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    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.

    February 16, 2007

    Mastering Your PhD: Dealing with Setbacks

    Your best weapon is focused, methodical, patient effort.

    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.

    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.”

    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 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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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...