Gaining Strength from Adversity

Aditi Chattopadhyay, PhD: Gaining Strength from Adversity

Underscores the challenges that come from being the only woman in an academic department and gives suggestions on how to gain confidence and be assertive in these situations.

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Stubbornness and Tenacity
Highlights the obstacles faced when trying to have research reviewed by the advisor and emphasizes the steps necessary to make adequate progress in the program.

One Option: Take Time Off and Come Back
Advises graduate students to take a semester off if they choose to have a child because it is too challenging to handle a baby and research.

Comments on Commuter Marriage
Notes the challenges of a dual career marriage and the obstacles in fighting for tenure and balancing a relationship.

Working with Students
Working with graduate students is a rewarding aspect of being a faculty member.

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Chattopadhyay
Advice for graduate students on how to maintain their confidence, courage, and dignity.

Dealing with Assumptions and Accusations
Being accused of cheating and regrets about not being more assertive.

Experience as an International Grad Student
Challenges of being international and female, particularly with regards to an academic career and the choice to have children.

The Residual Effects of Sexual Harassment
How to survive the aftermath of a sexual harassment incident.

How to Have Sexual Harassment Policies
How to be upfront, direct, and assertive when confronting instances of sexual harassment.

Woman vs. The Man
Describes an incident of receiving a lower grade than a man for similar work.

Ways to Cope with Minor Issues Related to Being a Woman
How to observe others' reactions to subtle comments in order to gauge an appropriate response.

The Importance of Having Positive Working Relationships: A Case Study
The importance of good working relationships and when it's worth putting forth effort.

Critical Mass
Captures the annoyance of male colleagues making sexist assumptions and the challenges with conference travel as a female graduate student.




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