As a graduate student, I unofficially started generating ideas and topics for Mademoiselle Scientist and discovered my first higher education blog, The Thesis Whisperer.
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Mademoiselle Spotlight: The Thesis Whisperer/Dr. Inger Mewburn:
Before officially starting Mademoiselle Scientist I reached out to The Thesis Whisperer. She gave me some great feedback and tips to get started. The advice I remember the most is to just start. There are not many blogs and platforms in the early academic, science, women in STEM, student and early research career category so there is a huge need. Currently, I’m two years in. I have a lot to learn and many things to share on my STEM journey.
Looking back I’m glad I took The Thesis Whisperer’s advice and recommend it to everyone. It is a gem of resources for graduate students and professionals. I can’t believe I didn’t know about The Thesis Whisperer earlier in my academic career. It would have been handy. On the bright side, I’m glad I found it.
What is The Thesis Whisperer?
The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper-style blog that talks about all the things you need to prepare for your thesis and academic career. To sum it up The Thesis Whisperer is the ultimate thesis academic experience. All of this is edited by Dr. Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training at the Australian National University and occasionally she has guest posts.
Beyond The Thesis Whisperer, Dr. Inger Mewburn is a researcher specializing in research education since 2006. Previously she was an architecture lecturer for about a decade. She writes scholarly papers, hosts workshops, visits universities, and much more. Also, she contributes book chapters and wrote the first Thesis Whisperer Book, How to Tame Your Ph.D., and has another book coming out soon, How to Write Your Thesis Faster.
Last month Dr. Inger Mewburn opened a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at The Australian National University on Edx.org called, How to Survive Your Ph.D. If you are a fan of The Thesis Whisperer I know you will enjoy this course. I finished the course and I enjoyed the impostor syndrome discussion.
Dr. Inger Mewburn represents a woman who is an advocate for higher education. She is committed to sharing her knowledge to help others during their thesis process. She gives you the good, bad, ugly and serves as a resource for anyone reading her blog. I urge all graduate students, prospective graduate students, and academics to check out The Thesis Whisperer.
After following The Thesis Whisperer I came across more resources: The Research Whisperer, This Week in Virology (TWIV), Science Mentor, This Week in Global Health (TWiGH), Tenure, She Wrote and the list goes on.
What other blogs should I check out? Share below.