Research shows that impostor syndrome is common in high achievers who are unable to internalise and accept their successes and instead attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability. Nobel Laureate Maya Angelou once said “I’ve written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” This lady is a genius! Would she be as accomplished without her inner doubt?
2019-07-20: I've started keeping tasks such as formatting, and modification of figures that don't require much thinking for the weekends, as it let's me wind down, but also feel like I'm productive at the same time. I spent part of today putting together part of the PSA: project safety analysis, which had me developing & updating the lab layout figure for the project I'm working on. The goal of having such a layout included in the PSA, is to make researchers in the lab aware of other experimental setups that are in the lab so that they are aware of the hazards and can take necessary action in case of an emergency. The chance to work on documents such as this PSA helps me better prepare myself for the management of a research team, which is essential if I want to pursue a career in academia. #experimentaldesign#labwork#education#academia#doha#qatar#texas#usa#tamu#tamuq#gradschool#gradlife#phdlife#phd#science#scicomm#collegelife#college#projectsafety#academiclife#toronto#canada
#fieldworkupdate from PhD candidate @andreiaqfig’s research at @flamingogardens in Davies, FL, funded by @harriscentereco and @stlzoo. Andreia's study species, orchid bees (Euglossa dilemma), aren't the only blue-green beauties interested in her research, as you can tell from the curious peacock visitor! Are you wondering what sort of research would involve botanical gardens and tea strainers? That tea strainer is just how Andreia finds her study subjects (they're attracted to the eucalyptus-soaked tissue inside). The real experiment happens after she collects the bees and puts them into containers with the option of two different colors. By watching which colors the bees spend more time with, she can determine which colors the bees prefer! Understanding color preference is key to understanding pollination, since it affects how bees choose which flowers to visit. Knowing why pollinators choose certain flowers over others is important for our understanding of this key ecosystem service anywhere, and orchid bees are especially important for tropical forests, comprising about 1/4 of all the bees present in some cases! Curious for more? You can check out her field notes from last year on the Dunlap Lab's website, link in bio! #pollination#studentresearch#biology#ecology#behavioralecology#phd#phdlife#phdstudent#gradschool#harrisworldecologycenter#ichoseumsl
it’s turning out to be a real smashboi summer, y’all. stay hydrated. wear sunscreen. whatever it is you want or need.. get it. love your friends. love yourself. but above all else, remember that this moment is all we have. make the most of it.