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.

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


Surviving Graduate School as the Minority Representative

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, specifically in South Phoenix, which is a predominately Mexican-American community. I am Mexican-American.


Multitasking for the 21st Century Grad Student

The month of May is often a whirlwind! Everyone is busy transitioning from the semester to their summer research (or, for the lucky ones, vacation!).