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By | March 28th, 2015 | | 0 Comments

Advice for PhD Students: Tips From Professors, Startup Founders, and Industry Professionals

Here we present various pieces of advice from startup founders, academic professors, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and industry executives to current and future PhD students.

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By | March 14th, 2015 | | 0 Comments

What can women in science learn from female entrepreneurs?

Scientists may not readily identify themselves as entrepreneurs, but a comparison can indeed be made between the corporate business sector and the scientific enterprise. Are their skills that women in business have that women in science can acquire and benefit from? The intersection of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math), Innovation, Business and Women were [...]

By | November 24th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

Grad Student to Successful Career: Where do we go from here?

Noushin Nabavi, Ph.D.
November 2014
With all the major journals covering the shortage of academic positions and funding for trained scientists, and many key university decision makers acknowledging that we are in a funding stagnation period, I find it necessary to engage in the ever-evolving and active discussion about career possibilities and opportunities for PhD graduates. According [...]

By | November 17th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

When a PhD isn’t enough

Contributor Bianca Marcolino

“You need to beg, borrow and steal” was the advice I was given by a Pfizer medical director on how to enter the pharmaceutical industry after graduate school. The medical director also had a Ph.D., and I had met him through a common friend. He had transitioned from academia into industry, and was [...]

By | November 12th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

The PhD System Is Broken. This Is How We Fix It. Part I: Mentors

In my previous post I wrote about why I left academia, and mentioned that I felt the system was broken. My next series of posts will focus on what I believe are some of the major problems, and also some suggestions on how we can begin to reform the existing system. Part one of this series will [...]

By | November 9th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

Why I Left Academia (And What You Should Do About It)

I know there have been a lot of posts on this recently, but I wanted to take an opportunity to share my experience, with the hopes of helping others in the same situation.

About six months ago, after two doctorate degrees, two fellowships, and a residency (almost 15 years of my life) training for a career [...]

By | October 13th, 2014 | | 0 Comments


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By | September 25th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

How PhDs Can Escape Benchwork And Get Paid Better

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
I slammed the -80°C freezer shut and slowly walked out of the lab. It was midnight and I was exhausted. Another 18-hour day was behind me and all I could think about was going to bed so I could wake up and do it again.
In a twisted way I liked the grind of [...]

By | July 28th, 2014 | | 0 Comments

Think Outside the Lab

Marcia McNutt

Last month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) released a report* with some grim news that confirmed what is painfully obvious to recent Ph.D. graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields: Unemployment for this cohort is on the rise (at 2.4% in 2010, up nearly a percentage point since 2008). Although it [...]

By | May 16th, 2014 | | 0 Comments