A warm welcome to the newest members of our community! — R Voice

A warm welcome to the newest members of our community!

Andrea Hayward
Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin

April has been quite an exciting month for R Voice, and this is mainly because of all the new members who have joined us. Let's welcome them! ☺️

To all of our new members - Welcome to the R Voice Community. It's great to have you here! I'm sure everyone in the community would love to know more about you. So if you're new here, please go ahead and introduce yourself in the comments section below.

You could share things like:

  1. Where you're from
  2. What you currently do / your area of research
  3. Things outside of work such as your hobbies, pets, what you like to do for fun, etc.

I look forward to getting to know you all, and can't wait for you to jump in on community discussions! 🙂

@Helen Nicholls @Justine Whitaker @Jaheli Fuenmayor @Farshad Saffari @Evelyn Ansah @Julie Delaney @Kazuya Kito @Elham Ghassemi Marzbal @Victor Muthama @Abdul-Latif Jizorkuwie @radha ghimire @suzanne reinhardt @Suman Mundkur @Sindy Piñero @Kouider MAKHLOUF @Selina Defor @Adedoyin Ayodeji @Peter Esekon @Alexis Saldivar @Jessi Nelson @Nicole Wheeler @Antonia Wu @Kiran Kondru @olga A @Sarah Yearsley @Anita Morris @Zsolt Németh @Florence Basiimwa Tushemerirwe @UCHE OKAFOR @Amrendra Sharma @Nombuyiselo Zondi @Boris Ricks @Tesfahun Endalew @Joseph Gogodze @KRISTINA HODGDON @aydin abedinia

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  • Victor Muthama
    Victor Muthama Member Posts: 7

    @ Victor Muthama. 'm from Machakos, Kenya. Currently am a student at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri Kenya. Doing electrical and electronics engineering.

    Hobbies: swimming, adventure, dancing, drawing, just to mention a few. For fun I like hanging out with my peers, listening to music....

    Pets: Dogs, cats and rabbits.

  • Jayashree Rajagopalan
    Jayashree Rajagopalan Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 143 admin

    @Kiran Kondru - so excited to see a familiar face here! I remember our conversation around R Pubsure when we also ended up discussing broader things like challenges researchers face, the need for supporting early career researchers or preparing them to face challenges in their academic life, and stress management! You will find this community a great place to have conversations about literally anything - from the journal article you're currently reading to any current challenge that you need to vent about. I look forward to hearing more from you here.

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin

    @Victor Muthama thank you for sharing this with us! It's great to learn more about you. If I'm not mistaken, I believe you're the first member to join from Kenya. 😊

    One thing I can tell you already. Like you, there are tons of cat and dog lovers here within the community. In fact, @Raj sundaram quite literally started a discussion thread specially reserved for cute pictures of dogs. Check it out - https://voice.researcher.life/discussion/78/where-are-the-doggos. I think you'll like it 😃

  • Victor Muthama
    Victor Muthama Member Posts: 7

    @ andrea Hayward great to hear from you and am looking forward to interact with you and the community in broad aspects. Thanks for the link you have recommended me to check it out, its great 😅

  • Raj sundaram
    Raj sundaram Member Posts: 322 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 28

    @Victor Muthama Welcome to RVoice and our animal lovers club. 😁 Omg! Bunnies - love bunnies! There are really amazing bunny cafes here in Tokyo.

    Thanks, @Andrea Hayward for referring Victor to the discussion on doggos. 😀

    Right now, cats are a bit more dominant in the community here at RVoice - as cats usually are (in)famous for 😂.

    We are in a friendly tug-off-war - and are hoping to tilt the balance and reach equilibrium with other species of furries and fluffies... Your and all contributions to this endeavour will be very much appreciated. 😂

  • Jayashree Rajagopalan
    Jayashree Rajagopalan Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 143 admin

    Welcome @Victor Muthama - happy to have you here. ANOTHER PET LOVER! yay! My partner had two rabbits - they would hop onto his chest and nuzzle his chin when he got back from work everyday! And on when he'd be late, they would throw a tantrum. :-) And Andrea already shared the link to the dog videos. Feel free to share photos of your pets (this translates into - PLEASE share photos of your pets!)

  • Suman Mundkur
    Suman Mundkur Member Posts: 6

    Hello! This is Suman Deepak Mundkur. I am from Mumbai, India. An Educationist by profession, I completed 29 years of teaching Textiles, Textile Testing, Textile Designing, Dyeing and Printing, Apparel Designing, Costumes, Clothing, Fashion Merchandising, Export Merchandising, Fashion Illustration and more at SVT College of Home Science, SNDT Women's University. I am a visiting Faculty at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Have been Invited to present at various Webinars on Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion, Visual Research, Waste Management etc.

    Post- retirement in May 2020, I started the Academic Research Consultancy Services online. As a Research Consultant eager to assist and support researchers at any age. Having done Ph.D at the age of 56 years, I would particularly encourage lifelong learners in taking up Research Projects, Research writing, Publishing articles, Reports, Review and Research papers.

    I enjoy a peaceful contented life with gardening, music, sewing and connecting with people. Cats and birds are my favorites. Happy to connect with like-minded people.

  • Victor Muthama
    Victor Muthama Member Posts: 7

    Thanks very much for informing me of the animals lovers club😂 it will be cool to be in such a group.😅

  • Victor Muthama
    Victor Muthama Member Posts: 7

    Yeah😃I will send the pics Jay. It pleasure to know you as another pet lover😂

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin

    Welcome @Suman Mundkur! Thank you for telling us a little more about you. I absolutely love your message about "lifelong learning." I am also certain that many other researchers within our community will benefit from all the wisdom you've gained after so many years of experience as an academic. Looking forward to hearing your perspective on future discussions. 😊

  • Jessi Nelson
    Jessi Nelson Member Posts: 4

    Thank you for the welcome to the new space. I am Jessi from Canada, a non-male non-cis-gendered graduate researcher. I am presently researching PhD students and their degree pathways through higher education. Currently, I have designed my study, created surveys and interviews and am getting approval from ethics. I also have a national database I am working with. I’m looking forward to seeing what trends I might find.

    I enjoyed R Voice on the previous platform and look forward to participating in the conversations here. I really like the global research and connectivity this group allows.

    When I’m not doing academic work, I enjoy being outside, camping with my partner and kids, enjoying music, swimming and reading.

  • Jayashree Rajagopalan
    Jayashree Rajagopalan Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 143 admin

    Hi @Jessi Nelson - Welcome to R Voice. Happy to hear that that you liked the community on it's previous platform. Yes, connectivity and voice are what we treasure. I am fascinated by your research focus/choice of topic! Looking forward to having interesting conversations with you here on R Voice.

  • Parul Nigam
    Parul Nigam Member Posts: 5

    Hello to all the members.

    Hope you all are safe and healthy

    I am Parul Nigam, Assistant Scientist , writer and editor at New Delhi, India based Laboratory. My core is Pharmacy and I am very much lucky to be a part of this excellent platform. If anyone wants any suggestions regarding their research in the field of Pharmacy and medicine please fell free to message me or contact me.

    I like to draw whenever I get free from mine work, or whenever I feel restless. And this activity of mine, takes me to another world and after 30 min I am totally a new researcher.

    Happy and felling very much lucky to be a part of this excellent team.


  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin

    @Jessi Nelson thank you for the introduction and also for your kind words about R Voice. So glad you made the transition to the new forum with us! 😊

    I am very intrigued by your research area and would love to learn more. Are you also looking at PhD students who move away from academia for a more industry-facing role once they've gotten their degrees? This might be great for PhD students who are trying to figure out their postdoctoral options.

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin
    edited April 30

    @Parul Nigam welcome to the R Voice Community. It's great to have you here! I'm so glad you mentioned that you like to draw. I'd like to introduce you to @Soumi Paul, another passionate artist (and researcher, of course) like you. 😊 She has recently shared some of her artwork with the community. If you feel comfortable sharing some of your own work, I'm sure we'd all love to see it!

    P.S. I know the situation in New Delhi is quite poor at the moment, so I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are doing fine. I live in Mumbai and I've really been struggling to deal with everything that's been happening around me. Sending you strength and hugs. Stay safe!

  • Soumi Paul
    Soumi Paul Member Posts: 138 ✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to all, and @Parul Nigam, surely, would love to see your expressive artworks. ☺️

  • Jessi Nelson
    Jessi Nelson Member Posts: 4
    edited April 30

    Great question @Andrea Hayward ! My project is more focused on the pathways PhDs take as they move through higher education into PhD programs. In Canada, it is not always required for a prospective PhD student to have a Master’s degree (some PhDs students might enter having no previous experience at the graduate level), and others might start a Master’s program and transfer that research into a PhD, if it makes sense to (occurs in the first year of a master’s thesis). I am looking specifically at these differences in degree pathways.

    There is research in Canada about transitions to the labour market after PhD completion, and some of this is done using national surveys done at various intervals. There are so many interesting questions that can be asked about where PhDs go, for both completes and non-completes (less is known about the latter because many surveys are sent to PhD graduates). In my opinion, answering these types of questions, about PhD education and outcomes, is necessary to improve the educational model we use to ‘produce’ PhDs and other highly qualified persons. Of course I can only speak to what I know in the Canadian context, and I am not sure what the situation is in other parts of the world, but PhDs here are still being trained as academics-first, which makes it much harder for them to transition into industry/private sector.

    I would love to learn more about what is happening in other places around the world, whether there are any innovative PhD programs, what the stats are for receptor capacity of PhDs in the labour market, attrition rates, etc. Do you have any thoughts or added insight, know others researching in this space?

  • Raj sundaram
    Raj sundaram Member Posts: 322 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 3

    @Jessi Nelson Welcome to RVoice...and your research topic is very very interesting as @andrea Hayward and @Jayashree R have pointed out....

    This is not my research topic...but I do read a bit about this as an academic interested in what happens to PhD students when they enter, through their programs and afterward...so...I'm super curious...

    what are the attrition rates in canada, typical course durations (broadly for physical and social sciences) and any insights on if there are specific windows during which students are most likely to quit?

    I've read here and there that attrition rates in the US can be as high as 50%...any comments on this figure?

    And...as a request....would be great if you could share here with us some core findings from your research and their implications...in future...after ethics approval and publication, of course. 🙂🙏

    We all come from diverse backgrounds here and we may not have access to relevant papers. Also, many of us (including me) being non-experts in the field but with loads of interest in your results would really appreciate learning about the core findings in a non-specialist language. 🙂

  • Jessi Nelson
    Jessi Nelson Member Posts: 4
    edited May 3

    Hi @Raj sundaram, and thank you for your comments. First, I am more than happy to share my findings once I have them. In terms of attrition, there are some stats, but it is not well tracked, especially for those who leave after the second year.

    I am not sure whether this report will be of interest to you, but it was released in January of this year. It does focus a lot on the labour market transitions of PhD graduates, but it also has some research findings that show the average time it takes to complete degrees, grouped by major fields of study. It is freely accessible. https://cca-reports.ca/reports/the-labour-market-transition-of-phd-graduates/ and is written for a wide audience.

    Finally, with respect to your question about PhD attrition, sadly, yes, 50% dropout rate is common (especially within the first year or two of study). I would have to look up the stats to break this down by field, but those in the humanities and social sciences tend to have a higher dropout rate when compared to fields that fall under the umbrella of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences). Also, as a side question--is STEM a global term? Just wondering?

    If you are interested in attrition, specifically, Barbara Lovitts has done a good deal of research about attrition for PhDs in the U.S.A., and Vince Tinto' model for attrition considers the many causes that contribute to a student's decision to withdrawal from their program. I found this article that talks about Tinto's model (link). Perhaps some of this research is known to you...is the attrition rate in North America similar to attrition where you are? I would be interested to know what is happening in other parts of the world.

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 455 admin

    @Jessi Nelson thanks for sharing more information about your work! With regard to getting more insights from other parts of the world about pathways PhDs take as they move through Higher Ed, might I suggest Twitter as a source? If you can get the attention of profiles like Academic Chatter and Open Academics and request them to amplify your question, I think you'll get a lot of answers - they might not be very detailed but it might help with some rough trends or point you in the direction of people who may be worth interviewing. Just a suggestion 🙂

  • Raj sundaram
    Raj sundaram Member Posts: 322 ✭✭✭✭

    @Jessi Nelson , thank you very much for the detailed response and pointers to resources. Lovitts. Ah...I was wondering the name sounds familiar. I've read a bit of her work in "leaving the ivory tower". But it was written in 2001 and I haven't followed up properly afterward.

    Will look up Tinto's model. Seems very interesting on a quick first look.

    I'm not aware of studies on attrition rates in India (where I did my undergrad) or in Japan (my current place of work). I think there are a few attrition rates studies on the UK universities (I did my master's and doctorate in the UK...) However, I'm not sure if there is any consistent long term effort to keep and share these stats.

    But I could be easily wrong about all the above, because I'm not following closely. Would be interesting to get data and a picture about attrition vs. academic cultures in various countries to make appropriate policies and strategies at institutional/local levels. Hope some experts out there like you can help shine light on this...🙂🙏

    Yes, STEM seems quite a global term. I've heard people (both in STEM and outside STEM fields) from all over the world use this terminology....