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A new fellowship program from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will prepare 12 life-scientist fellows each year to commercialize their research findings.
These days, the scientific value of collaboration is widely acknowledged, but the career advantages are rarely mentioned.
A well-constructed e-persona reflects a measure of thoughtfulness, professionalism, and competence.
A research scientist can differentiate a lab's approach not just by quality--which certainly is important--but also by the "flavor" of the work: the approach to problem-solving, the tools used, and intangibles such as originality and creativity.
Psychologists and career counselors have found that people's ability to cope with and adapt to setbacks when they occur is a major predictor of overall happiness and professional success.
Intellectually smart people sometimes analyze so much that they delay taking any action while creating for themselves a great deal of mental work and anxiety.
Within about 4 months, J. received three offers for faculty positions.
If you have any interest in management consulting, investment banking, or quantitative finance, these information sessions may be a valuable window on the recruitment process.
Government grants for technology-based businesses are very similar to those you might win in academia, but because they are given to small businesses, there is an added focus on technology commercialization.
"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."
You don’t have to leave scientific training to have an enjoyable (and lucrative) side business as a technical consultant.
"Listen to everyone who has something to say, file the opinions, and make your own decisions anyway." --Avi Spier
A Ph.D. is great on fundamentals--it teaches you how to make something completely on your own--but it falls short on the practical stuff every entrepreneur has to master.
It was like being a first-year graduate student and having long, one-on-one meetings with Harold Varmus, Francis Crick, and Craig Venter.
Being the best in the world holds little meaning if it is with respect to an infinitesimal niche of science that only you inhabit.
He knew his invention would not have the impact it could have unless he led its introduction into the commercial market.
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.
Find that agreement your employer made you sign, and read it very carefully.
If you remain in science, it is almost certain that at some point in your career you will invent something--or be working on a team that invents something--that has potential commercial value.
Can you imagine what it would be like if painters, playwrights, and composers had to produce their product in 5- to 10-minute bites between committee meetings and proposal reviews?