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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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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Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Are For Everyone

The Individualized Development Plan (or, IDP) has long been used outside of science to help professionals better understand what their professional goals are and what skills, knowledge, and experience they need to achieve those goals. It’s a very effective career planning tool. Over the past  … Read more

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PhD: Its Triumphs, Its Tribulations

May is usually marked by the swarm of graduates waving their graduation hats in the air, ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. It is a very emotional and frustrating time for PhD students as their friends, peers, and colleagues embark  … Read more

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11 Tricks for Using OneNote as Your Lab Notebook

Over the past few months, I’ve presented two sessions describing the use of Microsoft OneNote as an electronic lab notebook at Harvard. As we’ve discussed previously on this blog, there are lots of options for digital lab notebooks, and all come with the enormous benefits  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … Read more

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Closing Doors on Grad School

Graduate school is an experience that has no handbook or manual. Most graduate students’ sojourn through this unique period in their lives is filled with trial and error. It’s essentially a do-it-yourself program that most students figure out as they go along. The scientific experiments  … Read more

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The Insider’s View to Organizing a Local Symposium

Organizing a local meeting sponsored by the ASCB is an amazing opportunity to network and exercise your leadership, organizational, and public speaking skills. By the end, you will create a mini-ASCB meeting in one day. During the symposium day, you will have speakers, a poster  … Read more

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