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 (FSU), 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 edited 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. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.


In this episode (#12), the gang takes a trip to the haunted amusement park in town. Elias decides the gang should split up; so Rajan and Lou (powered by Scooby-snacks) investigate the scary hall of mirrors. Elias and Liz meanwhile figure out that the "ghost" was really a prop that floated through the air with the help of hidden cables. The dastardly fiend behind all the chaos was found and unmasked... and turned out to be none other than Reviewer #3, who was trying to scare the gang from publishing so he could scoop them... Zoiks!

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