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    August 20, 2004

    The Other Side of the Table

    There is always the elusive "chemistry" question. How would the interviewing manager and others feel about having you as a member of the department? How would you fit in with the rest of the team? This is akin to what consulting firms refer to as the "airport" test: Could I tolerate being stuck with you in an airport for several hours?

    March 30, 2001

    The Ethics of Authorship: Feature Overview--How Should Authorship Be Decided?

    May 30, 2003

    Going Solo

    "The most obvious question for anyone setting up independently is whether there's enough work out there. So far, I am relieved to say that this doesn't seem to have been a particular problem."

    June 11, 2004

    Looking for the Right Lab

    Editor's note: MiSciNet's "Dear MentorDoctor" will appear every other month and is designed to help mentors and students with situations that commonly arise in academia. Do you have questions for MiSciNet's MentorDoctor team? Please send inquiries to

    November 01, 2002

    Country Fresh Air and Silent Genes

    "These few drawbacks have been more than counterbalanced by the advantages, including substantial research funding and the excellent facilities and support staff."

    April 25, 2003

    Immunology: Attacking a Moving Target

    July 02, 2004

    An Inside Look at Australian Science From a Top Geoscientist

    "The government in this country recognizes the value of a knowledge economy, recognizes it's necessary to be a knowledge economy, and recognizes the role science plays in that."

    February 10, 2006

    GrantDoctor: Bridges to Independence

    If you don't have a pathway award or a similar fellowship, you'll probably be competing for the positions left over once all the award winners have been placed.

    May 31, 2002

    Sharing in the Sciences

    In academic science, ideas and data are exchanged openly. Scientists freely debate the merits of different theories and...
    November 03, 2000

    Young European Scientists Draw Up Agenda for Change

    August 26, 2005

    Getting to the End of Your PhD

    It is up to your supervisor to decide when sufficient work has been done, and you may well find that the goalpost is being moved further as you progress along.

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    October 10, 2003

    The PhD-Doctor: The Art of Finishing Up

    "The best dissertation is a done dissertation." —Joan Bolker

    April 06, 2001

    Web Sites for Undergraduates

    November 19, 2004

    Tooling Up: Doing, Knowing, Judging: One Man's Quest to Link Academia and Industry

    In academia, he says, you are rewarded by the development of the knowledge base. The difference in industry is that you are paid for the judgment.

    March 09, 2001

    Funding Additional Training and Summer Research

    February 05, 2003

    Listening to the Song of Senescence

    This article comes to you through a collaboration between Next Wave and Science's aging knowledge environment,
    SAGE KE. The joint venture is supported by the
    AARP Andrus Foundation.

    April 02, 2004

    Zen Teaching on an Institution's Fringe

    "Apart from me--a former physicist and, at the time, an aspiring writer--our ranks included a Ph.D.-level zoologist who spent her summers growing organic cilantro for market."

    January 09, 2004

    Why Students Need Professors' Perspectives on Family Issues

    "I don't think interviewing while obviously pregnant is advisable in the conservative, male-dominated disciplines of science and engineering. …"

    December 01, 2006

    It Ain't Over Till It's Over

    "If [the union] is open, honest, and transparent, I think that postdocs at UCSF would welcome discussion." --Anne T. Union