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...
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...
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...
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...
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?
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...
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
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.