Build Your Own Professional Development Program: Some Assembly Required

A successful career after graduate school or a postdoctoral fellowship requires careful planning and training. The NIH recognizes the need for career/professional development in addition to the rigorous scientific training given during graduate school and postdoctoral training. Since 90% or more...

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Robert Morton—Microbiologist in Industry

1. Please describe your current position. I am the lab manager and I supervise microbiology lab personnel and equipment. I perform equipment and protocol validations for new or existing methods. I serve as the ambassador for the department and I work directly with other departments that require...

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The Early Lab Rat Gets the Cheese: My Observations as a High School Lab Intern

A year ago, I finished working on my International Baccalaureate personal project. It was a year-long culmination of research and community service where I taught underserved youth in a Guatemalan town how to play the piano through Skype, using my 10-year training as a classical pianist. Through...

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Graduate Student Teaching: What Cell Biology and Statistics Have in Common

Most career paths in academia will at some point require teaching responsibilities. Expectations vary in terms of teaching responsibilities between large research universities/medical schools and small universities/colleges. Unlike some focused training resources available for postdoctoral scien...

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The Ethics of Authorship in Science

The publication of original findings plays a pivotal role in the advancement of science and technology, regardless of the scientific discipline. Moreover, it provides an empirical and theoretical rationale for the generation of new hypotheses, creating a feedforward loop that contributes to the ...

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Innovating STEM Learning in Higher Education

Getting young students through the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pathway has been a long-standing national priority. Federal grants to improve K-12 STEM outcomes date as far back as the Eisenhower administration of the 1950’s, when the Sputnik crisis propelled science education...

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

The need for strong female leaders in STEM According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, only one in seven engineers is female. But women are not only grossly underrepresented in engineering, but also in other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Th...

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Women in STEM: Still So Few and Far Between

The environment of women in STEM According to a 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce. However, women are underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. In the sciences, while women comprise 53 percent of biological scien...

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Megan Cox—Postdoctoral Associate at Genzyme

1. Please describe your current position. I work in research & development at Genzyme studying rare diseases in skeletal biology. 2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs? 1 year. 3. How did you learn about your current position? Through a forme...

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Fresh Research, Delivered: How to Set up Preprint Alerts

How do you keep up to date on the literature in your field? If you rely exclusively on PubMed alerts, you might be missing out on the very freshest science: preprints, which are manuscripts that have yet to undergo journal peer review. Since PubMed is only for peer-reviewed literature, we have to fi...

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