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Lady Scientist

Lady Scientist is the pseudonym of Amanda, a (hopefully) soon-to-be finished biochemistry graduate student. Growing up in a smallish, southernish town she struggles to prove that you can be both a lady and scientist. Follow her adventures as she navigates her two-body problem, science, and life.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The life of a grad student is never calm. I just finished playing bridesmaid for LabFriend. Currently I am preparing for a job interview in a few days, writing a paper, writing a chapter for my dissertation, and last, but certainly not least, I’m settling into my new digs here at Lab Spaces. And I think it's time for me to properly introduce myself.

I’m Amanda. I started blogging a little under 3 years ago (which in internet time is approximately just as the Earth’s crust started cooling) because my husband, Dr. Man, had to move away for a year. I was criticized a lot for not quitting grad school and following him. So, I turned to the internet to find other people in my situation and support. Lo and behold, here I am still blogging.

Why the name? Growing up I was constantly being told to act like a lady. I was told that something I was doing wasn’t lady-like (climbing trees, catching frogs, trying to make things explode with my chemistry set) or that a gentleman does not a like a lady that is/does X, Y, or Z (is smart, does science, is interested in action movies). I’d like to expand the notion of what makes a lady. I think you can be both a Lady and a Scientist.

What you’ll find here is a bit of this and a bit of that. I’ll I’ll mostly talk about my thoughts (rants) on grad school, trials for searching for a postdoc position, and general life-in-science stuff. But I’ll also share any cool science stuff I find along the way. So, welcome to the blog and I’m looking forward to being apart of the blogging community here on Lab Spaces!

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biochem belle
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Welcome aboard! So excited you're here :)

Mod Scientist
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Welcome! Looking forward to reading more..

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Welcome Amanda,
I am looking forward to hearing you re-define the boundries of ladyness. Good luck on the interview!
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Awesome, enjoy your new home. :)

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Thanks, Biochem Belle!

I need all the luck I can get, Jade! My talk is on Friday and it's a bit stressful.

Thanks, Mod Scientist! I'm looking forward to writing more, too.

Welcome to my new home, Arlenna. I appreciate you coming by!
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