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PhD Week 5: Done

Another week has come and gone of my PhD and therefore it is time to update you all about the lab meeting and the wonders of my week. Time seems to be rushing by (5 weeks have come and gone and I still do not know what I will be doing as part of my PhD) and passing by slowly (it seems that I have accomplished quite a lot since I moved here..mainly related to settling here however rather than my PhD).

Earlier on in the week, I attended the Orientation for Researchers at DCU, which I have already blogged about. However, related to my actual research, this week I had to present to my supervisors the way I see my project developing. Therefore during the meeting I presented an outline of what I will be doing in the next 3 years or so. Although I was scared of actually doing this, I think it served a good purpose, because all my thoughts which were previously running through my head have been now put down on paper (OK a presentation) and discussed with my supervisors.

Overall I feel things went well. The supervisors seemed to be interested in what I had to say. They seemed to agree with what I said and the supervisor who asked for this also thanked me and said that now my project is clearer in his mind, which I suppose is a good thing.

Where do I go from here? I now need to select which pharmaceuticals I will be analysing for. The list of human derived pharmaceuticals is nearly there, in that I know what I really need to analyse for based on my literature review and others which I might analyse for but which are not so critical based on literature, but could make for interesting findings. However the veterinary pharmaceutical selection is still way off. There is very limited, if any, literature on the subject. During the next week I hope to however make some progress in this aspect. I plan to become more aggressive, and rather than sending emails to authorities will start calling personally and see how it goes from there.

Wish me luck! Below please find a comic strip from www.phdcomics.com which is exactly how I feel…I already have over 200 references, which I should read, but are not really that organised. The list is always increasing and I do not think I will ever get to read them all. Will see.

The never ending wonders of references

The never ending wonders of references

  1. Richard Williams
    November 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hello Cecilia,

    It’s actually quite comforting that others feel the same as I do, and that the discomfort/uneasiness of being slightly lost within the first couple of months of a PhD is ‘normal’, or at least natural. I love the PhD comic diagram about the amount of references acquired, then read, then actually relevant to the PhD. I too have downloaded a small mountain of papers and reviews and am slowly ploughing through them. The problem I’m finding is that because I’m only a month in, and therefore do not know the specific direction that I wish to take over the next 3 years, I do not know which papers are not relevant, and therefore am trying to read ALL of them. I’m sure I’ll discover a ‘system’ soon, but for now I’m just trying to tick them off one-by-one.

    Good luck for your PhD.

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