Lab Notebook

This blog is a chronicle of my journey as a single mother attempting to get her PhD in biology at a midwestern university. I am passionate about being a mom, education, science, and various hobbies so this blog will have a smattering of all of them. In 2016, I am going to attempt to post every week (unless I'm on vacation) for a total of #50posts. Some of my ongoing themes are:

How it Works - looking at methods I have used through my years in science for a more in-depth of how they work. Inspired by one of Boo's favorite shows "How It's Made"

Best Biochemist - a professor of mine calls plants the best biochemist as they are capable of making a great deal of compounds. This tag explores all of the various compounds plants can create. 

Species Spotlight - the plant kingdom is very diverse, each species spotlight highlights a species I think is cool and why.

In the News - news-style reports on current research in plant sciences journal articles that I think are interesting.

DFPM - Dear Future Professor Me is a series of letters from the grad student perspective to the faculty member she hopes to become later in life.

NaNo - short for NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month which I participate in yearly. These posts will either be about NaNo or about novel writing.

Citizen Science - highlights places anyone can get involved in scientific experiments. 

Some older tags I used when I was trying to post 3 times a week:

Molecular Monday - As my research is heavily based in molecular biology, this is the day that I will be posting science and school related things.
Wacky Wednesday - This is my grab bag day, anything that I feel like writing about could show up.

Family Friday - This is the day I focus on the Mommy aspect of my life.

I hope you enjoy this blog and if you have any questions or comments please drop me a line! If there is anything you can think of that would improve the blog please let me know!


  1. All the best in your PhD Journey. Looking forward to read all your PhD notes. Wishing you and your child the very best in your studies.

    1. Thanks! I need to update more, been so busy :(

  2. Great! Will read all posts from your PhD notebook. Success in your studies.

    1. Thanks! Hopefully new content next year!


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