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“There was always so much I didn’t know, but not knowing was part of it all.” — Nnedi Okorafor, Binti: Home

  • The steps I took to win a Fulbright Research Scholarship

    July 15, 2019 by

    Before I begin, I want to point out that this should be read as a memoir not a guidebook. These are the steps I took. My success does not imply that you need to follow these steps to win. The Fulbright application and the proposal within are quite literally extensions of you and your passions.… Read more

  • Perseverance into the unknown: how the video game Dark Souls embodies how we should approach scientific research

    August 5, 2020 by

    2021 update: Parts of this talk are the topic of a podcast episode titled, “Failure is an Asset,” with Erin Blauvelt of The Theory Girls. Talk given as part of the Science Research Institute (SRI) program organized by Alright College/Conrad Weiser High School. Thank you Casey Schwarz, Ann Schmidt, and Alexa Schneck for organizing this… Read more

  • Applying to grad school

    July 24, 2019 by

    2022 update I gave a talk on this topic again to the math and computer science REU at Ursinus College in the summer of 2022. This rendition covered almost everything that the 2021 version does, but by virtue of the format of these talks — answering the REU students’ questions being the first priority —… Read more

  • GRE general test study guide

    July 24, 2019 by

    Firstly, I highly recommend finding these books through libraries or your school’s interlibrary loan systems. These tests are expensive, don’t buy these books unless you cannot find them at the library, and only buy used and cheap. Study materials #1: free practice exams 2 free ones here from the official ETS prep system 1 free… Read more

  • Physics GRE subject test study guide

    July 24, 2019 by

    First … some context I am by no means an expert on studying for the pGRE. In fact, I started out with an abysmal score… I took it in April of my junior year (DON’T DO THIS) and got a 3rd percentile (460 raw)… Yeah… If there were 100 people taking the test, I scored… Read more

  • Getting research experience as an undergraduate

    July 15, 2019 by

    Why do research? Before I proceed, allow me to tell you (as I was told as a freshman) what getting a PhD in the sciences in the U.S. looked like financially in the hopes that it lights the same fire under you butt to overachieve as it did for me. If you get into a… Read more

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