Career Paths

Shomita Mathew

The value of a good mentor

I like this quote that I read written by Rene Olstead - “I encourage all of you to seek out teachers and mentors that challenge you to think for yourself and guide you to find your own voice.”My long journey on the path of academia has been peppered with numerous mentors many of whom have be...

Ian Street


On Being Entrepreneurial to Find Your New Career

There are many paths out of academia, and finding one can be surprisingly difficult.There are a few things I might suggest can do to speed the process, things I wish I’d done earlier.



Navigating Through a Government Job World

Chemists work everywhere!Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University.As PhDs, we have mastered the art of learning. As a result of completing an ultra-specific dissertation, one of...

Lauren Celano


Building skills for career success while in academia

The topic of career planning is something that I discuss with almost everyone I speak with, regardless of whether they are a graduate student or industry professional.  I emphasize that regardless of where someone is in their career, steps can be taken to develop the hard (e.g. techniques) and soft...



Can I productize my research findings?

As a scientist, we inadvertently think about publication of our research in research journals. The higher the impact of the journal, the more prestigious the work is considered, and we don’t mind spending a year or more trying to publish in a higher impact journal! But we often fail to think about...



What goes in a writing portfolio?

Chances are good that if you have considered moving into a communication heavy career, someone has at some point suggested you keep a writing portfolio.If you are like me, you nodded sagely and left confused. What is a writing portfolio? And what do I put in mine, if I am working as a scientist?



Basics of Curriculum Development

Chances are good that at some point in your career, you will need to teach people something in a formal environment like a classroom or lecture hall.You might get assigned the entire first year of intro bio (with labs), or you might just give a guest lecture in some graduate seminar where you ar...



Key Ways Nonprofits Can Compete for Grants

Learn all there is about the funding agency.You may want to read (or review) one of my posts entitled “Writing Grants for Nonprofits - Where Do You Start?” In that post I emphasized the need to research your prospective funding agency. In the present post, I will share a few more things that...


Ramos da Silva

The importance of lab meetings

Since I was an undergrad, lab meetings have been part of my scientific development.Although some people don’t like lab meetings, I think it is a great opportunity to brainstorm, keep up with your experiments and most importantly, it is a great way to organize your data.