"I am always looking for that sense of discovery, that constant feeling of exploration and the opportunity to be outside in environments that are new and challenging," says Darlene Lim, a biogeologist postdoc at NASA's Ames Research Center.
"Early-stage companies received $956 million dollars in new investment during Q2, up 43% from $668 million the previous quarter. That's the first significant increase in early-stage investment since the fourth quarter of 1999."
Each year, MARC gives 700 talented undergraduates an intensive introduction to the life of a scientist, subsidizing their education, putting them to work in the lab, and offering one-on-one career counseling.
"Cost of living adjustments? Nobody's getting those," says Shawn Hayes, chair of the statewide University of California Council of Postdoctoral Scholars and a postdoc at UC Davis. There's also discussion of "the possibility of a 10% across-the-board salary cut for everybody, including faculty."