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Retelling Your PhD Career Story With Kerri Twigg

This week on Papa PhD, I’m bringing you my recent conversation with Kerri Twigg, career development coach, TEDx speaker, and author of “The Career Stories Method”. During our conversation,...

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Débloquer la rédaction de thèse avec Martha Boeglin

Cette semaine, j’ai le grand plaisir de partager avec vous ma conversation avec Martha Boeglin à propos de la bête noire de beaucoup de thésards et thésardes – la...

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Following the Passion of Research with Mariana Vargas-Caballero

Many of my guests have talked about tuning into and pursuing your passion, when considering career options. In this episode, I talked with Mariana Vargas-Caballero about how she discovered...

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Talking Science to the Public and to Policy Makers with Mark Bayer

In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking science communication with former U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Chief of Staff and president of Bayer Strategic Consulting, Mark Bayer. During...

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Faire rayonner la science avec Marie-Andrée Fallu

La vie n’est pas faite de belles lignes droites. Pour mon invitée d’aujourd’hui, Marie-Andrée Fallu, son trajet académique a été assez linéaire jusqu’au post-doctorat, mais différents facteurs sont venus...

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Current Challenges in Graduate Education with Paul Yachnin

Higher education is under pressure, these days. It has been for a while, now, but the COVID-19 pandemic may well be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back,...

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Rapprocher science et société avec Elodie Cheyrou

L’année 2020, marquée par la pandémie de COVID-19, nous a apporté de grands défis et nous a amené à changer nos habitudes, notre façon de vivre en société. L’effort...

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Student Advocacy and Professional Development in Graduate School With Jinelle Wint

This week on Papa PhD, we’ll be focusing on graduate students and their professional development needs and common blind spots. My guest, Jinelle Wint, did her PhD in the...

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Going From Research to Business Development With Fabrice Marquet

Hi and happy new year! In this first episode of 2021, I bring you a story you may in part know. A story of changing countries and cultures and...

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Featured Guests

Career Development Coach and Author

Kerri Twigg is the founder of Career Stories. She has been helping people find and share their stories with confidence for nearly 20 years, seven in the career management sector. Kerri helps people figure out what makes them awesome and how that helps their career, whether they aim for a “job-job” or running their own business. And, if they’re not sure what kind of work, she helps with that too. She has taught at theatres, universities, and even a boathouse.

Coach de Rédaction de Thèse

Lorsqu’elle a voulu rédiger sa thèse, Martha Boeglin s’est vue paralysée durant de longs mois par l’angoisse de la page blanche. Incapable d’écrire, elle s’est intéressée au phénomène de l’écriture. Elle a alors découvert que les blocages sont normaux – et qu’il existe des techniques d’écriture créatives pour les dépasser. Sa passion pour les techniques d’écriture créative était née. Avec une double conséquence : d’abord, une fois les blocages dissipés, Martha a rédigé sa thèse dans une vague d’euphorie. Ensuite, son titre de docteur en poche, elle a créé en 2002 les ateliers d’écriture Scriptoria. 

Lecturer in neuroscience

Mariana Vargas-Caballero is a Mexican/British Neuroscientist. She obtained a degree in Biology in Mexico. She then trained for a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. With fellowship funding from Wellcome Trust, she obtained postdoctoral training at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford.
In 2012, Dr. Vargas-Caballero established her independent research group at the University of Southampton where she is a Lecturer in Neuroscience.

Health Sciences Researcher, Yoga Instructor

Mark Bayer is an international keynote speaker, coach, and course instructor helping scientists and engineers get funding, gain influence, and build relationships with their most important stakeholders. A former Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Mark designs and delivers interactive talks and true-to-life training that empower listeners with the same proven, powerful tools he used to effectively communicate and navigate in the U.S. Congress.

Coodronnatrice générale / Agente de Liaison

Marie-Andrée a obtenu un PhD en géographie de l’Université Laval et a fait des études postdoctorales à l’UQTR. Elle a été engagée en 2006 à titre d’agente de liaison scientifique pour le GRIL, le Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en limnologie. Elle est employée de l’Université de Montréal, mais son bureau se situe à l’UQTR. Depuis quelques années, elle est aussi la coordonnatrice générale du GRIL.

Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies

Paul leads the TRaCE McGill Project, tracking the career pathways of 5,000+ PhD graduates from across the university and telling the stories of 150+ of them. He publishes non-academic essays about Shakespeare and modern life, including titles such as Alzheimers Disease: What would Shakespeare Do? and Tragedy as a Way of Life. Paul has also recently participated as an expert in the preparation of Degrees of Success, a report by the Council of Canadian Academies on the current state of the labour market transition of PhD graduates in Canada.

Experte - Communication publique des sciences

Passionnée par la recherche, Elodie Cheyrou œuvre depuis son doctorat en neurosciences à rapprocher les mondes de la science et de la société. À travers son parcours de plus de 13 ans en agence privée comme en institutions publiques, elle a développé une expertise en relations publiques, communication scientifique, développement de partenariats et animation de réseaux. Aujourd’hui, Elodie participe à la gouvernance de la politique publique de culture scientifique, technique et industrielle à travers la coordination nationale et internationale de la Fête de la science, événement national de référence rassemblant, chaque année, plus de 1,2 millions de visiteurs et 300 000 scolaires.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Jinelle Wint, PhD, is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Jinelle has extensive experience in program management, graduate career professional development, mentoring, and outreach. As a Graduate Career Coach at Stony Brook University, she led one-on-one career coaching sessions and coordinated career exploration seminars. She has served on the executive board of many organizations, held a position in the Center for Inclusive Education, and has advocated for graduate students on local, state, and national levels. Jinelle received her Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Sirotkin.


In my continued search for new science podcasts, I happened upon Papa PhD, hosted and produced by its creator David Mendes.

This podcast has wonderful interviews with those who’ve completed their PhD’s where they talk about what brought them to the path they are currently on in their career.

When it comes to thinking about networking and thinking outside the box as far as next steps after your PhD program, this is the podcast to subscribe to.Read article here.

Suzanne C. Miller – Managing Editor, Integrative & Comparative Biology

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Le parcours des intervenants est diversifié, tant académique que professionnel.

L’intervieweur laisse un bel espace aux intervenants et pose des questions pertinentes aux moments opportuns. »

François T. on Podchaser

Your podcast series is like a treasure mine for me 🙂  Every time I listen to one episode I find someone I want to connect to.

I don’t know how I will be implementing the feedback and guidance I have received so far from all the connections from your podcast series, but at least I know I really am enjoying connecting with new people.

Especially knowing that someone is involved in a job they are really happy in and that they have carved for themselves is so inspiring.

Anushka K. – Doctoral Researcher at Okayama University