Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Scientists Beyond Stereotypes

The Importance of Communal Opportunities in Science Amanda Diekman The question of why people enter into and persist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is particularly relevant for women, because women are more likely than men to leave the STEM career path at  … Read more

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Career and Training Information for Undergraduates

When it comes to career planning, the undergraduate years can be a very confusing time. You must simultaneously figure out what you want to do as a career AND make plans (usually far in advance) to complete the requirements to move into the career. Often,  … Read more

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Exploring “Alternative” Careers: Are universities doing enough to help?

“Alternative” careers. When did that become a phrase indicating a lack of commitment to a research career? If you want to pursue a non-academic career, why is it an “alternative” career? It’s a phrase commonly used by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at universities across  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … Read more

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A Must-Read Report in Nature on the Postdoc Glut and Where We Go from Here

It shouldn’t be news to anyone in the biological research community that in the United States the so-called scientific workforce “pipeline” is threatening to burst. There are far too many students going in at one end and far too few outlets where they can emerge  … Read more

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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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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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Outside Mentoring Support for Science Faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions Pays Off

A matched-peer controlled study of science faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) shows that an outside mentoring support program increased the number of peer-reviewed research publications, the number of federal grants, and the variety of professional and curricular activities of those who participated versus academic peers  … Read more

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