Repost: The crazy nastyass grad student

Mar 18 2014 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Because I'm inhabiting The Grant Cave and because this video makes me smile, I give you this from three years ago.

All this talk of honey badgers this week got me thinking, which is always dangerous. With this as my input... sleep deprived brain has made way too many honey badger / grad student comments over the past few days. My new narration works out something like this:

This is the grad student. Watch it pipette in slow motion. It's pretty badass.

Look. It runs all over the place. "Whoa, watch out." says that undergrad.

Ew, it's got some cells, oh, it's running a pulse chase experiment. Oh my gosh, the grad students are just crazy.

The grad student has been referred to in the Guinness Book of World Records as the lowest rung on the academic totem poll, but it really doesn't give a shit. If it's hungry, it's hungry... ew what's that in its mouth? Bagels from last week's journal club? Pizza that's been on the counter for three days?

Look at this, there's a college function in the building with free food. The grad student just goes in there and takes what it wants. It doesn't care that the Dean and her assistant are staring at it, it just takes it. OMG those are mayonnaise packets. Grad student doesn't give a shit, it's tearing those mayonnaise packets open with its fucking TEETH. Isn't that disgusting? Mayonnaise packets!

Look at this, it's typing.

The grad student is really pretty bad ass. They have no regard nutrition.

It's eating Ramen. Isn't that gross, Ramen. Grad student doesn't give a shit. It's increasing it's blood pressure by like 10 points, but it doesn't give a shit. Nothing can stop the grad student when it's hungry. Nasty.

There it is, pipetting in slow motion again.

Now, what's interesting is that other academics, like this PI here, just wait for the grad student to make some data and swoop in to cherry pick the findings. "You do all the work for us grad student and we'll just publish what you find. How's that? What do you say, stupid? Thanks for the data, stupid."

"Hey, I want authorship" says the grad student, but PIs don't care. And look, the postdocs do it too. They're like "Thanks stupid. Thanks for running my samples, see ya later."

The grad student does all the work while these other academics just cherry pick the findings.

At night time the grad student is sitting in the lab, because it needs data. Look! Here comes a fierce battle between a grad student and procrastination. I wonder what will happen. There's the grad student, just surfing the web, and then look a new blog post is up. "You shouldn't read me, you have work to do or sleep to get" says the blog, but grad student doesn't care. Grad student reads the shit out of it.

Little does the grad student know, there are comments! There's like 60 comments on the thread and while the grad student is reading the post and eating slightly moldy bread, ew, that's disgusting, there's all these comments to read.

Now the grad student is gonna zone out for a minute, just zone right out. Then it's gonna get right back up and polish off those Doritos someone left in the office. Like nothing happened. How disgusting.

And of course, what does the grad student have for lunch for the next two weeks?


The grad student.

The author would like to thank Dr. Becca for helpful feedback and for contributing text on mayonnaise

3 responses so far

  • Dr. Noncoding Arenay says:

    Haha that was hilarious! I could totally picture the grad student like the honey badger in the video. And btw, I read your post with the honey badger voice in my head. Made it sound all the more better.

  • Arlenna says:


    btw, the honey badger guy is friends with one of my relatives. TOUCHED BY GREATNESS!

  • Kyatapii says:

    Absolutely priceless! 😀

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