Is Toastmasters a good way to help with public speaking

Toastmasters is indeed a great way to improve your public speaking skills, and presentations skills are definitely an  important part of grad school and life beyond.  You’ll be in a room filled with other people who are there to improve their communication skills, with everyone acting bo...


Being Reliable

I often wonder why people flake out on doing things.  Why do they agree to do something and then not follow through?  Is it because they don’t want to offend during an in person encounter so they agree while fully intending to slip under the radar immediately afterwards? What does this t...


Questions to ask when looking for a postdoc

You finally see the light at the end of the graduate school tunnel. The frustrations and triumphs of your dissertation experiments have only whetted your appetite for more research training. Or, perhaps, you’ve sprinted toward the broad and diverse “alternate” career horizon, but haven’t lan...


Hello Bio Careers!

Hello, my name is Christine Crumbley. I’m a 5th year graduate student at Scripps in Jupiter, FL, trying to draw up a plan for my future. I started pursuing my PhD at LSU in Baton Rouge, but after my previous advisor did not earn tenure, I followed my new advisor, Dr. Burris, to Scripps Florida. De...


How to Improve our Emotional Intelligence

I have been in a knowledge management program recently. Emotional Intelligence is one of the topics in our discussion. I think Emotional Intelligence is critical in the success of our careers. As a postdoctoral fellow in a lab, except for working hard at the bench, we have to pay more attention to i...


5 Ways to Find Out What Else You Can Do With that PhD!

As far as the average graduate career goes, the realization that the academic path is not the way you want to go can hit anytime. It may strike during your post-quals slump, or when you’ve spent a month’s worth of late weekend nights in the lab, or even the year before you graduate. Unfortunatel...


Blogging on freelance writing

In this blog, I hope to provide the perspective of a post-graduate scientist with some biotech industry experience who transitioned into medical writing for a medical communications agency, and then went out on his own as a freelance writer.


Making the most of an interview opportunity

With my long-term career goals oscillating to-and-fro regarding academic research, an interesting opportunity presented itself – an administrative/teaching, non-tenure-track faculty position.  Led by my curiosity with this alternate academic route, I decided to throw my name into the hat of c...


Liberal Arts Institution

Continuing with my experience at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting last month, particularly with their Professional Advancement Series (PAS) sessions; along with the benefit of the use of an Executive/Professional Summary as part of one’s job application/...


Commencement conversation

I recently participated in the commencement ceremony for my doctoral degree and was greeted with a statement I have heard all too often, “A PhD in ____ (name of science field), you have so many great opportunities open to you now!”