Welcome to the “What’s the PhDeal?” podcast; the podcast where we attempt to demystify the scientific PhD process… for folks going through the rigors of pursuing a PhD, folks thinking about getting a PhD or even people just curious about what it’s all about! 

Your intrepid hosts are four PhD scientists that have gotten their PhDs in different scientific fields and schools; and all come from varied and disparate backgrounds to get different points of view in order to best bring you “the real PhDeal”. Your hosts are Dr. Luis (Lou) Estevez, PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (Cornell), Dr. Elizabeth Kautz - PhD in Materials Engineering (RPI), Dr. Elias Nakouzi - PhD in Physical Chemistry (Florida State), and Dr. Rajan Patel - PhD in Chemical Engineering (Missouri S&T).

All the music on the show is created by Luis Estevez, the graphics (with additional edits from Pamela Gregg) and audio design and editing by Rajan Patel, and all rights are reserved to us and this show. Please send us your questions and comments at phdealmail@gmail.com and check our website: https://realphdeal.com

Thank you so much for listening to our podcast! We have gotten so much positive feedback and endorsements from peers and leaders from various fields and 1000+ downloads! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. 


In this Episode, #16: The gang uncovers the mysterious good things that keep happening around the nation and even the world. Everyone thinks it's this spooky Frankenstein monster, but the gang captures the monster and when unmasked it turns out ... .... ... it was the government all along!


Friends of the show:

Lou has a startup! Check out your PhDeal host Luis Estevez as he navigates the entrepreneurial space!! (AKA: he fooled around in the lab and did some science that now he's trying to sell stuff with it :P ) His company, Advanced & Innovative Multifunctional Materials (AIMM) has a website:



Check out Enrica's Blog where she is: "Helping first-gen students along their PhD journey!" Rock on Enrica!



Our buddy Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. has a book: "The Early Career Researcher's Toolbox" here:


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