Dr. Mom, My Adventures as a Mommy-Scientist

Discussion of my journey from grad school to postdoc to tenure with two kids, a husband, (and a bit of breast cancer) in tow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stories from the Trenches

Basking in the inauguration glow...thought I'd share a few humorous anecdotes.

I received this email recently:
"I forgot to turn in my homework last week. When will you be around and where should I turn it in."
Note that all of this information is in the syllabus. (and who forgets to turn in their HW anyway)

Setting: One week before the final exam
Student: I need to take my exam earlier because I am leaving before the day it is scheduled.
Me: The exam date is clearly listed in the syllabus and had been posted since the week before class started.
Student: Yeah, I just never had an exam on Thursday before and didn't think they did them on those days or that it was special or something.
Me: The exam date is clearly listed in the syllabus and had been posted since the week before class started.
Student: Yeah, but if I don't take it early ... sob story goes here....

Setting: One week before end of term.
Student: Dr. Mom, I need to make an A in this class or my country, which is paying for my education, will make me come home.
Me: Well, let's see how you're doing. Okay, looks like you are making a "C" so you will need to make a nearly perfect score on the exam to achieve that goal.
Student: Yeah, I really need an A.
Me: Well, it sounds like it is possible, ambitious but possible. The practice exam is posted online as well as some review sheets. I suggest you start with those.
Student: Is there anything else I can do to improve my grade?
Me: Well, if you recall the first week of class I asked anyone if they had any particular grade that they needed to see me early in the term so that we can make a plan to help achieve it. It is a little late a week before the final exam. Good luck studying.


At 8:32 PM , Blogger DocElectron said...

Oh yes, the joys of the school year begin.

At 7:41 PM , Blogger Olivia said...

Have you heard about the Young Scientist Challenge? It's one of the nation’s premier science competitions for 5th-8th graders, and we are currently in the “call for entries” stage.

Here's the way it works: middle school students are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video about a science concept, and a panel of judges will choose 10 finalists to be flown to NYC to compete in a science competition.

For more info, please go to youngscientist.discoveryeducation.com or email me at omelikhov@hunterpr.com (my name is Olivia and our agency is helping to organize this).


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