Government Research

ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

It’s worth it to have it all

Last week in Boston, I attended a professional advancement session at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference. Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H., current president of the AACR, addressed the young research investigators and trainees in attendanc...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Mentoring: Not one size fits all

A few weeks ago, I was invited to sit on a committee of postdoctoral fellows that evaluated nominees for the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Mentor Award. We were advised to select award winners who not only performed their expected mentoring duties but went over and beyond the normal expe...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Traveling on the government’s dime

As a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the NCI, I have a generous $3000 “travel and training budget” for attending conferences to present research results, taking training and academic courses, as well as purchasing textbooks that are pertinent to my research. Many labs or research groups at the NIH p...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Obama says “thank you.” You should too.

Recently, a postdoc in my research group asked for my help in preparing an oral presentation. Because we worked on similar projects, I was happy to send him slides from my previous presentation as a resource for ideas. And I also coached him in some of the potential questions he may receive from the...


xiaolidu

Xiaoli
Du

Available resources for government jobs

The NIH Career symposium was held this month on the Bethesda NIH campus. The 4th annual career symposium has covered all the possible career areas for fellows including Faculty careers, careers in science education, careers in science policy, research in industry, career options for clinicians, cons...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Some practical reasons why NIH postdocs are having babies

Despite the progressively louder tick of the biological clock, many scientists are unwilling to allow a pregnancy or a newborn slow them down during the high-stakes years of a postdoctoral fellowship. Besides, the meager stipends and sometimes limited health benefits combined with the wrath of lab m...


mkendrick20

Mandy
Kendrick

Out of grad school and into the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

As I finished typing up my Ph.D. dissertation in the spring of 2009, I began exploring non-academic job prospects.  My boyfriend and I had been dating for a couple of years and were looking forward to getting married and starting a life together—a life that included balance.  From my obs...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Who’s doing research at the NIH?

Annually, NIH invests $31.2 billion in biomedical research for the health of the American people. Over 80% of that budget is awarded as competitive grants to the “extramural” world of research, including universities, medical schools, and other research organizations here in the US and abroad.Ap...


mkendrick20

Mandy
Kendrick

How to use LinkedIn (or how not to use it)

Last month, I attended the Postdoc Conference & Career Fair in Bethesda, Maryland.  There were many talks regarding the transition out of academia into technology transfer, communications, and industry.  Going into the day I was not enthused about attending the industry talks.  I ...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Commuting in the D.C. area

In preparation for the first day of my postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH, I mapped the route from my new apartment to the NIH campus. I inquired with the administrator ahead of time about the parking options. I had even driven to the office on the evening before my first day to make sure that I wou...