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February 16, 2007

Mastering Your PhD: Dealing with Setbacks

Your best weapon is focused, methodical, patient effort.

April 13, 2007

Mastering Your PhD: Science Papers that Shine

Your writing should reflect the same clarity and concision as your research.

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 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.”

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 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.

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.

January 25, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Dealing With Difficult Colleagues

If you learn how to cope with contrary colleagues early in your career, particularly in the competitive atmosphere of a lab, you will develop valuable coping and people-management skills that will serve you time and again, wherever your career path takes you.

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.

March 28, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Goodbye to All That

"Learning to survive and thrive once you are pulled out of your comfort zone is an experience that will benefit you for the rest of your life."

May 02, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Exploring Nonprofit Organizations

For those making the transition from academia, the values and culture inherent in the nonprofit world may offer an exciting and rewarding career choice.

May 23, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: A Career in Management Consulting

Solving a corporate problem is not much different from solving a scientific problem.

June 27, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Better Communication With Your Supervisor

Is poor communication with your supervisor getting in the way of your progress in the lab?

July 25, 2008

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Defending Your Thesis With Flair

A thesis defense is a cross between an exam and a ceremony.

December 15, 2006

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Setting Goals for Success

Whatever your working style, planning and time management have a definite place in your daily life in the lab.

November 10, 2006

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Running in Place

An honest evaluation will help you identify the work patterns and obstacles that are slowing you down.

October 20, 2006

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Giving a Great Presentation

With the spotlight on you, it's tempting to try to impress your audience with an avalanche of data and plenty of bells and whistles.

January 19, 2007

Mastering Your Ph.D.: Group Dynamics

A little competitiveness can be an excellent thing, but too much can produce an environment that's unhealthy for science--and scientists.

November 10, 2006

Mastering Your Ph.D. - Series Index

Patricia Gosling and Bart Noordam are the authors of Mastering Your Ph.D.: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years...
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.