Look what I picked up today! My bound PhD thesis!
I got lots of comments about the colour:
“That’s a very bold colour.”
“Wow, red! With gold letters!”
Yup. It’s red. The colour scheme was based on the book that first piqued my interest in Biochemistry:
Next to each other on the shelf it would look kind of like this:
Well, I guess I have other books, too. It would maybe look more like this:
I also found some old lab-themed photos on my cell phone, from last year. Here is one of my lab books in action. (“Action” for a lab book means being covered in post-it notes, I guess.)
Now, I know that if you got this thesis in your hands, you’d flip to the acknowledgements right away. Here they are in PDF form (If you’ve ever talked to me at all, even just online, check out the second last paragraph of the pdf – you’re all implicitly in there, and as the last people I thank right before my family!) And here is the start of the acknowledgments, with a quote from one of my favourite books.
” ‘The Eighth Square at last!’ she cried as she bounded across, and threw herself down to rest on a lawn as soft as moss, with little flower-beds dotted about it here and there.” – Lewis Carroll (“Through the Looking-Glass”)
This thesis is the final result of six and a half years of research and lab work. As you look at the figures and graphs on its pages, you will learn what I did while I was sitting in the tissue culture room, what I thought about while reading papers, pipetting or peering down microscopes. But the western blots and confocal images will not tell you who where there with me, encouraging me along the way, even at the moments when I thought I’d never get anywhere with my experiments. These first few pages are for them.
Not in the acknowledgments (because she can’t read) was my cat Penny, who I’ve had the pleasure of living with for the majority of my PhD. But she was most certainly the “person” who was there the whole time – even tonight while I took photos of my fancy bound thesis. Check the extended entry to see what I have to deal with every day, and why it was really hard to take these photos…