Hates to listen to the advice of authority, such as a supervisor.
In times of adversity, might demolish his/her desk.
Doesn't approve of the monarchy.
Likes to swear at conferences, for shock value.
Mumbles incoherently about the philosophical value of ethical questions in academia, then returns to his/her own thoughts.
Has strong opinions, and thinks you care to hear.
Can be found in the lab, to try and build a coffin and crank up his/her street credibility by a few points.
Believes that a good connection with the student community will guarantee his/her graduation.
Thinks you should meditate and/or float your way to clarity to answer your research questions.
Studying 's for groovin', man!
His/her research isn't going well and that's not fair.
Can be found shuffling in a depressed manner around the coffee machine.
Reacts emotionally to students.
Reacts emotionally to paper acceptance and paper rejection.
Explains you the importance of letting out your emotions.
Commutes to campus on a scooter.
Writes until late at night in a coffee bar.
Continuously wants to reinvent his/her research question.
Shouldn't be trusted in the chem labs at night.
Was caught waving glowsticks in front of his/her screen.
Usually has earphones in, otherwise will be tapping his/her feet.
Looks to randomly pick at different topics during his/her studies.
Shopped at Goodwill and Salvation Army before it was cool.
Aims at replacing all Microsoft computers in your lab by Apple products.
Plays bongos to understand Feynman.
Writes research papers in free-verse poetry forms.
Attempts at discovering jazzy patterns in their lab measurements.
Stopped caring about getting published - getting published is just a shallow form of validating yourself.
Can always dive straight into the lab and prides himself/herself on yesterday's lab spills on his/her clothes.
Speaks out against tedious procedures in the administration system, unfair treatment by supervisor, skewed funding schemes and everything you can rebel against.
Likes to grade outside in the sun.
Declares to all that he/she is riding the waves of academia.
Makes sure all thrash in the lab is correctly separated.
Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.