Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS)

Questions to ask when choosing a grad school

March 22, 2019
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‘Tis the season for graduate school acceptances! With final decisions due in about a month, you’re likely weighing your options.…

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Why so serious? The surprising importance of informal seminars

March 15, 2019
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In academia, seminars are the classrooms we never really leave. As a keystone of intellectual exchange, seminars, whether large or…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Daniel Colón Ramos on embracing the familiar while seeking the unknown

March 8, 2019
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Daniel Colón Ramos splits his time between chilly New Haven and sunny Puerto Rico as an Associate Professor of Neuroscience…

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Out and back: How searching for a non-academic career led me to academia

August 3, 2018
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In college, I joined the cross country team. I wanted to try something new and they needed bodies. To get…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Omar Quintero on the power of undergraduate scientists

July 27, 2018
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Omar Quintero is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, VA. The University of Richmond…

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Writing as a scientist: a skill for life

July 20, 2018
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In today’s intense research environment, scientists must become effective communicators in order to gain a competitive edge and to make…

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Mentoring undergraduates: all you need to know to help your summer student

June 29, 2018
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This is another post in a series highlighting the collaboration between COMPASS and CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)–featuring some of the…

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How Cell Biologists Work: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz on uncovering biological surprises with microscopy; interdisciplinary science

June 22, 2018
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This month we are excited to hear from Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, whose past and present positions are as diverse as the…

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Let’s face lab bullying, part 3

June 8, 2018
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Reporting the bully Most bullied trainees decide not to report the person who bullied them. As one postdoc says: “I…

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Controlling the chaos: trainee tips for keeping the lab organized

June 1, 2018
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Labs are naturally chaotic places. There are multiple people in a small space all working on different projects in their…

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