JacqueLENS PhD


"There have always been highly capable women wanting to be scientists." Rita Colwell, PhD

Welcome to my Blog!


All views and opinions are my own. Please join me on Tuesdays for a new blog post!


Oct 19, 2021


The Matilda Effect


It is no coincidence that my website motto is “There have always been highly capable women wanting to be scientists,” by Rita Colwell, PhD. But the fact is, even if there have always been women wanting to be scientists, their contributions to the scien...


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Oct 13, 2021


Guest Blogger: Caitlin Meyer the Science and Technology Policy Lady


Sorry for the delay in updating my blog! It is midterm season and the last two weeks have been incredibly busy. Today I invited Caitlin Meyer also known as the Science and Technology Policy Lady on Instagram to be a guest blogger! Caitlin's Advice to...


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Sep 28, 2021


The Hidden Rules of Graduate School Applications


When I decided to apply to doctoral programs, I had no idea what the applications entailed. I decided to talk to a cousin of mine who had entered a PhD program a year before and discovered that there seemed to be these hidden rules and expectations tha...


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Sep 21, 2021


The Big Picture


Thus far the most important thing I’ve learned in my PhD is that research is HARD, especially when you are working with human subjects. Although I am not working with people directly, I am doing research with electronic medical records in a database th...


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Sep 14, 2021


The Debate: Physician or Scientist


For years I was a hardcore, ambitious premedical student. I lived and breathed medicine and I had only one ambition - become a physician. And then, I began working in academia and it opened me up to a career I hadn’t yet considered, a PhD. For the last...


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Sep 7, 2021


Starting a PhD in Melbourne, Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic


As part of my blog, I aim to share many voices from other PhD students. As my first guest blogger, I asked Shakira Milton to share her story about starting her PhD in Australia during the pandemic. Shakira is a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbou...


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Aug 31, 2021


Read, Read, Think, Write, and Read.


When I was working at EVMS I told my supervisor that I wish we had the time to start our day with two hours of just reading the scientific literature. This way we could keep up with the new literature as well as explore new ideas for our research proje...


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Aug 24, 2021


Starting a New Journey with a White Coat!


By the end of high school, people expect you to start figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life. But how can you decide your career if you haven’t had any experience in that career field yet? In college, I dreamed of becoming a physic...


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Aug 10, 2021


Share Your Voice


This post is dedicated to Carrie Elzie, a mentor who showed me that no matter my age or credentials, my voice matters.  Working in academia taught me many lessons, but one of the most valuable ones was that my voice was important. I started my academi...


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Aug 3, 2021


The Power of a Learning Disability


When I was in second grade, my parents learned that I had a learning challenge, dyslexia. Although I have not always had accommodations, being labeled with dyslexia has haunted me. I was constantly afraid that people would treat me differently because ...


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Jul 26, 2021


Finding Your Research Rotations


Similar to most science PhD programs, during my first year I will complete three research rotations to identify possible research mentors. In my second year, I will officially pair with one of these scientists to conduct my research for my degree. We w...


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Jul 16, 2021


So What is Clinical Translational Science Anyways?



I have just moved to Cleveland, Ohio and am starting a doctorate program in Clinical Translational Science at Case Western Reserve University. This past month I have been bombarded by questions  from my family and friends. “So what degree are you actua...


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