Building a list of 1,000 awesome things that come with life in research, one quirky, funny, inspiring piece at a time. Missing your favorite awesomeness? Or have The perfect image? Add in comments or tweet #1ksciawesome @edgeforscholars to share your personal twist on why science rocks.

93. Holiday gift baskets in the break room.

Rocking the hall lights @BesheerLab

92. Lab holiday spirit.

91. Funny tweets from serious scientists.

90. Uploading grades at the end of the course.

89. Discussing a new project with a person who challenges the way I think

88. Embracing the unpredictable

87. Having the exact number of pipette tips left that you need

86. Using lasers as light sabers

85. Mice don’t page you at 3 a.m.

84. Flexible time

83. Mother Nature telling you a secret before anyone else

82. Community that comes to the rescue

81. Dry ice in Eppendorf tubes

80. Collaborations.

79. It is the most rewarding job.

78. Having the whole lab to yourself.

77. Hearing patient perspectives.

76. Getting paid to ask ‘why?’

75. New & immediately useful info in journal club.

74. End of a semester.

73. Start of a semester.

72. Having lab animals in my life.

71. Reward for being ADHD.

70. Chairs who go to bat for faculty.

69. NIH supplements.

68. Congratulations from a distant colleague.

Spontaneous science nerd discussions over lunch.

67. Spontaneous science nerd discussions over lunch.

66. JIT requests.

65. Media coverage that gets it right.

64. Perfectionist biostatisticians.

63. Travel funds.

62. Color coding OCD is normal.

61. Upgrade of computing power.

60. Invitation to serve on grant review panel.

59. Seeing the twinkle of understanding in a student’s eyes.

58. (Safe) lab pranks…dry ice in eppendorf tube under you labmate’s chair.

57. Genuine breakthroughs.

56. Your own brand-new lab equipment.

Desk copies of textbooks.

55. Your first student’s first publication.

54. Desk copies of textbooks.

53. Cures.

52. Labs that believe in parties.

51. Reviewing an amazing and well-written paper.

50. Academic kindness.

49. Upbeat program officers.

48. New knock out/in created in record time.

Cat-o-meter via @icedarkroast

47. Science communication.

46. Science advocacy.

45. Congratulations on your science received in public.

44. New data visualization tools.

43. Playing with the infrared thermometer.

42. Catching up with old lab buddies at meetings.

41. Coming home inspired.

40. Going to scientific meetings.

39. Fellow post docs starting their own labs.

Destination conference via @cjhass

38. Science & umbrella drinks (aka destination conferences)

37. Anticipation before settling down to analyze data set. Christmas for adults!

36. Minor revisions to resubmit.

35. Gorgeous results from immunofluorescence assays.

34. Finding your ‘invisible’ splinter under the microscope.

33. Getting to draw on the windows.

32. Dunkin Donuts naming scientists #1 consumers of coffee.

31. Cold room on a sweltering day.

30. Celebration stickers for lab notebooks when folks crush their experiments.

29. Fact that scientists actively rebel against meetings.

28. Dancing and pipetting with headphones.

Hey, look, a mitosis firework via @prof_riggins

27. Seeing science in everything.

26. Joys of liquid nitrogen and latex gloves.

25. Being in charge of my own schedule (and not just because I don’t have an assistant).

24. Celebrating null findings.

23. Finishing the last analysis for a paper.

22. NOGAs.

21. A tweet about your recently published paper.

20. Running with slides.

On time participant who holds their breath for their MRI.

19. On time participant who holds their breath for their MRI.

18. Permission to ask incessant questions.

17. Curing cancer in mice.

16. Mass spec works for seven days straight

15. Big donor (where are these?).

14. Grant funding.

13. Confirming the drug binds the target in humans.

12. Drying my shoes in a dessicator.

11. Creating science fiction tools in real life.

10. Statistical significance.

9. Unlimited access to dry ice.

8. Free lunch/dinners with strangers (aka applicants).

7. Working outside in the sunshine.

6. Isoflurane contact high

Zillion uses for Parafilm

5. Quoting your favorite science tweeps.

4. Seeing the microscopic world.

3. The fume hood is free.

2. The model converges.

1. Zillion uses for Parafilm.

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Having your NIH Program Officer say, “I am caustiously optimistic about funding your application”

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