In many Ph.D. programs, there is a qualifying or comprehensive exam that must be taken in order to officially become a “Ph.D. candidate.” Last month, JY in our lab passed his qualifying exam (woo-hoo!). With a big exam comes a big celebration, and in our lab, we take our celebrations very seriously!
Because JY is from Michigan, we went with a “Midwest” theme, combining all things Midwest (flannel, trucker hats, All-American cooking) with the things most loved by JY: Pabst Blue Ribbon, ice hockey, and metal/punk rock music. Our lab tends overdo the food thing (see example here), and this time was no different. Everyone chipped in, potluck style, and we had a bounty of meat- and carb-heavy foods, such as:
And let’s not forget the dessert!
There was much eating, drinking, and singing. (I have video of the impromptu solo karaoke session by JY, but I won’t share it here… needless to say, it was quite hilarious.) Congrats, presumptive Dr. JY!