prépare-t-il à enseigner ? Avec Émilie Deschênes

Cette semaine sur Papa PhD, j’ai le plaisir de vous apporter une exploration avec mon invitée – Émilie Deschênes – sur les défis que présente le passage à l’enseignement,...

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Are You a Sellout if You Leave Academia After Your PhD? With Jennifer Polk

Welcome to Season 4 of Papa PhD! To kick of this new season, I have the great pleasure of bringing you my recent conversation with someone I’ve been looking...

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Networking and Job Hunting as a PhD With Parag Mahanti (rerun)

This week on Papa PhD, I’m bringing you another great conversation from Season 2 of the show. This interview was recorded during Thanksgiving, so you might hear some background...

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Expanding Your Career Toolkit with Mark Herschberg (rerun)

This week on Papa PhD, I’m bringing you a great conversation from Season 2 of the show. In it, Mark Herschberg shares an incredible amount of insights and advice...

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Réussir son doctorat en SHS avec Emilie Doré (rediffusion)

Cette semaine, je t’apporte en rediffusion une conversation où, avec Émilie Doré de Réussir son doctorat, on fait une radiographie des défis actuels de l’expérience de la thèse en...

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Becoming a Full-Time Science Communicator with Sarah Habibi

This week one Papa PhD , I’m over the moon happy to have with me Sarah Habibi, aka Science Bae, to talk about her journey into full-time science communication....

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Featured Guests

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Kweli Zukeri was born and raised in Falls Church, Va. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor in social entrepreneurship from UNC at Chapel Hill, as well as an M.S. in Psychology (2018) and Ph.D. (2021) in Developmental Psychology from Howard University. Both his master thesis and dissertation focused on exploring the impact of African-centered school-based programming on American African student racial and cultural identity, as well as American African student learning. Prior to his recent graduate studies, he also studied ancient African/Kemetic language for 2 years in Howard’s department of Africana studies, and has been a facilitator of the Egypt on the Potomac Field Trip of Washington, D.C., for the last decade.


Neuropsychologue belge formée à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Charlotte Hendryckx réalise depuis septembre 2019 un doctorat Recherche et Intervention en neuropsychologie clinique à l’Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada) sous la supervision conjointe de Pr Carolina Bottari au CRIR et Pr Nadia Gosselin au CEAMS.

Charlotte accorde aussi une grande importance au transfert de connaissances et à la vulgarisation scientifique, dans son projet de thèse et sur le traumatisme crânien en général. Elle donne ainsi des conférences cliniques et je diffuse mes résultats au domaine scientifique, afin de sensibiliser le plus large public possible.

Professeure en éducation et gestion scolaire

Émilie Deschênes, professeure à l’université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, est titulaire d’un doctorat en éducation et d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires. 

Présentement, ses recherches concernent principalement la décolonisation (notamment des institutions scolaires québécoises), la valorisation et l’inclusion des perspectives des Premières Nations et Inuit en enseignement et la persévérance des apprenants des Premières Nations et Inuit, notamment en lien avec les transitions qu’ils vivent entre leurs communautés et les milieux urbains où ils doivent déménager pour étudier et celles vers leur milieu professionnel, pour l’emploi.

Coach for PhDs

Jennifer Polk, PhD, is a career coach and educator.

In addition to her work with individuals, she regularly facilitates professional development workshops and delivers presentations for graduate students and postdocs.

Jen currently serves on the board of directors for CAGS, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.

She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto.

Scientist - Educator - Creator

Sarah Habibi is a molecular biologist, educator, and digital content creator and is the founder of the brand Science Bae.

Sarah uses the power of social media to promote experimentation in STEAM and enhance student learning, through her popular page Science Bae on Instagram and TikTok and uses her 4+ years of teaching and curriculum development experience, Bachelor of Education Degree, PhD in molecular biology, and Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) designation to make her teaching educational, accessible, and engaging.

Fondatrice de société à mission

Anaïs Trousselle est docteure en géographie sociale et ingénieure en agro-développement. Elle est la fondatrice de NARRAU, spécialisée dans la recherche-action en sciences humaines et sociales. La raison d’être de son organisation est de produire des données et des analyses, à partir d’une démarche scientifique en sciences humaines et sociales, pour documenter des phénomènes sociaux et environnementaux contemporains.

Doctorante, Podcasteuse

Myriam a complété son baccalauréat en sciences de la nutrition à lUniversité dOttawa, elle est donc nutritionniste-diététiste. Son amour pour la recherche et la science la amené à poursuivre son cheminement académique au doctorat à lUniversité de Montréal.

Infiniment passionnée par son domaine, elle laisse libre cours à sa créativité et son plaisir de communiquer la science via sa plateforme Instagram et comme animatrice du balado Tête-à-tête avec la science.

Lawyer / Assistant professor of law

Naiomi Metallic is from the Listuguj Mìgmaq First Nation, located within the Gespègewàgi district of Mìgmàgi (on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec). She holds a BA and LLB from Dalhousie, a civil law degree from Ottawa U, a masters of law from Osgoode, and is currently pursuing her PhD through the University of Alberta.

As of June 2016, she is full-time faculty at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and she holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. As a legal scholar, she is most interested in writing about how the law can be harnessed to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada and conveying this information in accessible ways.

Naiomi also continues to practice law. As a member of her firm’s Aboriginal Law practice group, she has appeared before the courts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Federal courts in a number of high profile cases involving First Nations clients. Naiomi has been named to the Named to Best Lawyer in Canada® list in Aboriginal law since 2015.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

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Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University