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    December 14, 2012

    The Myth of the Well-Rounded Scientist

    Despite what grad school admissions committees seem to believe, outside interests are good.

    May 27, 2011

    Experimental Error: Fetus Don't Fail Me Now

    His daughter still in the embryonic stage, our columnist wonders whether it's too early to steer her toward a career in science.

    April 23, 2015

    How not to apply to grad school

    For the benefit of all of you applying to science graduate programs, our columnist confesses his mistakes in the hopes that you can avoid following in his footsteps.

    February 27, 2014

    Magnetic Fields, or, The Minor Matter of Your Major

    Before we even know what the different science disciplines truly involve, we're expected to choose a field we'll pursue for the rest of our lives.

    August 22, 2013

    Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Science

    The hardest part of interdisciplinary collaborations is collaborating in an interdisciplinary way.

    May 21, 2015

    Dr., No: Science career roadblocks

    Our columnist lists and describes the most common roadblocks faced by those pursuing science careers.

    July 26, 2013

    Jack of One Hyperspecific Trade

    Is it really possible to be a student of all sciences? No, it isn't.

    December 23, 2014

    Pure, stupid luck

    Sure, luck plays a role in science—but that shouldn’t mean that to succeed, you have to get lucky.

    April 26, 2013

    From Swag to Riches

    Our columnist offers tips and strategies to help you, dear reader, walk out of any exhibit hall loaded down with free corporate goods.
     

    January 22, 2015

    Origin stories of the scientists

    Or how a trip to Walt Disney World tricked me into becoming a scientist.

    October 26, 2012

    A Cure for Listlessness

    Our columnist lists the top N of everything in science careers, where N=fun.

    August 27, 2010

    Experimental Error: All That Glitters Is All We Remember

    Why are we most fascinated by the irrelevant aspects of science?

    October 28, 2011

    OMG, So Many Science Careers

    If you like grant writing, writing grants, and obtaining grants via writing, you may enjoy life as an academic scientist.

    December 23, 2011

    Truly Alternative Careers

    Looking for something really different? Consider a career in alchemy, Lysenkoism, diluvial geology -- or invent your own!

    July 27, 2012

    Help Not Wanted

    The United States faces a severe shortage of qualified scientists—so why are there so many unemployed scientists?

    May 20, 2014

    Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned

    To be a proper scientist, is it necessary to conform to the standard template?

    September 25, 2014

    The long harm of the law

    For some nutty reason, scientists sometimes become lawyers.

    February 25, 2015

    How to p*ss off a scientist

    Scientists aren’t angrier than the general population, but different triggers make us mad.

    July 31, 2015

    Grad students behaving badly

    Our esteemed columnist warns against some of the common offenses that grad students have been known to commit.