I hope you are doing well as we rapidly approach the end of the semester! I thought I would send you some words of encouragement, support, and advice as you study for final exams, stay up late doing experiments, balance work and personal commitments, write thesis and journal publications, respond to reviewers, and prepare and present conference presentations.
At a dinner with graduate students recently, one student asked a question that really hit home for me, as well as for many other students. The student noted, “Most of us work with professors at MIT who have exceptional records in research, but what should we do if we are not able to produce good results?”
Sometimes it may seem that success comes easy for others, but I would emphasize that failure is something that every researcher faces...