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Grad School is for Life, Not Just for Science

You are going to spend at least 4 years or more in graduate school, and around 3-5 years in a postdoc position. That’s a big chunk of your life, so apart from doing experiments, writing papers or your thesis and maybe doing some teaching, what else are you doing? To paraphrase one of my favorite…

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Pointers for New Graduate Students

If you ask any finished graduate student, most of us starting a Masters or PhD program were very excited at what awaited us and if you were anything like me, you were foolishly idealistic and thought you were going to pull on a lab coat, cure cancer and save the world. Ok, maybe most people…

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Expectations of a Grad Student

Graduate school in Biology is very different from undergraduate education, Medical School, Law School, or other professional graduate training programs. In graduate school, you will become your own teacher and your own motivator… Experiencing self-doubt is typical, and is best countered by keeping the lines of communication open between yourself and fellow students, and between yourself and your advisor.

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Coping With a Quarter Life Crisis

A quarter life crisis is the psychological crash felt when transitioning from the bubble of education into a “real” job. But never fear, help is at hand.

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How I Chose a Grad School

A reader recently asked for an explanation “about choosing grad schools, taking the GREs, visiting campuses, speaking to potential advisors, and how you guys decided on where to go.” For me, to be honest, I think that I was astoundingly naive in my decision-making for where to go for graduate school.

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What Comes After Grad School

For many of us, grad school immerses us so deeply in first-hand laboratory research that we begin to think that that’s all there is, and when faced with either limited opportunities for postdoctoral and (later) faculty research positions, we become blind to our other options. Others simply want to get out of academia and don’t…

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Could You Learn Better?

Are you a visual, aural, read-write or kinesthetic learner? If you don’t know, it could be a good idea to find out. Changing the way you learn, study and take notes to suit your learning tendencies can allow you to learn faster and make your newly-acquired knowledge stay with you for longer.

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