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Santa Cruz, CA

Vikram Baliga, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Areas of research: morphology, ecology, ontogeny, and phylogenetic comparative methods.


Beneath the Waterline

I am moving!

Vikram Baliga

Thanks very much for your readership. I'll be moving to a different domain in order to construct a more fully fleshed-out website. You can now find me at The site is still a work in progress, but I am excited to have a barebones version of it up and running. More soon!

Grant Writing

Vikram Baliga

A large part of being in graduate school is learning the ropes in the grant-writing process. Grants and fellowships, big and small, are the lifeline of the graduate student. Although TA-ing is usually fun and rewarding, doing so often takes a considerable chunk of time out of your weekly schedule. Receiving grants is the big ticket out of this. These pockets of financial support not only make it possible to fully concentrate on your research, but also teach you a great deal about fiscal responsibility.

In fields such as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the "big one" is the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship. Nearly every incoming student applies (or has previously applied) for it. Receiving the Fellowship is a blessing, considering that it provides three years of support. At UCSC, this Fellowship is so highly revered, there is even a mandatory class for first-year students that is geared towards maximizing students' success with it.

Hello There!

Vikram Baliga

Thanks for your readership! Today is "Day One" for my adventures in blogging. Having successfully survived one term of my graduate career thus far, I figured I'd try my hand at using this format to update friends, family and colleagues of my progress here at UC Santa Cruz. Hopefully my writing will help make the scientific process more tangible to my readers (you!) and help demystify the aura of the "Ivory Tower".

I have a few goals in mind for this blog. In writing I hope to show:

  1. What graduate student life is like
  2. How the general process of scientific research works
  3. How I collect data
  4. What my studies have found!