Build Mentor/Mentee Connections with MyNRMN

Ryan Outman

Are you a trainee looking for a mentor? Are you a scientist looking to foster careers in research? A new tool supported by NIH can help you build mentoring relationships …

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Spending time with smart people ...

Paul Harris, PhD

I was recently asked by a colleague to name a favorite 'life hack' for research or academic life.   My first thoughts centered around productivity tips and tricks.  However, the more …

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Alarming Statistics Reveal Mental Health Crisis in Our STEM and Medical School Trainees

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

What percentage of medical students do you think are depressed or suicidal? 5%? 10%? Go higher. Much higher. This week JAMA published a meta analysis and literature review out of Harvard revealing …

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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 …

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From Advisee to Peer

The Edge for Scholars

Question: A friend of mine and I were talking today about what it's like to be newly minted Ph.D.'s, working on our first jobs. We became more independent …

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Midcareer Mentoring

Rebecca Helton

Much has been written about how much time an assistant professor should spend on "service" work and what types of service might be important for career advancement, as opposed to …

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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 …

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When the Help You Get Isn't Helpful

Rebecca Helton

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, …

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I'm Not Saying I'm the Best Mentor Ever, But...

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I'm traveling with two female grad students in my lab and we have 8 pairs of shoes and 1 pair of boots between us and no checked bags. I'm all like..

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A Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Step 1 of the 1 Step Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You is..... ASK! Sounds ridiculous, right? But there are countless people who spending sleepless nights worrying …

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