Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia

Sarah Anderson Taken from My committee member looked up from the document in his hand, which detailed my ideas for my research proposal. He cleared his throat: “You know, when you apply for faculty positions…” he began. I gave a quick, impulsive nod in response, but thought to myself, “That’s never going to happen.” [...]

Secrets to writing a winning grant

Emily Sohn Taken from When Kylie Ball begins a grant-writing workshop, she often alludes to the funding successes and failures that she has experienced in her career. “I say, ‘I’ve attracted more than $25 million in grant funding and have had more than 60 competitive grants funded. But I’ve also had probably twice as [...]

Ten rules for (possibly) succeeding in academia through upward kindness

By John Tregoning Taken from Even as a piece of satire, the recent description in Times Higher Education of an academic system where being an upwardly toxic asshat is the only way to succeed was pretty depressing (“Ten rules for succeeding in academia through upward toxicity”, Opinion, 21 November). But I don’t believe that academic life has [...]

Mentorship programs help bridge STEM gender gap

By Shawna De La Rosa Taken from Dive Brief: In the midst of male-dominated fields that can sometimes deter females from entering, mentorship programs are cultivating interest and opening up opportunities to girls in STEM, EdSurge reports. In fact, when it comes to the percentage of girls who understand the relevance of STEM and the possible [...]

Opinion: Why It Is Time to Make Conferences Worth It

Very little science from meetings reaches a meaningfully large audience. NICHOLAS ROWE Taken from Having studied conferences for the last 10 years, I have come to find a disparity in the amount of time and resources scientists put into them and the benefits scientists get out of them as far as transmitting and receiving [...]