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Thriving as a First Gen Graduate Student With Dominique Louër

In this week’s episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I sat down with the Dominique Louër, a 4th-year PhD candidate at McGill University. Dominique shared her journey as a first-gen graduate student overcoming multiple challenges, from losing a supervisor to facing down imposter syndrome. Despite the hurdles she faced, Dominique championed a passion…

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The PhD Application Process 101 With Don Martin

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I’m thrilled to welcome Don Martin, an expert in graduate enrollment and the founder of Grad School Roadmap. In this episode, Don shares his personal journey from being the first in his peer group to attend college and graduate school to helping others overcome the hurdles…

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Avoiding Career Narrative Pitfalls as a PhD with Jonathan Adler

Welcome to a new episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD! In this episode, David is joined by Jonathan Adler, professor of psychology at Olin College of Engineering to explore the profound intersections of science, story-telling, and identity. Delve into the importance of selecting the right PhD program and lab, and discover Jonathan’s unique…

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Building Skills Through Flexing With Sue Asfhord

Welcome to a new episode of Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, where we dive deep into the world of personal and interpersonal effectiveness with Professor Sue Ashford of the University of Michigan. In this enlightening conversation, Sue shares insights from her recent book, “The Power of Flexing,” revealing strategies for self-leadership and growth that…

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Optimizing Focus and Attention With Gloria Mark

Are you a graduate student struggling to maintain your focus amidst a barrage of digital distractions? In this episode of Beyond the Thesis with Papa PhD we dive deep with into the secrets of optimizing your focus and attention. Gloria Mark, PhD in psychology and Chancellor’s Professor Emerita at UC Irvine. Discover how like meta…

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Defusing Stereotypes About the PhD Outside Academia With Fiona Robinson (Rerun)

In this treasure from the Papa PhD vault, I bring you my Season 1 conversation with Fiona Robinson. During our conversation, Fiona shares her insights on pushing through in graduate school and in life, and on her take on finding a fulfilling professional life outside of academia. Following a PhD in RNA Biochemistry at Cambridge…

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Dealing With Mental Unrest in Grad School With Jessica Schleider

Struggling with anxiety, the fear of evaluation, or just feeling overwhelmed in grad school? You’re not alone. Join host David Mendes with special guest Dr. Jessica Schleider, Associate Psychology Professor at Northwestern University, as they dive deep into the mental health challenges faced by graduate students around the world, today. Jessica L. Schleider, PhD, is…

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Career Cognitive Dissonance During the PhD With Gad Sabbatier

Welcome to a new collab episode of the PhD Dojo with The 2nd Lab. In this new episode of the PhD Dojo, Gad Sabbatier asks me about what I mean when I talk about cognitive dissonance about career prospects as it is experienced by graduate students. Join us in this new Dojo and write us at…

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The Power of Graduate Internships With Melissa Gismondi

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD we delve into the transformative power of graduate internships with the insightful Melissa Gismondi. We explored her journey from academia to journalism, discussing the challenges, imposter syndrome, and the importance of seizing opportunities. From running for clarity to connecting with mentors, Melissa shared valuable insights on…

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