Voices


  • Imposter syndrome in academia and how I beat it

    Sabiha opens up about struggling with impostor syndrome during her PhD

    May 30th 2020

  • In the backdrop of COVID19, I defended my PhD

    A recent PhD graduate tells us about her virtual defense during the covid-19 pandemic.

    May 25th 2020

  • Introducing #WIISER by IISER Kolkata

    IISER Kolkata has taken a step towards recognition and correction of the gender imbalance that exists within its own walls. A new scicomm effort showcases the women scientists of the institute. Arunita Banerjee, the coordinator of this series, tells us more.

    May 20th 2020

  • Drawing to coax new scientific questions

    Late into her PhD, biologist Ipsa Jain realised that she did not want to spend her life in a lab. Was it okay then to change her mind and embrace visual arts — something which never failed to make her happy?

    March 25th 2020

  • Living to tell the tale: I quit my PhD as a survival tactic

    The heady excitement of being admitted into a premier research institution built this PhD student for the best few months of her life. But somewhere along the way, things went downhill. Less than two years later, she decided to quit her PhD to give herself a new lease on life.

    October 22nd 2019

  • How one research institute is building a culture where #ItsOkayToTalk

    When a student turned up at the office requesting to see a counsellor, communicator Siuli Mitra and her colleague were baffled. They didn’t know if they had one and if yes, who it was. That experience set the wheels of change rolling for mental health support at this research institute in Faridabad.

    October 15th 2019

  • “I can’t be depressed, I am Dalit.”

    Academia is obsessed with marketing mental health as a science, without bothering to locate it as something that could be produced by social realities. And in India, is there any other social reality that is bigger than the reality of caste?

    October 10th 2019

  • Explainer: Mental Health Issues Faced by LTQ Women of Science

    Everyone in India faces social stigma when it comes to mental health issues. However, women face a lot more of it due to patriarchal norms, social conditioning, and misogyny built into in the system. Lesbian, trans, and queer women specifically may have to deal with oppression arising from genderism, heteronormativity, and transphobia. Let’s look at […]

    October 5th 2019

  • Being a Lesbian Trans Woman of Science in India

    “Post and during the transition, I have definitely faced much discrimination and bigotry in the academic world,” says A. Mani, a mathematician

    October 3rd 2019

  • STEMming the tide of mental health crises

    Two neuroscientists and a sociologist reflect on mental health experiences of people in science. What is it about the environment in STEM labs that might increase the risk for anxiety and depression?

    October 2nd 2019