Sara Volk de Garcia earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is interested in matters relating to science education and career development, diversity in science and medicine, and inequities in education, public health, and medicine. You can reach her at svolk@ascb.org.


Univ NM’s IRACDA for teaching postdocs has 2 slots – apply now!

The ASERT Program at the University of New Mexico is an IRACDA program that has 2 slots left for postdocs seeking dual training in research and teaching — Apply Now! Start date Sept. 1, 2016. The Academic Science Education and Research Training (ASERT) Program at the  … Read more

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UCLA’s new IRACDA for teaching postdocs – deadline Sept 1, 2016

UCLA has been awarded an NIH-sponsored IRACDA for a “teaching postdoc” training program, in partnership with CSULA. UCLA has been awarded an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) with Mike Carey and Tracy Johnson (MCDB) serving as its co-PIs. IRACDA is a training grant  … Read more

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Scientific Writing and Publishing

Scientific writing is one of the most essential skills in science. It’s critical for writing grants, good theses, and manuscripts, as well as for posters and presentations. Because it’s so crucial, we have assembled a collection of resources to help you learn how to, or  … Read more

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Networking

Who should network? You should only network if you’re interested in a new job. Oh, and if you’re interested in finding out about exciting new science. And, if you want to share your science. Also if you want to talk to people with a wealth  … Read more

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Advice for Early* Graduate Students – Planning for Success in Grad School

Early in your training, you’re working to master understanding of the process to complete your graduate degree, and not thinking much beyond that. When you really understand this process and have applied your understanding – you’ve already set yourself a rough schedule for all the  … Read more

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Career and Training Information for Undergraduates

When it comes to career planning, the undergraduate years can be a very confusing time. You must simultaneously figure out what you want to do as a career AND make plans (usually far in advance) to complete the requirements to move into the career. Often,  … Read more

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NIH Grants

The NIH is the biggest source of funding for biomedical research. But, the grant applications it requests are very complicated, and are confusing and overwhelming to novices to the process. Here we have a collection of resources to help you write a competitive grant. 

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NSF Grants

The NSF is the major funder for science research that is not biomedical. But, like NIH grant applications, writing an NSF grant as a novice is usually confusing and overwhelming. We’ve listed resources the NSF provides to grantwriters in the table below, with links.

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Advice for Advanced* Graduate Students – Thinking About What Comes Next

Early in your training, you’re working to master understanding of the process to complete your graduate degree, and not thinking much beyond that. When you really understand this process and have applied your understanding – you’ve already set yourself a rough schedule for all the  … Read more

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Finding a Faculty Job

Identify what features of your next job are most important to you Do you care most about location? Tenure-track? Time for research? School size? Keep this list of “most important things” in mind as you’re searching. Start the search EARLY for faculty positions The bulk  … Read more

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