The End is in Sight

The end of my first Proposion Examination and Defense, that is. My final proposal was the requisite 15-something pages of heavily citing, densely packed goodness on investigating proteins in the Yeast Nuclear Pore Complex. At least, I hope it is. Now, all that remains is… the Defense. Two to three hours of being grilled on molecular biology and biochemistry (and I have a physicist on my committee, to boot!).
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Anyway, my written proposal is in, and my Defense will be anytime in the next 3-4 weeks (they haven’t nailed down just when, yet). So I need to organize a mock Defense. I’m not quite sure who to ask. I think I should definitely ask Stacey, since she’s (a) a senior grad student, and (b) in my program. I’ll probably also ask August from my lab, since he’s very relaxed but knowledgable. I’m torn about asking Ben. He’s (unintentionally) a jerk, and very pompous when it comes to science. But, his harshness might prepare me for the actual defense. Beyond that, I should ask someone from MCDB, but I don’t really know anyone beyond my year. Well, I know Ping (the post-doc who lives above me), but Li already tapped her, and I doubt she wants to be on two mock exams next week. Hmm… Maybe I should figure out who’s in the Wilson lab, see if I can snag one of them.

I’m hoping this will all be done with by Halloween. Here’s hoping!

6 Responses to “The End is in Sight”

Andrew, I have complete confidence in your ability to design a good defense. I am confident that you really understand your topic.


Jim Bonham - October 18th, 2005 at 11:55 am

Good luck with your defense. I’m sure you’ll do fine with it.

mcmillan - October 19th, 2005 at 7:48 am

Thanks for the kind words. 🙂 Turns out, the physicist is dropping out (schedule conflicts), so I don’t know who my third committee member will be.

Excitement and adventure!

Paradoxdruid - October 19th, 2005 at 9:28 am

My Defense is 9 am, November 7th! Even though that means I have less than two weeks, it’s nice to have a final date to prepare for, rather than it being up in the air.

Now, I need to organize my mock Defense for early next week.

Paradoxdruid - October 25th, 2005 at 6:59 am

I’m glad but sad at the same time that they pushed your defense to later on — I’m glad because it’ll give you time to prepare more and learn from your mock, but sad because it’ll be a longer period of time before you’re more de-stressed. Though, you seem to be dealing with it pretty well 🙂

Teisha - November 5th, 2005 at 4:47 pm

Yeah, I was sad at first– but now that I’ve been through one mock defense (and hopefully can organize another), I feel like I know what I need to still learn, and a little more confident, so I’m not as aimlessly stressed. In any case, it’ll all be over in two weeks.

Teisha, meanwhile, isn’t mentioning her own stress she’s coping with: The Biochemistry subject GRE in less than a week. Good luck!!

Paradoxdruid - November 7th, 2005 at 4:31 am

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