What to Do When You Lose Interest in Your Project

It’s a sad but inevitable truth: enthusiasm ebbs and flows, never consistent or unwavering. This holds true for many things in life, but to scientists this is most pertinent to our enthusiasm toward our projects. Whether you’re a grad student or postdoc (and maybe even  … Read more

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Succeeding as a “Failed” Scientist

Are you a postdoc looking for an alternative career? Have you considered tenure-track academic research? This may sound funny on its face but the hard reality is nearly all science postdocs will go on to non-tenured positions, making academic research the real alternative career choice.  … Read more

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To Be or Not To Be…A Postdoc

“What are you going to do when you’re finished?” “Have you started looking for postdocs?” “When you choose where to do a postdoc, you should consider…” “Where will you do your postdoc?”

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Grad School Pays in Other Ways

When I sat down to write this essay I intended to describe how bad graduate student stipends are, how overworked we are, and how graduate school is slowly killing our love for science. We often joke, at least in my department, that our stipends are  … Read more

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Six Uses for Old Posters

With the Annual Meeting behind us, thousands of ASCB posters are now floating around the world. If my colleagues are representative, most of those posters are now either in a recycling bin somewhere or keeping scientists toasty at a “lab bonfire.” But what if they  … Read more

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Lab Life Beyond the Ivory Tower—ASCB and Keck Offer All-Expenses-Paid Intensive Summer Course for PhDs Pursuing Biotech Careers

Is there life after graduate school? For doctoral students and postdocs who’ve been wondering what their future lab life could be like outside academia, say in the biotech industry, here’s a chance to get a taste and some intensive training in a free-to-the-student 12-day MBA-style,  … Read more

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Hands on Data: How to Make Flip Books for Science

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, bringing movies to poster sessions is becoming more common than ever before. Even so, a low-tech flip book is still a lot more fun for visitors to use, and it’s easier to pass around a large group. When  … Read more

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What Is ASCB’s Celldance?

When I first heard of the ASCB Celldance contest, I thought it might involve an interpretative dance, so I steered clear of it. But it’s actually a great chance for grad students and post-docs to make use of their beautiful scientific movies for cash prizes,  … Read more

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What I Really Learned in Graduate School

I learned a lot in graduate school. I learned about receptor tyrosine kinases, and oncogenic transformation, and how to do a western blot. But more importantly, I learned about myself, and I acquired many skills that help me to be not only a better scientist,  … Read more

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How to Get Your PhD in Less than Five Years—Shortcuts on the Long-Haul to Graduation

Ali Khademhosseini is a scientist in a hurry. Khademhosseini, now an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in just three years and eight months. He published 12 first-author papers during his graduate studies, working on engineering  … Read more

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