Mentoring as a Graduate Student

The benefits of offering support to someone else.   By Heather VanMouwerik, April 3, 2017 Heather VanMouwerik is a Ph.D. candidate in Russian History at the University of California, Riverside. Find her on Twitter or read more on her website. ---------------------------------------------------- Honestly, I had no intention of becoming anyone’s mentor. I was deep into the “make it [...]

The power of science communication

Samantha Yammine uses Instagram to share her research and enthusiasm for science By Srivindhya Kolluru Samantha Yammine is a PhD candidate in her final year at the University of Toronto in Dr. Derek van der Kooy’s Neurobiology Research Group. She is also a science communicator. Although science communication manifests in different ways, at its [...]

Postdocs: Big lab, small lab?

Chris Woolston, Nature 549, 553–555 (28 September 2017) doi:10.1038/nj7673-553a Choosing a lab of the right size is crucial for early-career development. Getty Group discussions are one aspect of postdoc life that can be very different between large and small labs. While looking for a postdoctoral position, Michael Mitchell could have joined any number of [...]

Six Selfish Reasons to Communicate Science

NICOLE SHARP, PH.D., UCS SCIENCE NETWORK, UCS | JULY 24, 2017, 9:21 AM EDT First, a confession: I never meant to be a science communicator. I’m an aerospace engineer specializing in fluid dynamics, the physics of how liquids and gases (and granular materials and pretty much anything that’s not a solid) moves. As an undergraduate, I [...]