WARNING: Lots of bragging going on here...
You might have heard our sigh of relief from across the country last night. My amazing husband finished his 5 year long journey of graduate school (brag note: average PhD in his program is earned in 7 years, typically without a wife and 3 kids) and earned himself the title of Dr. Todd Harris. We still can't believe it's officially over. He defended his thesis yesterday at MIT in front of a large group of listeners including his thesis committee who sat front and center while he convinced them with his research and findings that he was worthy of such a degree. I was so excited because I thought I was really going to be able to take it all in with no distracting children around and incredible images on powerpoint that would help conceptualize what he was talking about. After an hour of "nano this," and "peptide that" I was maybe more confused than I was going in. Everyone else in the room seemed to understand what he was talking about. MIT shmem-I-T. However, he did an exceptional job and in the end he was awarded with a PhD and I was awarded with a happy and relieved hubby and lots to brag about. Go Todd! Let's celebrate!
Todd with Nobel Prize winning Dr. Phil Sharp (on Thesis committee)
With Bob Langer, thesis committee
With Sangeeta Bhatia, Todd's P.I. also on the committee
Lab members and friends
Undergrads (UROPS) who gave their blood, sweat, and tears in helping with the research (Peter, Mary and Jayanthi)
With Geoff, our good friend and Todd's lab partner for the past 5 years, will one day be very famous
The supportive family-thanks Kelli and Jared for coming!
The proud parents, also enjoying the bragging rights
Phew! We're done. Now on to a job so we can pay back some serious student loans.