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Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston is a member of the Board of Directors at Future of Research (FoR), a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion, engage, and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor. Her goals are to promote science policy and advocacy for junior scientists, and to gather and present data on various issues in the current scientific system. She can be reached via LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/adrianabankston) or on Twitter (@AdrianaBankston).


Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell is the Executive of Director of Future of Research (FoR), a U.S. nonprofit that assists junior scientists in grassroots advocacy to promote solutions to problems they perceive with science, and the scientific enterprise. He spent nine years discovering the joy of developmental biology working with the frog Xenopus laevis. He is currently a resident at Manylabs climate science community in San Francisco, CA. He can be reached on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-mcdowell-4551131a/) or on Twitter (@BiophysicalFrog).


Resources to address challenges for international students and postdocs

All scientific career paths are paved with many obstacles to being successful, and individuals can experience different or additional barriers that are not based on their scientific work, depending on their background. International scientists in the U.S. are one such group, requiring specific visas. Challenges  … Read more

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Choosing the right mentor for career success

Mentoring is critical for the development and training of independent scientists but, all too often, not enough emphasis is placed on choosing the right mentor. Mentors not only provide technical and experimental support but should aid in both career development and life guidance. Importantly, mentoring  … Read more

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Letting the right ones in: obstacles in graduate admissions  

Our previous article discussed admission metrics such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), undergraduate GPA (grade point average), previous research experience, recommendation letters, personal statements and in-person interviews, and their relation to graduate student performance. Several studies (Joshua Hall et al., Liane Moneta-Koehler et al.,  … Read more

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Can we anticipate graduate student success if we can’t assess it?

How we choose the next generation of scientists is at the root of a sustainable scientific enterprise. The true value of a PhD may therefore be in training leaders who can advance science, while also gaining the necessary skills to succeed both during and after  … Read more

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Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act Update (or Lack Thereof) on the Postdoctoral Population

On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and this update was predicted to have a profound effect on the academic enterprise, including postdoctoral researchers. The situation was greatly complicated when,  … Read more

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The first COMPASS writer of the year: Travis J. Bernardo, Ph.D.

In 2016, the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) decided to both incentivize and reward members who were particularly active in the committee throughout the year. This award is given for contributions in writing and editing the highest number of (influential) COMPASS blog posts,  … Read more

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Effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act Implementation (or Lack Thereof) on the Postdoctoral Population

FLSA implementation ruling On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and this update was predicted to have a profound effect on the academic enterprise, including postdoctoral researchers.   In our  … Read more

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Strategies for a Successful (Non-Academic) Career Search: an Interview with ASCB Executive Director, Erika Shugart

Introduction Biomedical training for graduate students and postdocs can be enhanced by attending career seminars and professional development workshops, as well as through conversations with research mentors, teachers, laboratory peers, or classmates. In addition to universities, several scientific societies (including ASCB, AAAS, AWIS) and companies  … Read more

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Why do we still need an Association for Women in Science? An Interview with Isabel C. Escobar

The need for strong female leaders in STEM According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, only one in seven engineers is female. But women are not only grossly underrepresented in engineering, but also in other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This  … Read more

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Women in STEM: Still So Few and Far Between

The environment of women in STEM According to a 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce. However, women are underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. In the sciences, while women comprise 53 percent  … Read more

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