How to Get the Feedback You Need to Elevate Your Research

Stuck in a rut with your research project? Experiments not working? Or maybe you are generating lots of data, but you’re not sure if you’re heading in the best direction? Chances are you could use more feedback. Feedback is helpful for you to progress and  … Read more

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DIY career guidance: Tips and tricks on organizing a career seminar series

During your graduate education, you acquired many intangible skills, such as grant writing, scientific presentation, critical thinking, and experimental troubleshooting. Armed with all these skills and with a brand-new PhD in your pocket, you excitedly start a postdoc, an elusive training position in which you  … Read more

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Grab That Citation! Flex Your Footnotes! The Big Four Reference Managers

Reference managers aren’t just for managing citations anymore. These days, reference (a.k.a. citation or personal bibliographic) management software can toss around PDFs and other multimedia sources, including the ability to annotate PDFs. Some can appear on your mobile phone. One even comes with its own social  … Read more

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To Present or Not to Present, That is the Question

As graduate students, it is perhaps an instinctive reaction to be afraid to present your work. We feel anxious, self-conscious, and never, ever ready. There is always more data that could be obtained, always a more complete story that could be shown. It becomes a  … Read more

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COMPASS Wrap Up from ASCB 2014

After 17 Symposium talks, 238 minisymposium talks, 112 ePosters, 2400 posters, and an unknown number of Philly cheesesteaks, the 2014 ASCB Annual Meeting is now in the books. And even though all traces of the 5,760 attendees are already gone from the Pennsylvania Convention Center,  … Read more

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Poster Advice, Timeless and Otherwise

With the annual meeting fast approaching, it’s time once again to start putting together your poster. There are innumerable websites offering advice on poster design (my favorite being Dr. Zen’s“Better Posters”), but most essentials are covered in Steve Block’s 1996 classic “ Do’s and Don’ts  … Read more

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Learning the Biotech Ropes—ASCB-KGI Short Course Wraps Up

The 40 came from all over North America, Europe, and Africa, 24 grad students and 16 postdocs, chosen from the 532 applications the ASCB received from members for a special 12-day “short” course on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry” at the Keck Graduate Institute  … Read more

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Learning the Biotech Ropes—ASCB-KGI Short Course Wraps Up

The 40 came from all over North America, Europe, and Africa, 24 grad students and 16 postdocs, chosen from the 532 applications the ASCB received from members for a special 12-day “short” course on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry” at the Keck Graduate Institute  … Read more

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Do you have a sponsor?

As I sat in the middle of the room during another career advancement seminar for graduate students, the speaker posed a question that led me to believe that this seminar was going to be different.

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Imagine this: The lights are dimmed, your first slide is up on the screen behind you, and you’ve just stood up to speak at your lab meeting, at a department seminar, or at a conference full of the leaders in your field. Can you give  … Read more

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