Academia

katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Learning New Things: “The Administration”

I have been a postdoctoral fellow for approaching seven years.  Over the past few years, I have been instinctively drawn to expand my horizons by joining various associations.  I enjoyed leading the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at my institution; being a member of the Board of Directors ...


virginie.adam

Virginie
Adam

What’s in a scientist?

In the summer before I started my final year of high school, I read two books that shaped my desire to become a scientist: Brenda Maddox’s ‘Rosalind Franklin’, and ‘Doctor Nam’ by Elisabeth du Closel. Both biographies vividly described the exhilaration of biological researc


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Do you dread giving presentations?

I know that I do.  Unfortunately, as scientists the medium through which we often present our findings is through either a poster or seminar presentation.  Either way, it involves standing in front of a group of people and telling them the story of your research.  Easy, right?  W...


virginie.adam

Virginie
Adam

Inspired

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.”These words by Marie Curie resonate with me, as they accurately describe my feelings of awe and curiosity which...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Science Fairs

I was recently given the opportunity to judge a few middle school science fairs, and I jumped at the chance.  Not only because I have never been to one (as I am English I have never participated in one before, either as a contestant or a judge) so I was curious to see what it was like, but also...


stitchick

Dr
27

27 and a PhD

Greetings dear reader. My name is Stephanie (not my real name). I’m a 30 year old scientist in NYC. Originally I started my blog (twentysevenandaphd.wordpress.com) two months prior to my thesis defense. I was 27 at the time, hoping that I’d defend before turning 28. My defense happened that summ...


CCrumble

Christine
Crumbley

Coming to a close

As I write this blog entry, I reflect on all the things that have happened over the last year.  I got approval to defend my thesis, then successfully defended said thesis in March. I started looking for potential postdoc positions last year, then went on interviews in April. The interviews were...


samantha.liangzhang

Liang
Zhang

Tips on networking outside of academia

One of the best ways to land a new job is through personal contacts.  As a scientist in academia, you have many opportunities to forge relationships within academia through seminars, conferences and more.  However, if you are interested in learning more about career opportunities outside o...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

The National Postdoctoral Association Meeting 2012

As I have previously mentioned, I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association ( http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), and I recently attended my third annual NPA meeting in San Francisco.  This year marked the 10th annual meeting and was wonderful due to the attention to detai...


megsterz

Meghan
Mott

Alternative Careers for Science PhDs: Part III – Science Policy

Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic care...