…by Sophie / from England / studying PhD Tissue Repair / 3rd Year
“So what exactly do you do for your PhD?” is something I’ve been asked many times, and my answer does change depending on who’s asking. While another scientist at a conference might be looking for the detailed techniques I use, I find this sort of information doesn’t always go down as well at a family wedding. I started my PhD in 2016 and on my blog I like to write about my time here in Edinburgh, things that inspire me and day-to-day lab life, hoping that I can communicate better what I do for my PhD in a way that lots of people can understand and enjoy.
PhD Day(s) was a pretty useful experience, and surprisingly enjoyable despite the usual pre-presentation nerves. All students do a 20 minute presentation to other students, PIs and anyone else who’s been roped in to attend. It’s all about your project, your results and your future plans. Once again… I was data-light but it was useful to go through things to get a clear plan for where my project is headed.
It was similar to the Tissue Repair away day back in May only for the whole Centre for Regenerative Medicine building this time. So many students were presenting, at different stages, with different backgrounds and topics. Seeing the breadth of research that goes on at the SCRM was really inspiring and gave me lots of ideas I might be able to incorporate into my own work.
One of the things I’m keen to improve on is my ability to handle questions at the end of the presentations. I know this comes with time, experience and confidence in the work you’re doing but as it’s the part I get more flustered on, I always dread it. Others deftly navigate the Q&A and even get a nice discussion out of it… one day I hope that’s what I can do.
As my supervisor has said to me… if we could do it all straight away there would be no point in doing a PhD!
This blog post was originally published on 30/06/17 here.