Gary McDowell

Gary McDowell is Executive Director of The Future of Research, Inc. (, a nonprofit organization seeking to champion, engage and empower early career researchers with evidence-based resources to help them make improvements to the research enterprise. He is a COMPASS alumnus.

Help gather data and inform­ation to recognize the role of early career researchers in peer review

September 7, 2018

Peer review is a central tenet of the evaluation of academic research. Peer reviewing manuscripts for journal publication is seen…

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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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How international scientists can advocate, and how U.S. scientists can support them

April 19, 2017

In the current political climate in the United States, many scientists are looking to become more politically engaged or to…

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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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Who should be training trainees on reproducibility and ethics?

February 10, 2017
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A recent piece in Nature by Monya Baker, “Reproducibility: Seek out stronger science,” discussed the availability, or lack thereof, of…

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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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Using U.S. Census data to understand and reform biomedicine

January 13, 2017

In late 2016, Nature published a special issue (Vol 538, Issue , 27 October 2016) on “Young Scientists”, leading with…

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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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“People in this country have had enough of experts”: How Brexit Could Affect Scientists in the UK

July 12, 2016

Five years ago, I was in Lille, France, on a two-month sabbatical from my UK PhD program. The sabbatical was…

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