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February 29, 2008

Research in Translation: Getting Published

"We're interested both in papers that identify a new feature of a disease or a new mechanism by which disease is regulated and studies that investigate the mechanism behind a response to an experimental drug or vaccine that's already in use." --Heather Van Epps

February 22, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Preparing for Your Post-Ph.D. Career

Evaluating all the options is a lot of work, so allow time to do it properly and start well in advance.

February 08, 2008

Mentoring Opposites

Sander van Zuijlen and Hester Bijl turned their differences into strengths as they moved from student and mentor to scientific collaborators.

February 01, 2008

What's Ahead for Early-Career Scientists?

According to NSF statistics, doctoral scientists' median income rises with each year of experience until late middle age, peaking 25 to 29 years after the Ph.D. at just under $100,000.

January 25, 2008

Faculty Positions: Seeking the Skills for a Successful Career in Academia

To many on the outside, life as a tenured faculty member conjures up images of dreamy afternoons spent theorizing at one's desk, interspersed with occasional trips to the lab to hold up test tubes to the light. Of course, anyone who's been to grad school for more than a week knows there's more to scientific endeavor than that. In fact, a faculty member's requisite skill set is quite extensive.

January 18, 2008

Tooling Up: Dealing With Men Who Have a Problem With Women

Even if you're dealing with the world's biggest jerk, he's likely to be the jerk
in charge.

January 04, 2008

Belgian Scientist Shares Her Struggles to the Top

"I emerged as a stronger and healthier person from my depression. My experience of the world is now more intense and full." - Christine Van Broeckhoven

January 04, 2008

Research Integrity: Making the Right Choices

Early-career scientists need to learn to hold themselves to high ethical standards.

December 28, 2007

Science Careers Best of 2007

We expanded our coverage of student issues in 2007.

December 21, 2007

Young Geneticists Making a Difference

"We are trying to define new syndromes and new diseases in human genetics," says M.D.-Ph.D. Heather Mefford.

December 21, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Writing Your Doctoral Thesis With Style

Like any big undertaking, writing a thesis is easier if you break it down into smaller steps.

December 14, 2007

Short-Term Science

Sometimes, accepting a contract position is what an employee needs to jump-start a career.

December 07, 2007

Part-Time Science in Perspective

"I have no doubt that I would have more published papers if I didn't have my family, but I wouldn't be as happy as I am now, by any stretch." --Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University

November 30, 2007

Big Science at a Small College

"Andrea treats me like someone who’s intelligent enough to run a laboratory experiment by himself, but she’s always there for questions. She’ll have a long conversation with a former student who’s visiting from med school, or talk to us about our futures, or hang out and discuss TV. She’s your friend, and she cares about you." --Matthew Mansh

November 23, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Countdown to Your Thesis Defence

The last year of your Ph.D. is distinctly different from the ones that have come before it, because you'll focus primarily on transforming your hard work into thesis chapters.

November 16, 2007

Opportunities: The Golden Chapter

Within about 4 months, J. received three offers for faculty positions.

November 09, 2007

Special Feature: Laboratory Management

It's one of the weirdest aspects of scientific training: You spend years learning how to do the science, hands-on. The...
November 02, 2007

Maximizing Productivity and Recognition, Part 1: Publication, Citation, and Impact

You, and others, can assess and document the influence of your work by looking at the characteristics, as well as the number, of the citations.

November 02, 2007

The Ultralong-Distance Quest

The roads of Brittany were littered with cyclists who failed to live by this rule; so are the roads of science.

October 19, 2007

Reality Check: U.K. Report Reveals Variety of Career Paths for Ph.D.s

"The market [for science Ph.D.s] is enormous and the options are huge." --Paul Redmond, University of Liverpool

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