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You can just call me the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. P.I.!

When asked what my blog is about, I usually find it easier to say what it’s not about. “I blog about everything except work and boys”1. Today, I’m making an exception to one of those rules – because really, rules were made to be broken, right?

So what is it that’s sooo important that I *just* have to blog about? Well, it’s a little thing called a “research grant.” A research grant that I won with my very own science-y brain thoughts, which I put to paper, along with a stellar team of colleagues2. The extra cool thing is – I’m the principal investigator! And I get to hire a research assistant! And do all sorts of fun research-y things! And I may or may not have written the title of my grant in such a way that the acronym spells A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Because, you know, it seemed like the thing to do.

Of course, getting a research grant is not all just fun and games. With great research grants comes great responsibility. My first responsibility is to fly to Edmonton on Wednesday to go to a workshop to meet other grantees and the funding agency and learn cool things to make my research project even awesomer than it already is! And then I come back, finalize my research plan and get researching! So exciting!

Did I ever mention how much I love my job?

  1. I mean, I blog about hockey hotties and suchlike, but not about actual boys that I actually date in my actual personal life. []
  2. I’ve actually known about the grant for some time now, but I wasn’t able to publicly announce it until all the ducks were lined up in a neat little row  – things like getting research ethics approval from my organization (You’ll be happy to know that I’ve been certified as ethical now!). So I’ve been bursting at the seams to be able to tell all y’all my big news! []

5 Responses to You can just call me the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. P.I.!

  1. Karen says:

    Congrats! Are you visiting Edmonton this Wednesday or next? How long are you in town? I am away on business this week but get home late Thursday night and would love to take you for a beer!

  2. Beth says:

    Damn, it looks like I am *just* going to miss you. My flight back to Vancouver is Friday evening, immediately after my workshop ends.

    I would love to have gone for a beer and to meet baby Robert!

  3. Rachel Moll says:

    Congrats Beth! That’s awesome news! We can commiserate together later this year about how damn busy we are because we’re so damn good at getting grants! But for now it’s time to be excited! Today is my RA’s first day of work!!

  4. Beth says:

    Yay for RAs! My RA and are heading to Edmonton today. Good times!

  5. Karen says:

    I am back in Edmonton now and if your workshop is at U of A, I live right on campus! I am also a short train ride from downtown is your meetings are there.

    Today is my day off so text me if you have a coffee break and want to meet up. I will send you my cell number on Facebook.

    Otherwise, if you are back in town for more workshops in the future let me know!

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