Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Money to burn

I've got ~$1000 left in my fellowship account and it needs to be spent by August 31st. I can't buy a computer or a comfy desk chair without promising to give them to the school upon my departure. If I want to use it for travel/conference, the trip has to occur before the end of August (but wait, that's soon and I'm writing).

Other than blowing the money on books/journals, I'll never read, does anyone have any suggestions?

27 comments:

Doctor Free-Ride, Ph.D. said...

What's wrong with books or journals? Who doesn't like books and journals?

(Or, is there a piece of "scientific attire" -- a bitchin' labcoat or field coat? Maybe computer software?)

Borrego said...

How about a romantic weekend with your husband? Or, lets see, you seem outdorsey, a new bike, a kick ass digital camera, some pampering at a SPA, a subscription to something that you have wanted for a while ( whatever that may be ), a dog, shoes, a tent, a keg party, tickets to the Rolling Stones, a guitar, repairs around the house, a thousand lotto tickets, hehe, let me know if any of these seem like a good idea, bye.

Riza Nurhadi said...

Give it to the one who needs it the most, me. or Fly to southeast asia and have a nice vacation.

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Are your professional memberships all paid up for the next year?

ScienceWoman said...

borrego and riza nurhadi - Yes, I have plenty of ideas for spending 1000 if it was my own money, but this money is squirreled away in a university account. Which means that in order to spend it, I need to be able to justify it in relation to my research or professional development. Plus, it has to be something that the university won't try to grab.

Rose Connors said...

How about a lab coat for your research assistant, the Princess Pup? :)

Rose

skookumchick said...

I was going to say professional memberships too. Or how about conference registrations, not the travel part?

I'm all about blowing other people's money on books, even if you don't read them right away. They'll still be there when I get around to them.

How about lab equipment or software upgrades for your computer? Or software you might need in the upcoming year (as has already been suggested)?

twf said...

I'm sure there's a colleague in a beautiful tropical locale who would love for you to give a guest seminar.

Ben Myers said...

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geobabe said...

one word. mini. i don't imagine college will be cheap in 2024. :S

TV Wife said...

Botox darling, what else?

We can't have ugly chicks roaming the halls now, can we?

Seriously, plant a tree. Plant ten. Name the tree after your favorite Professor or maybe after the one you hate the most (the Freshmen are sure to pee on it anyhow).

Botany is a science you know.

veer said...

Start a small lab of ur own in ur place which would include tools,any kinda simulation software that u use..that will help u in the future ..also u could teach some small interested kids.. since phd is the startin point and lot more has to be achieved in the future...all the best..

Sonnjea B said...

Sorry, everyone else had all my ideas. Well -- pizza, I guess. Lots of pizza.

Jones said...

why not a nice printer and consumables that u can use it to print your dissertation....

lynne ireland said...

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foodforthought said...

Surviving your PhD is just the first step. If your life is anything like mine, you will ask yourself everyday after you survive that milestone why you chose to do something that requires so much focus and such attention to details that you can't do what other people do without worrying that you are not getting closer to the end of the tunnel of your current project.
Take comfort in the knowledge that at least your life will be more interesting, and that will in some way compensate for all the things you have to give up to attain your goals.

As for using the $1000, hire someone to proofread or edit your dissertation. I used a typist who also error-checked and it allowed me to focus on the factual stuff, getting refs together, tables, and other details.

Another Science Woman

LapisDragon said...

If you have $1000 dollars left still, can you buy science relation products other then books and materials? Such as art decors? Maybe your own paintings, posters, decors, and such to highlight your house of a science major with a PHD. Or do those not qualify?

Oh yeah, congratz on your phd in science. I know how difficult it can be to get there. I work in a forensic science lab and I have a student who has been working on her phd for nearly three years. So plenty of congratz!!!!

florestera said...

depending on the -ology, field equipment. $1000 might be over-kill, but depending on your consumables, it'll easily eat up a few hundred.

sab said...

What about a big group "off-site meeting" ... ie. party. Kind of organize your own mini-conference, invite your fellow group members, and other members of the department, and then tell everyone to leave the science home?

Still... books sound like a good idea to me... but then I'm a book adict. I could never have too many. Software's not a bad idea either. Unless you have it already... Photoshop is good for putting together thesis figures so it's even justifiable, not to mention it would eat up most of the money. ;)

Miss China Paws said...

Start a scholarship with it. Hey, a once off, but so what?
And make it a scholarship for cats!

Robbyne said...

How about taking some horseback riding
massages?
books books, you WILL read them someday
How about professional life coaching sessions?

infected said...

Subscriptions to an ebook website. Buy a lot of ebooks. You can turn them over when you leave to the library AND take them with you.

Do your spends have to be related to your fellowship?

ScienceWoman said...

infected: yes my spending has to be related to my professional development or research. So no horseback riding, massages, keggers, etc.

Angelo said...

hmm..there seems to be a lot of great suggestions here...maybe someday when i have $1000 to spare i'll take a couple of them into consideration...
i must say tho..u still seem somewhat undecided. let me ask, what do u want? what would u like?... then try to squeeze it into the "research" u're doing.
i'm sure a woman of ur many talents has a list of things she would like to get for cool, little side projects that can be used in current research as well.

Anonymous said...

get an Apple computer
www.apple.com

Yvespaul said...

I would say external storage devices like those USB keys or a whooping 500 GB stoage deveices for your computer, they are all the rage these days and hard to track. So your U. is probably not gonna ask them back. Use them to store songs, movies, pictures or if there's any space left, your dissertation.

A Memebership subscription to a conference as Skookumchick mentioned also sounds good.

Kristyne said...

How about using some of the money to set yourself up on www.lulu.com and get your dissertation published there? You can print some copies and get a proofreader and stuff also. Another person suggested someone to format the references -- why do that if you can hire it out? You're short on time, after all.