AAA, in his mid-twenties, completed a BA degree, working as an undergraduate research assistant, before he
moved universities and began the PhD program in 2009 in Canada, and joined this research project in 2010. AAA chose doctoral study with the initial goal of becoming an academic, and held a lucrative and prestigious
scholarship. When AAA joined this project, he was in the process of collecting and analysing data for his
dissertation, and had published 2 peer-reviewed papers. He married and had a child during the first two years of
the program. After completing the PhD in 2011, AAA moved to the US for a post-doc position, and his second
child was born during this contract.
What struck us about AAA’s story was:
Birth of his children and financial issues upon transitioning to post-doc.
Extensive collaboration and enjoyment of supervising students.
Consistent interest in academia.