Grant Deadline Season- the Spookiest Time of the Year

It’s almost Halloween and what could be scarier then talking about money as a graduate student? I have chills just typing this sentence. How do I get money to fund my summer research?


The Devastating Impact of Hunting Snares

Pictured here is a young male bonobo whom researchers named Ulrich.

Laurence Dumouchel with committee members

A View from the Other Side

When I first considered writing a blog about the experience of getting my Ph.D., I thought I would be able to provide life-changing advice or deep thoughts about the transformative process through

Victoria Lockwood

Life Across the Pond: Being an International Student at CASHP, GWU

I moved to DC from the UK last year to begin studying for my PhD at the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) at the George Washington University (GWU).

Elaine Guevara

A Quick Guide to Epigenetics

Recently, I’ve spent time at the National Museum of Natural History engaging with the public about my dissertation research on comparative primate epigenetics.


On the Privilege of Pursuing Higher Education

As a 32 year-old first-year Master’s degree student hopefully en-route to a PhD program, I have done a lot of soul-searching in the past few months.



I sat down to write this January blog post within the first hour of being asked to volunteer to write a blog back in the beginning of November.


Considering Lemurs on Our Quest to Understand Human Evolution

  “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,

but the one most responsive to change.”

Things I wish I had known about getting a PhD

   The author and her cat. 



Moving On Up: 5 Financial Secrets No One Tells You about Graduate School

Funded! Receiving an award letter to graduate school is one of the (hopefully many) highs in an academic’s life.


Moving Forward

I am a writer before I am a scientist.


Endangered apes

Over the past summer, I was collecting pilot data for my dissertation project on the locomotion of wild African apes, so I spent my time hiking in the forest and watching mountain gorillas in Volca