Career Paths

alicegruber

Alice
Gruber

US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who ...


consulttoaspire

Christiana
Davis

How to Take Control of Your Time and Write a Lot More

Letting data linger in our labs is very common in academia. Most, if not all, Principle Investigators have data that may never see the light of the day. Do you wish you have more time to write scientific papers? In this present post, I'll share some tips on how to get control of your time, and ...


Shu.Chin.Ma

Shu Chin
Ma

Becoming a Scientific Writer the Hard Way

Let’s start by clearing something up: I am not a scientific writer in the sense that I get paid per word, finger-pecked on the keyboard. Althought, I do a fair amount of writing in my work, and I thoroughly enjoy it, thus, I may have some tips on getting started on becoming a scientific write...


thomas.magaldi

Thomas
Magaldi

Ensure that your first job meets these two criteria

I often encounter two types of graduate students and postdocs who are on the job market. The first type is looking for the perfect job.  Students in this category want their first job to meet all of their career requirements such as responsibilities, salary, location, growth opportunities,...


jena

Jena
Pitman-Leung

How to Tell Your Advisor…. “I’m Leaving Academia”

Many people enter a Ph.D. program or postdoctoral fellowship with the plan that they will be in academia forever. However, for about 70% of trainees, this plan changes along the way. Sometimes it happens slowly, over a long period of time, and sometimes it happens quickly. In either case, usually th...


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Kristine
Hennessy

Doing Your Homework

After choosing to leave the academic track behind, I had to begin focusing on my new career as a high school biology teacher.  I realized that I knew nothing about teaching teenagers, or understanding the complex world that science is.  


fabiansa

Fabian
Zanella

Choosing a lab to work in Academia: Big vs Small

Once you are set to pursue academic research, you may have a few options regarding labs and PIs you would like to work for. While this is a very coarse view on how labs function according to their “size,” with exceptions in all kinds, I have observed that many of those characteristics are s...


amber

Amber
O’Connor

Business Planning for a Freelance Career

This month, I thought I’d share with you some of the administrative things I’ve had to learn and complete when it comes to starting my freelance science writing business.  


Shu.Chin.Ma

Shu Chin
Ma

Pros and cons of working remotely

When you hear the words “working remotely,” does it conjure up an image of someone sloppily dressed in their ratty pajama, hair unkempt, with a huge mug of coffee cradled in one hand, while sitting in front of the television with a computer, haphazardly propped on their lap? How about someo...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Do you have a Sponsor?

I am wondering how many people know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?  I am sure everyone has heard of mentors, but have you heard of a sponsor (and this isn’t someone who is trying to raise money for a deserving charity!)?  My description of a mentor is someone who teaches ...