One Year Anniversary, and a Funding Vindication

Today is the One Year Anniversary of my Ph.D. The last couple weeks I’ve had what I thought might be Frodo-like anxiety aftereffects, and was briefly concerned that I might also have been pierced by a Morgul blade, bitten by a giant spider, and have Phantom Limb from where my finger was bitten off by an ugly CGI character. But I realized no, that wasn’t the case (whew), any anxiety I’ve experienced (and my concomitant hiatus) is due to 1. my postdoctoral NRSA proposal 2. my hard drive crashing and the big number 3……


… Evil Monkey is back in the monkey business!!! I submitted an internal proposal to our agency, in conjunction with my boss and another lab. I recently found out that it was funded, which is unheard of. I never get anything funded!!! What’s more, we now have a $200k budget to work with next year, and I’m the lead on the project!!!! Can you tell I’m excited?
Unfortunately this project comes with substantial work overload and is in addition to my postdoctoral mouse projects. I’ve now got a huge hole of work to dig out of, so I’m quite the frazzled little pooflinger. I’ll be posting again on a regular basis after next weekend, and sporadically until then. I’ve got a few other interesting twists in my life that I’ll write about as well.

7 Responses

  1. Congrattulations! Great news!

  2. Congrats. It’s not the best year or five for this, so it’s even more impressive. Best of luck.

  3. Wonderful news and congratulations. Can’t wait to read about the pooflinging (er…from the monkeys that is).

  4. Holy cow, Dr Evil! Congratulations!
    I second Dr Molecule’s sentiment regarding the gravity of this funding win in these lean times.
    As Professor and Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, once sang of my beloved New York, “If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.”
    You, sir, will make it anywhere, anytime, any funding climate.
    Let’s compare Sept and Oct calendars for some celebratory libations – perhaps I might even talk you into fielding my application as your postdoc?

  5. Libations a must. You might want to wait until I’m faculty, though, before you start applying for a postdoc position.

  6. Congratulations, you sword-wielding monkey.

  7. Kudos, EM! Just be sure to lose the Cosmo-style excess exclamation marks in the manuscripts that result from this well-funded research project.

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