Monday, May 21, 2007

Gray No More

Today I emerged from the proposal nether gray zone void in the best way possible: with a new grant. I got the email from the program director today, clicked on it and had that heart-stopping moment of not being sure if the first line would read "It is with great regret.." or "It is with great pleasure..". I sort of squinted my eyes but I saw the word 'pleasure' and felt such immense joy and relief. It is going to be a really fun project, with a really great colleague, and the grant has funds for a new postdoc and student. I feel extremely fortunate today.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations - that's really cool.

I love you blog by the way - some of what you talk about totally resonates as a woman in a male dominated field - first the military, now finance.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Ms.PhD said...

congrats. That must be a huge relief.

Anonymous said...

congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats - you must really deserve it, in this day & age of funding cuts.

Selfishly, I was hoping your post was about gray hair and coloring it (or not). I'm going gray, enough to where I need to think about that choice now. On one hand, I'm as vain as the next mid-30's person. On the other, it would be kind of nice to have people stop asking me when finals are over or, in the case of the guy at the post office where I was sending books, if I'm graduating this spring.

Female Science Professor said...

I wouldn't mind a bit of gray hair -- just enough to make me look my age and perhaps a bit more professorial.

lost clown said...

Congratulations! That's great!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

blop said...

with the taxpayer money?

:-)
just kidding!
congrats

Auntie Em said...

Brava FSP!

aliceleng said...

yes,i agree with u

Anonymous said...

yes,sure

Anonymous said...

sure

Fitness Bound said...

Congratulations! :)

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Mike3550 said...

Congratulations, FSP!

CafeSiren said...

Congratulations! I just received my first-ever "big" grant this year, after years of applications, rejections, and runner-up status. I had gotten so used to "I regret to inform you..." that when I got the first acceptance, I had to sit down with heart palpitatoins.

Hugh said...

I'm glad you got your money. Ihope your research is successful.

lost academic said...

Congratulations! I think a lot of us read that and thought for some reason of hair, I don't know why, but perhaps it has to do with warring spellings (grey vs. gray).

Perhaps we should put ourselves forth for your upcoming postdoc and student positions!

Anonymous said...

congratulations! I have to agree with the first comment- I just read 19 of your posts (catching up- thank you "feeds")and I find you very interesting. I just finished my freshman year in engineering at a large university where, per the ususal, most of my professors were male (and old!) It's great to read your perspective on things (btw the students think the "teacher evaluaions" are as messed up as you do- ridiculous!). You're a fantastic role model. thanks!

Female Science Professor said...

Have you seen the documentary "The Gender Chip"? I wrote about it a while ago, and would be curious to know the response to it of someone who is in that same position (undergrad woman engineering major at a large university).

Jane said...

Way to go!

SandyShoes said...

Well done FSP, congratulations!

TW Andrews said...

Congrats!

Orhan Kahn said...

Congratulations on the grant :)