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    January 06, 2006

    Sell Yourself: Guidance for Developing Your Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications

    Your personal statement should clearly express your understanding of what graduate school is about and how the graduate degree will build upon your previous experiences toward the attainment of your career goals.

    January 06, 2006

    A New Resource for Disabled Researchers

    The challenges disabled postgraduate researchers face are very different from the ones faced by undergraduates.

    December 23, 2005

    The Evolution of Butterfly Vision

    Briscoe believes that evolutionary biology is an important--and growing--discipline that will continue to offer a range of career opportunities.

    December 16, 2005

    Striving Towards a More Democratic Science

    "You can get encouragement to hostility depending on what we are saying and who we are talking to," says Helen Wallace. A firm belief in the issues you are campaigning for and the ability to stand your ground are vital skills for lobbyists.

    December 16, 2005

    Tooling Up: Job Talk Jitters

    When giving a job talk to an industrial employer, remember that you—and not your science—are the product the company is thinking about investing in.

    December 16, 2005

    Risky Business

    “The lifestyle of a postdoc just didn’t appeal to me," Alex Marini, Senior Manager in Risk Management, National Bank of Canada says, "and I knew then that perhaps this wasn’t the direction that I wanted to go.”

    December 16, 2005

    MentorDoctor: Making Up Lost Time After Katrina

    Editor's note: MiSciNet's "Dear MentorDoctor" will appear every other month and is designed to help mentors and students with situations that commonly arise in academia. Do you have questions for MiSciNet's MentorDoctor team? Please send inquiries to

    December 09, 2005

    Independence for Young German Scientists

    The Emmy Noether Programme is generous and prestigious, and very likely boosts the short-to-medium-term career perspectives of its awardees, although by just how much remains to be determined.

    December 09, 2005

    Tightrope Walker

    Doing a Ph.D. on visual interfaces and usability is particularly useful, he believes, because it allows him to understand what the consumers would like to use and to guess whether a new product would succeed or fail.

    December 02, 2005

    Patient to Retrain in Patent Law

    "You have a lot to learn, but when you can argue the case of your patent application successfully to a patent examiner, it's great," says Sarah Thompson.

    December 02, 2005

    Physicist, Heal Thyself

    I knew a little molecular biology, but I had no notion of what you could do experimentally. It reminded me of electronics, the idea that you had these tools to splice things together in an ordered way, that you could reengineer things in the cell to do something else. --Mark Goulian

    December 02, 2005

    STEPping Up the Production of U.S. Scientists

    The bill allowed NSF to develop a new program to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    December 02, 2005

    A Non-Traditional Science Postdoc

    As I leave the familiar world of my doctorate program and return to the real world, I realize that I don’t
    need to go down the traditional path. I’ve realized that it's okay to take a less-traveled road.

    November 25, 2005

    The European Young Investigator Awards - Finding a Niche

    "This choice was more practical because you try to build up a career, and if you do what people are already doing, you need to be very good, but also lucky, to make it," says Edwin Cuppen.

    November 25, 2005

    Educated Woman - Chapter 45: And Now For Something Completely Different

    Peering in from the outside, the research lab I visited for about a month provided a completely different research experience than what I was used to in the United States.

    November 25, 2005

    AESEDA: Global Opportunities for Minority Earth Scientists

    “Our goal is to begin to influence the new crop of African academics that can then engage with colleagues here to develop long-lived collaborative relationships.”—Michael Adewumi

    November 18, 2005

    Industry Insider: The European Steel Industry, a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

    Once they are in, young employees often state how surprised they are at how high tech, innovative, and environmentally-friendly today's steel industry is.

    November 18, 2005

    Developing Resilience

    Often as not, resilience ends up being the difference between success and failure.

    November 18, 2005

    Using Maths to Predict Physical Phenomenon

    "I think I have been lucky in the choice of topics to work on, topics which later turned out to be useful for developments in an apparently different direction."

    November 11, 2005

    Diversity: Broadening the Breadth of Science