A few months ago I wrote about my experience applying to graduate school as someone with a first-generation, low SES background (you can read that post here). Since publishing that post, I’ve mentored four undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students through the application process. However, now we’ve entered interview season, which is a little outside the scopeContinue reading “an applicant’s guide to phd interviews: they’re not as scary as you think”
This blog post is broken up into sections, you can use these links to skip around. the problem with academia budgeting applying strategically applying for fee waivers getting and navigating interviews deciding and negotiating TL;DR Resources the problem with academia A few weeks ago I was in this diversity Zoom meeting with other people inContinue reading “applying to grad school on a budget and navigating the process: a saga”
Oh yikes, I just reread the title I picked and cringed. Welcome back to my blog where I ramble on about academia as a #firstgen undergraduate/post-bacc/soon to be PhD student, with a dash of sarcastic humor. As we approach the 2021 cycle of the NSF GRFP, I wanted to share my materials from the lastContinue reading “in the game of grants, you lose or you get lucky”
I follow Paul Bloom on Twitter and on Thursday he posted a screenshot of a paper submission response to JECP. It had been rejected. Rejection, negative feedback, and criticism, I have come to learn, are major facets of academia (even for Paul Bloom). I haven’t had to experience the rejection of a manuscript at thisContinue reading “track changes: coping with the modern red pen”
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Hi! I’m Alexis. I study tiny humans and their development. Sometimes I like to write about my experience in academia as a Hispanic, first-generation student. I am the product of wonderful mentors and good friends who have taught me so much about navigating higher education and research. Come along on this journey with me!