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Thriving as a PhD Student [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Fletcher
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Book Description

This book contains my personal experiences of undertaking a science PhD (laboratory-based) in a university institution. Although no experience is the same, this book aims to create a general understanding of what a science PhD actually entails, including what to expect in the dreaded viva. So whether you are thinking of doing a PhD yourself or are just curious about what it’s really like, this book is for you. The book has been split into different sections, each dealing with a different aspect of doing a PhD. I have tried to structure this book in such a way that it is not written in strict chronological order, whilst minimising the occurrence of overlap between sections as much as possible. In this way, each section should be able to be read individually if there is one specific aspect you particularly want to know about, meaning you may wish to skip straight to that part. However, I do discuss my PhD project section by section, and therefore to gain maximum enjoyment, I would recommend starting from the beginning. Additionally, if you are thinking of doing a PhD, you may also wish to seek other opinions, as each person will have a different experience of what it was like for them. In the meantime, read on for a very honest and open account of the studies that shaped almost four years of my life. I hope you enjoy and find it useful!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Honnao (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D94D0L0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

My name is Melissa Fletcher. I was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland before moving to and settling in Loughton, Essex. I obtained a degree from the University of Glasgow in Immunology in 2008 before going on to complete a PhD in Reproductive Immunology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2012.

It will come as no surprise that I have a keen interest in science, particularly the workings of the immune system, and believe that science should be easily accessible to everyone - no matter what their background. I am therefore hoping to write a number of short books describing complex science issues in an easy to understand yet engaging manner. I am also writing books that describe my own personal experiences of working in a science lab which I hope to have out later this year.

If you would like to know more about me, please visit my website:

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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GEM FROM THIS AUTHOR 11 Jun. 2013
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Not being scientifically minded but nosy enough in wishing to understand how someone studies for a Ph.D., I felt compelled to read this little gem of a book.

I found it to be an easy read for the uninitiated in the world of science as it is written very factually for the layman as Dr. Fletcher obviously intended.

Very informative and even the bits I really did not understand made good sense and I found myself inwardly laughing at parts which were quite lighthearted showing an "easier" side to obviously what are very hard studies.

All in all, a very down to earth book and must be most helpful for those who wish to pursue this path.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written 28 Jun. 2013
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Excellent, friendly text for anyone thinking of embarking of a scientific PhD. Full of warts and all, and personal reflections that make you want to read on.
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This book gives such an honest outlook into the life of a PhD student. It is written in a very genuine and sometimes humorous manner. This book is a real gem. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading - yet again! 13 Jun. 2013
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Another easy to read (and understand!) book from Dr Fletcher, giving prospective students an idea of what is involved in undertaking a PhD. She gives practical information and provides an insight into her thoughts and feelings during her own experiences - sometimes in a light hearted manner. Thriving Lessons nicely sum up each section, simplifying this book even further. Recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this first!!! 13 Jun. 2013
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If you're considering post-graduate research, this book is a must. Dr. Fletcher gives an honest appraisal of the challenges facing students embarking on a further degree and describes the highs and the lows with passion and practicality. The book is well structured - I particularly like the 'thriving message' at the end of each section - and Dr. Fletcher's writing style gives the reader a true insight into her experiences.
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