How I got through my grad school slump

By Katherine Still Taken from https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/02/how-i-got-through-my-grad-school-slump?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=0214workinglife-23930 I waited until my Ph.D. committee had left the room to break down. I sank into a chair, head in hands, as my committee meeting form sat unsigned on the lectern. I had just failed my dissertation proposal defense—a poor start to my fourth year of grad school. My committee [...]

How I motivate myself to complete boring job tasks—and have fun in the process

By Bill D. Roebuck Taken from https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/02/how-i-motivate-myself-complete-boring-job-tasks-and-have-fun-process?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=0207workinglife-23904 About 10 years ago, I sat in my office, struggling to muster up the motivation to write an annual progress report for my dean. I enjoy writing grant applications and scientific papers—tasks that engage my creativity and further my research. But report writing doesn’t come with any reward apart [...]

To fairly evaluate scientists’ CVs, universities should welcome personal disclosures

By Erin Gibson Taken from https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/01/fairly-evaluate-scientists-cvs-universities-should-welcome-personal-disclosures?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=0117workinglife-23810 “Why don’t you have a K award?” the interviewer asked, referring to a postdoc award granted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that is seen by many biomedical scientists as a ticket to a faculty position. It wasn’t the first time this question had come up as I interviewed [...]

Make science PhDs more than just a training path for academia

Sarah Anderson Taken from https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02586-5 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 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03914-5 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 [...]