Big congrats to Jenna, our resident microbiologist, who passed her Written qualifying exams this week! In finishing these, she is officially halfway to making the transition from a PhD student to a PhD candidate. In the grad school world, this is huge. It means you have spent enough years in the program (usually 2-3) and amassed enough knowledge to pass some really tough exams (written and oral) and propose a plan for the project you’ll complete during the rest of your PhD.
Having milestones to accomplish is critical to maintaining optimism and a healthy level of obsession for your work in graduate school. We’re proud of you, Jenna!