Rooting out gender imbalance in STEM

Original source Science policy 2020 addresses part of the problem, need to tackle thinning pipeline for STEM jobs after PG A 2017 NITI Aayog report shows that just 20% of the research and administrative staff in a select group of institutions, including the IITs, IISERs and NITs, are women. The new science and technology policy [...]

PhD students can benefit from non-academic mentors’ outside perspectives

By Derrick Rancourt Original source A mentor is a professional who acclimates a protégé into a profession. In the Bottegas of Renaissance Florence, upstart Leonardo Da Vinci pulverized Tuscan stone and collected eggs to make tempera for mentor Andrea del Verrocchio, who might allow Da Vinci to assist Michelangelo with his paintings. Although this model was adopted by the [...]

Why STEM Needs to Focus on Social Justice

by Daniel Block Original source Millard McElwee was 12 years old when Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana. Having evacuated to the relative safety of Shreveport before the storm hit, McElwee at first didn’t realize the enormity of the catastrophe. But as his family drove back to their suburban New Orleans home, the carnage was unmistakable. Trees [...]

Academic careers are more than just tenure-track

When we hear a career in academia, we typically default to a tenure-track faculty position and the pre-requisite steps taken to get there (postdoc, research assistant professor, assistant professor, etc). However, have you considered academic careers that don't involve this path? This great blog post discusses different opportunities in this sector, and ideas for exploring [...]

Using this time to focus on career development

The pandemic is a great time to focus on career development and goals! While there are various factors outside our control at the moment, including publishing, the rate at which labs can reopen, and grants, there is plenty we can do to further ourselves in our career. Explore different options within academia, industry, policy, consulting, [...]