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 ( or on Twitter (@AdrianaBankston).

Resources to address challenges for international students and postdocs

January 12, 2018
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All scientific career paths are paved with many obstacles to being successful, and individuals can experience different or additional barriers…

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Choosing the right mentor for career success

November 17, 2017
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Mentoring is critical for the development and training of independent scientists but, all too often, not enough emphasis is placed…

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Letting the right ones in: obstacles in graduate admissions  

March 29, 2017
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Our previous article discussed admission metrics such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), undergraduate GPA (grade point average), previous research…

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

March 20, 2017
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How we choose the next generation of scientists is at the root of a sustainable scientific enterprise. The true value…

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

February 7, 2017

On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the U.S. Department of…

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

January 3, 2017
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In 2016, the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) decided to both incentivize and reward members who were particularly…

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

December 2, 2016

FLSA implementation ruling On December 1, 2016, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was meant to be updated by the…

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

September 16, 2016

Introduction Biomedical training for graduate students and postdocs can be enhanced by attending career seminars and professional development workshops, as…

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

July 27, 2016

The need for strong female leaders in STEM According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, only one in…

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Women in STEM: Still So Few and Far Between

July 22, 2016

The environment of women in STEM According to a 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, women make up 47…

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