A Day in the Life of a Postgraduate Science Researcher [Video]

A lot of the time, we postgrad students are shut away from the outside world in our offices or labs. It’s sometimes easy to forget that there is an outside world, and that it’s full of other postgrads doing lots of innovative, messy, perplexing, and downright fascinating research.

So let’s throw open our office & lab doors (metaphorically, at least) and learn about each other’s work. Over the next three Fridays, Thesislink will bring you three windows into the lives of other PG research students. Each Friday, we’ll post a video following a day in the life of a PG researcher in a different field. Get excited, because this week, it’s science!

By reputation, scientists are obsessive geniuses with crazy hair and distractable personalities who discover new ways of knowing our world. The producers of “The Big Bang Theory” haven’t done too much to dispel those stereotypes.

But the life of a postgraduate science researcher isn’t all Einsteinian revelations and eccentricity. We followed AUT Applied Sciences PhD candidate Heather Braid for a day to discover that real scientific research involves patience, passion, and… the pizza setting on the microwave?! Watch below to find out more.

Coming up next Friday: oh, the Humanities! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Check back on Thesislink on the 16th to watch a Humanities postgrad researcher as he goes about his day and talks about his work.

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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