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

From Blood to Bone: What it Means to Donate Your Body to Science

By Elizabeth Lesko Frankenstein at work in his laboratory, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein1 Most people are familiar with the concept of donating your body to science – the cadavers used to teach medical students must come from somewhere after all – yet few have given much thought to exactly how one goes about donating their … Continue reading From Blood to Bone: What it Means to Donate Your Body to Science

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

The Challenge of Mental Health in Graduate School

By Bailey Keller and Angela Snyder Declining mental health among graduate students is a silent epidemic. According to a recent Nature survey of 6,300 PhD students worldwide, ~36% report seeking help for anxiety or depression due to their PhD studies1. Commonly cited reasons for the PhD environment contributing to poor mental health were bullying and … Continue reading The Challenge of Mental Health in Graduate School