Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Robyn's Thesis Song

Last week, I completed the first draft of my PhD dissertation. This got me nostalgic in thinking about my early grad school days. Way back when I was preparing for my qualifying exam, I created a rap version of my thesis project proposal. I'd been meaning to make a music video to go along with it, but I never got around to it (which is probably for the best). However, I DID want to share the song before I graduate. So here it is! The accompanying image is the wall diagram I used to organize my thesis project notes. Lyrics are below. Chickity check it out.


Rollin' with the Nigra*
(Robyn's Qualifying Exam in Hip-Hop Form)

* Backstory: This is about a brain area called the the substantia nigra pars reticulata, a.k.a. SNr, a.k.a. the nigra. The song is an accurate summary of all three aims of my thesis project proposal. But, as research often goes, this ended up not being my actual thesis project. 

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