After getting back to England, I re-packed my suitcase, picked up my research poster, taught an osteology lab, and then rushed to get to the train station so I could make my flight from Heathrow to Lyon, France, where I found myself less than 48 hours after only just coming back home from Japan. Fortunately, I am a (self) acclaimed master of organization, and I had strategically planned my flight from Japan such that I would beat the jet lag. This was done by forcing myself to get up at strange times for flight transfers so that by the time I made it back to Leicester, I’d be tired enough to sleep during the night and wake up at a fairly decent time in the morning. I was very grateful for my foresight and planning, since I was able to adjust to the time in France (1 hour difference with Leicester) without a problem.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, and a typical PhD thesis averages around 70,000 words (depending on the discipline), then I should be all set to graduate with my hundreds of photos and 3D images from my data collection. Unfortunately, I doubt that it will be that easy…
This month, I entered the University’s PhDepictions contest, in which graduate students are invited to submit a photo that can capture the essence of their research project. This is quite challenging to do, since a PhD encompasses so much – how does one simplify the concept and content of a complex project into a mere image?
I must have done an all right job, since I placed fifth out of 21 candidates with my submission: