Thursday, December 9, 2010

The stress that is the committee meeting

So the past month I have been a bit preoccupied with preparing for what is known as a committee meeting.  As a graduate student we not only have our mentors, the person who is essentially our boss/slave driver, we have about 4-5 additional faculty members who also oversee the fate of our futures.  And starting in our 3rd year we have to meet about every 6 months with this "committee" to go over our research progress.  Yesterday was my first meeting.  Being as I have been in the lab for about a year and a half now I had quite a bit of data to go over and prepare for this meeting.  I knew my mentor expected a good presentation from me and therefore started early. Luckily I know my stuff.  There were only a few revisions and my final run through with her went very well.  However, my worries were not with her.  I know her faith and confidence in me.  This was my first meeting with the rest of the faculty who come from all different backgrounds.  I had no idea how they were going to respond to my ideas and research.  So there I sat, 5 minutes before the beginning of the meeting waiting and worrying about my competence as a scientist.  Talk about stress!
Then 2 hours later, I walked out alive.  Yes, it was a 2 hour presentation. Granted there were many interruptions for questions and discussions.  And thankfully they all agreed that what am doing has scientific significance.  YAY!!  The last year and a half has not been a huge waste of time!  But now what this really means is that I have a whole lot of work to get done in the next few months.  Because then I have not only another committee meeting, but my admission to candidacy meeting, where they will decide if I am fit to finish my PhD or not.  So, I'm letting myself enjoy the rest of December, but come January, its on!


  1. Congratulations Danielle! I know how stressful a committee meeting can be and I am sure that you rocked it!

  2. YEAH! So happy that the committee meeting went well!

    And always remember I am grateful for all of your hard work on this :) It just might save me one day:)

    <3 you!