The Pandora’s Box of Scientific Publishing

By Rebecca Fleeman You, a critical thinker and curious person, hear about a recent scientific discovery or therapeutic that you want to learn more about. Rather than becoming an armchair expert by watching the latest unqualified YouTube video on the topic or queueing up a biased celebrity's podcast, you intelligently seek out peer-reviewed scientific studies … Continue reading The Pandora’s Box of Scientific Publishing

See That Toxic Person? Remedy the Situation to Improve Your Productivity

By Savanna Ledford and Gail D'Souza Photo Credit: David Miller, Goalcast1 Monday morning, we meet again. As you grab that delicious cup of coffee you walk in dismay to your workspace thinking, “I truly hope Jo isn’t at the meeting today.” You are already dreading the negative comments, bullying, gossiping, and clique-y behavior that will … Continue reading See That Toxic Person? Remedy the Situation to Improve Your Productivity

Growing Your Growth Mindset for Scientific Success

By Angela Snyder This time of year, NIH grant study sections are meeting and R01s, F31s, and other grant applications are being reviewed, discussed, and scored. Scientists at every career stage are receiving some positive feedback and a lot of criticism. While some individuals are able to post well-deserved celebratory Tweets, there are many more … Continue reading Growing Your Growth Mindset for Scientific Success

The Bridge Between Pharma and the Clinic: A Career Interview with a Director of Medical Science Liaisons

By Stephanie Baringer Chris McNabb            As scientists, we have a duty to use science to improve the lives of patients. But even if we have the next cure for cancer, how do we get clinicians to listen? Scientists and clinicians often speak very different languages, and it can be difficult to convey ideas back and … Continue reading The Bridge Between Pharma and the Clinic: A Career Interview with a Director of Medical Science Liaisons

Why Effective Science Communication is Important, and How You Can Make Your Research More Accessible

By Mikayla McCord Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated. The communication to wider audiences is part of the job of being a scientist, and so how you communicate is absolutely vital”  - Sir Mark Walport1 We’ve all been there – you finally find a paper that pertains to your specific research interests. Feeling excited and optimistic, … Continue reading Why Effective Science Communication is Important, and How You Can Make Your Research More Accessible

Secret Weapons to Keeping Your Research Articles Organized

By Mariam Melkumyan As graduate students, we have access to millions of papers through websites like PubMed and Web of Science. All the information, while extremely useful, can become very overwhelming. Therefore, it is essential to have resources that will help organize the numerous articles we need and also find papers that are relevant to … Continue reading Secret Weapons to Keeping Your Research Articles Organized

Benchwork Outside of Academia: A Career Interview with an Industry Scientist

By Stephanie Baringer Many trainees enter graduate school because they truly enjoy performing experiments. They live off the feeling of when an assay finally works after months of optimization. For some, the highs of success outweigh the lows of failed experiments. However, the thought of becoming a principal investigator (PI) and running your own lab, … Continue reading Benchwork Outside of Academia: A Career Interview with an Industry Scientist

Stepping Stones to the Clinic: A Career Interview with a Clinical Trials Coordinator

By Stephanie Baringer After long periods at the bench, many trainees discover they wish to facilitate more change in patient lives and work on the translational side of research. However, many Ph.D. level positions require experience in the clinical realm. As bench scientists, we typically don’t have that type of involvement before the time of … Continue reading Stepping Stones to the Clinic: A Career Interview with a Clinical Trials Coordinator

Ph.D. Project Management Hacking

By Rebecca Fleeman Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the myriad of projects, to do’s, and random thoughts floating around in your head? As graduate students, we often feel like circus performers, spinning plates on several rods all at once. We are constantly balancing our time and efforts between experiments, meetings, studying, communicating, applying for … Continue reading Ph.D. Project Management Hacking

Bridging Politics and Science: A Career Interview in Science Policy

By Stephanie Baringer It is no secret that academia jobs are hard to come by and secure, but that is not the only thing stopping grad students from pursing the lab life. Trainees are more aware than ever of the many ‘alternative’ careers available, and they are realizing that transferable skills from their Ph.D.  enable … Continue reading Bridging Politics and Science: A Career Interview in Science Policy