pragwater:

All graduate students should read this article.

Originally posted on The Contemplative Mammoth:

This post is part of the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival on Imposter Syndrome, hosted by Scicurious over at Neurotic Physiology.

This may come as a surprise, but your colleagues are probably not thinking this.

When I started graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, I felt like an imposter. I thought that all of my fellow grad students were more together, had more basic science training (I never took calculus, intro bio or chemistry as an undergrad), were more articulate, less doubtful. I felt like I’d somehow fooled everyone into thinking I was qualified to get into graduate school, and couldn’t shake the anxiety that someone would ultimately figure out the error. When something good would happen– a grant, or an award– I subconsciously chalked it up to luck, rather than merit. It wasn’t until I was a year or two into my PhD that I learned…

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Eric Harmsen is a professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, Dept. of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He teaches courses in agricultural hydrology, agroclimatology and irrigation. His research interests include: Measurement and modeling all components of the hydrologic cycle, remote sensing of water and energy balance in the Tropics, and agroclimatology.
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