What is in a title?

I did it.

Friday, at noon, I stood up in front of a room full of people. Students, professors, collaborators, mentors, big-wigs, and labmates. I told my story, I disseminated what I did and why I did it. And I did so in forty minutes. I pointed at plots and Ven diagrams, showed pretty pictures, and identified to my audience the importance of my work.

Afterward, I stood in front of my committee and discussed my data, the plots, and why I chose the approaches I did. I explained how I interpreted my statistics and why I thought what I did was correct. I argued defended the work I’ve done over the last three years, five months, three weeks, and four days- and was successful. Sure, there were struggles. My ego took a few blows, but my eyes didn’t well up with tears. I held strong and stood behind the data that I took, analyzed, and interpreted. I understood its shortcomings but also emphasized on how the design of the studies and my statistics were sound.

And in the end, I came out triumphant. I successfully defended my dissertation works. After years of struggles and triumphs, I am finally done**!

**Almost. I still have to submit my final version of my dissertation to the graduate school, and get two more signatures. But I am, for all intent and purpose, done with my PhD.


About megankillian

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. I love biomechanics!

Posted on November 8, 2010, in academia, grad school. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. congrats Ms. PhD Nice work!

  2. Congrats doc!

    You’ve made the rest of us who are still in the trenches proud.

  3. What’s up Doc?

    I’ve always wanted to say that *snicker*

    Well done!!


  4. Congrats!!!! Megan, you ARE a PhD!!! (picture hearing that in the voice of Mike Reilly)

  5. Congrats!!! That’s got to feel amazing!!!!! I bow to your tenacity and all around awesomeness DR! Killian.

  6. So proud of you Megan….Knowing Grandpa is looking down & saying “Great Job Megan”…he had such a passion about how important education is. Love ya

  7. Congratulations Dr. Killian! That is awesome!

  8. Congratulations Megan! What’s next?

  9. Is there a docta in da house?! Heck yah there is! Congrats!

  10. Fabulous!!! Congrats, Dr. Killian!!

  11. Congrats! Just thinking of it makes me terrified. I don’t know how you people do it…

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