Ensuring a successful postdoctoral appointment and using the experience to launch a solid career require careful preparation. Scientists who responded to this year's postdoctoral survey, sponsored by Science Careers, outline strategies based on their personal histories.
"Although the specific goals of the Roadmap themes are numerous, taken together they can be seen as an ambitious, desperately needed attempt to renew the commitment of NIH to the support for young investigators."
Several new programs are helping young scientists achieve unprecedented levels of independence in France--although revolutionary change in the "mandarin system" of powerful lab chiefs may be a long way off
Figuring out what works is vitally important to the country, say U.S. educators. Each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. students get their only exposure to science in an intro class--and most leave without understanding how science works or with any desire to take further courses.