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    March 13, 2009

    Opportunities: Kauffman's Twelve

    A new fellowship program from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will prepare 12 life-scientist fellows each year to commercialize their research findings.

    January 09, 2009

    Opportunities: Career Advantages of Collaboration

    These days, the scientific value of collaboration is widely acknowledged, but the career advantages are rarely mentioned.

    July 25, 2008

    E-Persona Non Grata: Strategizing Your Online Persona

    A well-constructed e-persona reflects a measure of thoughtfulness, professionalism, and competence.

    May 09, 2008

    Opportunities: Research Inc.

    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.

    February 22, 2008

    Opportunities: Master of Disaster

    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.

    January 25, 2008

    Opportunities: The Curse of Brains

    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.

    November 16, 2007

    Opportunities: The Golden Chapter

    Within about 4 months, J. received three offers for faculty positions.

    October 19, 2007

    Walking on the Dark Side

    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.

    September 14, 2007

    Opportunities: The Most Important Venture Capitalist

    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.

    August 10, 2007

    Opportunities: The Power of Poverty

    "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."

    July 13, 2007

    Opportunities: The Accidental Consultant

    You don’t have to leave scientific training to have an enjoyable (and lucrative) side business as a technical consultant.

    June 08, 2007

    Opportunities: From PDF to IPO, One Scientist's Journey

    "Listen to everyone who has something to say, file the opinions, and make your own decisions anyway." --Avi Spier

    May 11, 2007

    Opportunities: More School?

    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.

    April 13, 2007

    Opportunities: A Day in the Life, Part 2

    It was like being a first-year graduate student and having long, one-on-one meetings with Harold Varmus, Francis Crick, and Craig Venter.

    March 09, 2007

    Opportunities: Breadth Versus Depth

    Being the best in the world holds little meaning if it is with respect to an infinitesimal niche of science that only you inhabit.

    February 16, 2007

    Opportunities: A Day in the Life

    He knew his invention would not have the impact it could have unless he led its introduction into the commercial market.

    January 12, 2007

    Opportunities: Insubordination

    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.

    December 08, 2006

    Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 2

    Find that agreement your employer made you sign, and read it very carefully.

    November 10, 2006

    Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Part 1

    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.

    October 13, 2006

    Opportunities: Stealing Time

    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?