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January 12, 2007

Opportunities: Insubordination

The culmination of the Ph.D. is supposed to be the creation of an independent and self-sufficient scientist who can continue to contribute to the scientific enterprise.

February 16, 2007

Mastering Your PhD: Dealing with Setbacks

Your best weapon is focused, methodical, patient effort.

March 02, 2007

Priming the Mind

"I thought, if these people are saying they can go to these places, maybe I can too." -- Lawrence Williams

March 23, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Making the Most of a Conference

Starting the conference well-prepared and maintaining a proper balance between presentations and coffee breaks can make your conference experience a source of inspiration.

May 25, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Celebrate Your Success

It's worthwhile to throw a party every now and then. Apart from the fun involved, it is a great way to celebrate your success and acknowledge your co-workers.

June 08, 2007

Hidden Talents, Hungry Markets: Ph.D.s Have Many Skills to Offer Industry

"Earning a Ph.D. is not a vocational qualification anymore. It equips people to go into all sectors of society."

June 22, 2007

Working as a Medical Writer

"I would say that there's definitely enough work to go around." --Emma Hitt

June 29, 2007

Mastering Your PhD: Strength in Numbers

“Used properly, this tool will encourage you, and your lab mates, to operate outside your normal mode of thinking.”

July 20, 2007

To Choose an Adviser, Be an "Armchair Anthropologist"

"I sometimes think of it as doing a little 'armchair anthropology,' asking what it's like in this lab, and can I thrive here?" --Chris Golde

July 20, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Relating to Your Co-Workers' Personality Types

It's a safe bet that some people in your lab are a lot different from you. A first step in getting along with your lab mates (or anyone, for that matter) is acknowledging that they may be hard-wired to approach problems in a certain way.

August 10, 2007

Opportunities: The Power of Poverty

"I, like every other graduate student I knew, developed a sixth sense for knowing when the dean's office had leftover hors d'oeuvres after a reception."

August 31, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Mentors, Leadership, and Community

"A mentor has many characteristics but must first and foremost care about your professional development and have an interest in guiding younger scientists as they move through their careers."

September 07, 2007

A Karolinska Doctoral Candidate Learns the Joys of Business Ownership, Research, and Fatherhood

"I like to move very fast and take a lot of risks compared to the traditional Swedish way."

--Mohammed Homman

September 28, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Getting the Most Out of Progress Reviews

Value these moments of interaction with your supervisor. … If you are well-prepared, progress-review meetings will make a magnificent contribution to achieving your main goal, the completion of your research projects.

October 05, 2007

Studying the Self Scientifically

Lenggenhager helped develop an experimental concept aimed at recreating out-of-body experiences in healthy subjects as a way to study distorted self-consciousness.

October 12, 2007

In the Minority: Three Scientists Describe Working Outside Their Native Lands

October 26, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Starting Off on the Right Foot

You may discover that lab technicians or the person ordering supplies can profoundly affect the course of your research and the quality of your experience, so be sure to give everyone the respect that they deserve.

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.

December 14, 2007

Internships Offer Ph.D.s Early Leap Into Job Market

"It's like the television show
The Apprentice: If you see someone for 6 weeks, you are a lot more convinced that they are the right fit for your company than if they turn up for an hourlong interview." --Rebecca Dowsett, University of Nottingham

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.