I’ve been unintentionally absent for several reasons. The main reason being…I’m graduating! Yay! Finally! I’m not quite sure how to feel yet…will it be anticlimatic like the boards? will it be scary? Mostly I’m excited for the next step. I’ve realized that I’m a wanderer at heart and I’m ready to move on to the next … Read morePhDone….Now What?
Happy New Year Science lovers! I wish everyone a very productive lab year with a renewed love for life changing research. Which it really is and I think that grad students get so caught up with the experiments that we forget the big picture. I know I’ve been AWOL for a minute but the truth … Read moreFalling (back) in love with Science
On one hand, I want to be completely objective and present this post in a fair light. However, this post comes on the heels of the Wendy Davis v. The Republicans of Texas and Classroom assistants v. Galloway/Dumfries. So I’m not feeling particularly objective today. I’ve known for a while now that women do … Read more75 cents on the dollar
There are two things scientists hold dear: 1. Our credibility/ethics 2. Our impact on our field of interest and society as a whole I think credibility is pretty much everything (in any field really), but especially in science because one misstep could be career suicide. One falsified piece of data…one retracted paper…even one allegation of … Read moreDeep Impact
It’s that time of the year again, when young, impressionable and in some cases..old, impressionable people who love science are preparing for their graduate school interviews. Ah interview weekends…scary and fun at the same time…i distinctly remember all my interview weekends. I was so nervous! Here are some hopefully helpful things to keep in mind … Read moreSo you wanna go to grad school?
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of life. As a grad student, sometimes I get so focused on one thing that I tend to forget to take a step back and really appreciate and acknowledge how awesome it is that I get to do research for a living. Such … Read moreA life in science
As I embark on the final quarter of my graduate career, I am often filled with a sense of uncertainty. Let me explain. My original goal was to return to graduate school in order to obtain a strong scientific foundation for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. My plan was thus: Get a PhD Get … Read moreLeaving the nest (MyIDP: career planning for graduate students and postdocs)
I’ve had the opportunity to hear Donald Coffey speak about cancer and scientific research twice. And while I’m a sappy person by nature, his talks always leave me kind of misty eyed but very inspired. Most people who decide to go into biomedical research do not do so for the glory and fame of it … Read moreThe Real Final Exam
DISCLAIMER: These opinions are strictly mine and not backed up by any scientific evidence. As a 4th year graduate student, I don’t think I’m seasoned enough to be jaded/disillusioned. I also think I still remember my trepidation on choosing the lab I was going to spend the rest of my 20’s in. So here … Read moreRussian Roulette…(aka Choosing a thesis lab)
The recent economic crises hit hard across the board taking no prisoners. Funding for academic research has dropped significantly and in industry there have been massive layoffs. “According to recruitment specialists Challenger, Gray & Christmas (Chicago, IL, USA), the number of pharmaceutical industry jobs eliminated in the first ten months of 2010 was 45,263 (in … Read moreThe problem with big Pharma