Reflecting on four years of academic research

I am moving to Columbia, SC at the end of this week to begin my new career as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina. I have been doing academic research for four years now. I began doing research after passing my PhD qualifying exams in the summer of 2016. Following completion of…

On rejection in academia

Finally, after a few years of trying to get work published, I was recently able to get a paper that received the decision, “Acceptable after major revision” for one of the top journals in my field. This was a great relief, as it meant that I could go on the tenure-track job market sooner. However,…

Postdoc: Four months in

I have now been at my postdoctoral appointment for about four months. The postdoc is a bit of a weird position: you’re not a graduate student anymore, but you’re not quite faculty yet. Here are some things I’ve learned in the past few months in how a postdoc differs from a PhD: 1. Your time…

How I Survived Graduate School

I defended my PhD dissertation in May 2018. I am happy to report that my PhD experience was largely positive. Some of what I have written below can pertain to all disciplines, while some is specific to the discipline of Statistics.  Regardless of background, I think that what follows may be of interest to many…