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Personal Finance for PhDs

Jul 26, 2021

 In this episode, Emily interviews Dr. Michelle Thompson, who has had multiple careers as a lawyer, an adjunct, and now a coach and business owner. Michelle observed her mother's terror and her father's avoidance regarding money and combined the two in her own adulthood. Emily and Michelle discuss the financial struggle...


Jul 12, 2021

In this episode, Emily interviews Dr. Judy Chan, a PhD and staff member at the University of British Columbia. As a child of immigrants to Canada, Judy learned early on the virtues of hard work, saving, and the value of a dollar. She applied these principles consistently while she earned her PhD, started her business,...


Jun 28, 2021

In this episode, Emily interviews Jen from the Budget Epicurean (formerly College-Approved Food) about her experience as a grad student. Jen finished a master's and spent several years in a PhD program, but decided to leave before completing her dissertation. They discuss her reasons for leaving and the career she built...


Jun 14, 2021

This episode is a podcast swap! Emily's guest is Dr. Stephanie Schuttler of Fancy Scientist. Emily and Stephanie interview one another on the financial challenges of a career in wildlife biology and how to pursue your passion while preserving financial balance and health. They discuss the necessity and prevalence of...


May 31, 2021

In this episode, Emily interviews Dr. Veronika Cheplygina about the differences between how universities in the Netherlands and the US financially support their PhD students. In the Netherlands, PhD candidates (beyond the master's level) are full-time employees under a 4-year contract that specifies their pay and...