Empowering Women through Mentoring

Cristina Espinosa, PhD

I still remember my first time in a lab. I was doing my last year of college and I got a fellowship to collaborate for a few hours a day in a research lab. It was an old and rusty lab, and my PI was in the first steps of her career, trying to get […]

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Mensches, Mentors and Badasses: My Science Valentines

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

  Thank you, Hallmark, for your made up soul-crushing holiday that brings tears to middle school kids and single squirrels everywhere. On behalf of scientists,  I hereby reclaim your crappy holiday as a celebration of folks who are mensches, mentors and all around badasses. This, dear friends, is our official day to share some love with […]

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Not that Kind of Attendee: Tales of Conference Attendance by Trainees

Pipette Protagonist, PhD

Spoiler: Maximize your trainee’s time by picking wisely

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Handy Guide to Showing PostDoc Appreciation All Year Long

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It's postdoc appreciation week! Here's your handy ROPIHRS acronym for success- Respect, Opportunities, Plans, Introductions, Health, Reality and Spine.

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Why Write a K24?

Daniel Claassen, MD

Midcareer faculty often bemoan the lack of support and time necessary for mentorship, but many aren’t aware that NIH has a mechanism that does exactly that. K24 awards are the NIH’s best-kept secret.

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When the Help You Get Isn't Helpful

Rebecca Helton, MA

Have you ever received unsolicited, off-target advice? Some people just instinctually offer solutions when they see someone in need. But what if their understanding of what’s wrong is, quite frankly, wrong? Should you politely listen, or can you help them help you? From the Harvard Business Review: When the Help You Get Isn’t Helpful

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Susan Lindquist Drops the Mic and Leaves the Room

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

My last meal with Susan Lindquist was almost a exactly year ago. She had just received one of my university’s highest prizes – The Vanderbilt Prize given annually to an outstanding female biomedical researcher. Susan was an expert in cell biology. She was a pioneer in thinking about how proteins acted in very ‘unprotein’ like ways. How proteins […]

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Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Tenure-Track Peers

The Edge for Scholars

An assistant professor in the social sciences once described a group of tenure-track colleagues in his department as “the lamenting society.” Once a week they met for lunch to complain about, well, everything and everyone. At first, attendance at this conclave of the irate exhilarated him: He felt better knowing other people were as unhappy […]

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10 Takeaways for Managing Undergraduate Research Assistants

Helen Bird

With guidance, undergrads can be reliable, competent and self-motivated young scientists who are an integral part of your research team.

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Sharpen Your Research Skills, Boost Your Career with a Mini-sabbatical

Andria Cimino, MPH

Is an immersive research training experience right for you? Find out how a CCTS mini-sabbatical catalyzed Dr. Courtney Peterson's career.

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