In a research laboratory setting, it is typical for each trainee to work independently on his or her own projects and only convene as a lab for occasional discussions, meetings or data presentations. My experience was no different. During my PhD training and postdoctoral work, I had my assigned p...
Ask most PhD, MD, or PharmD professionals how they had envisioned their careers developing while in graduate school and you will hear things like becoming a tenured professor at a reputable university, working in a retail pharmacy or having a successful medical practice. And although these can be re...
I like this quote that I read written by Rene Olstead - “I encourage all of you to seek out teachers and mentors that challenge you to think for yourself and guide you to find your own voice.” My long journey on the path of academia has been peppered with numerous mentors many of whom have be...
Chemists work everywhere! Over the years, I interviewed for jobs ranging from forensic chemist at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to research professor at Drexel University. As PhDs, we have mastered the art of learning. As a result of completing an ultra-specific dissertation, one of...
The topic of career planning is something that I discuss with almost everyone I speak with, regardless of whether they are a graduate student or industry professional. I emphasize that regardless of where someone is in their career, steps can be taken to develop the hard (e.g. techniques) and soft...
As a scientist, we inadvertently think about publication of our research in research journals. The higher the impact of the journal, the more prestigious the work is considered, and we don’t mind spending a year or more trying to publish in a higher impact journal! But we often fail to think about...
Chances are good that if you have considered moving into a communication heavy career, someone has at some point suggested you keep a writing portfolio. If you are like me, you nodded sagely and left confused. What is a writing portfolio? And what do I put in mine, if I am working as a scientist?
Chances are good that at some point in your career, you will need to teach people something in a formal environment like a classroom or lecture hall. You might get assigned the entire first year of intro bio (with labs), or you might just give a guest lecture in some graduate seminar where you ar...