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This Grad Student Took The Perfect Baby Photos—With Her PhD Thesis

It’s not unusual for folks to share photos of their newborns to social media, but it’s a LITTLE unusual when that newborn is a stack of papers.

Sarah Whelan Curtis staged a maternity-style photoshoot with her PhD thesis, bound by two clips and complete with an open-knit baby blanket. “Yes, I did a photo shoot with my thesis,” she wrote alongside three hilarious photos of herself posing with her new, er, child. “Longest labor ever,” she added.

Curtis is a Ph.D candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, studying epigenetic variation and exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds, according to her Twitter bio.

She told Yahoo that the 183-page thesis focuses on how gene regulation changes, and took her four years to complete rather than the usual five-and-a-half it usually takes in her program.

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twitter—@sarahwcurtis

The labor of love clearly resonated, and Curtis’ tweet racked up hundreds of thousands of likes, comments, and retweets, in just a few days’ time.

I mean…imagine being pregnant for FOUR YEARS???

phd thesis photoshoot
twitter—@sarahwcurtis

 

phd thesis photoshoot
twitter—@sarahwcurtis

Her viral tweet even prompted other scholars around the world to share their own ‘newborns.’

Curtis told Yahoo that her mom had given her an ultimatum, “Either get a PhD. or give me a grandchild. I got my doctorate.” YASSSS KWEEN!