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Holly Brevig

04.01.2016 |    2,917 |   reply |
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There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options.   There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fellows), science writing (e.g., Richard Casement Internship at the Economist) or other types (e.g., White House Fellows, Office of Science Technology Policy Internship Program, etc).  I wrote an earlier blog that included a table of different opportunities for PhDs that you can check out.   Some fellowships and internships do not pay and/or are short-term.  Most are very competitive.  Just because...


Holly Brevig

12.14.2015 |    3,675 |   reply |
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In one of my blogs, I briefly wrote about career options and provided a table with various career types and organizations to find these careers.   I wanted to focus on what I thought were unique opportunities that I did not know about when I was in graduate school.  Just as...


Judy Lytle

11.23.2015 |    3,641 |   reply |
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As my pre-doctoral sentence of four-to-six-years-with-time-off-for-80-hour-work-weeks was coming to a joyful conclusion, I started to look for opportunities.  I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nights and weekends of caring for my research subjects, cup-o-noodle dinners in the med student lounge, and endless hours of counting...
Tags: AAAS fellowship, tips on getting a fellowship


Ron Hunter

02.11.2015 |    7,123 |   reply |
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My grandmother often remarked that I had been here before, which meant that I was an old soul.  More than knowing what I wanted as a child, I anticipated the future with a sixth sense. This remained true until the end of graduate school. I finished my PhD in chemistry, and...


Thomas Magaldi

08.13.2014 |    14,897 |   reply |
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Are you unsure of whether to pursue a first or second postdoc? If so, be strategic in choosing your next training opportunity.  The most important factor in choosing a postdoc is finding a PI who will support your career aspirations and training. Unfortunately, many scientists choose a postdoc based solely on...
Tags: advice for postdoctoral studies, should I proceed to postdoc


Matt Wenham

06.12.2014 |    8,944 |   reply |
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One of the most significant transition points for many scientists is the decision to move overseas. For most people, this occurs at the point of the postdoctoral fellowship, with the experience of conducting research in a foreign country and system, and also one of the key stages in career progression...
Tags: moving overseas, working abroad


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

05.02.2014 |    10,307 |   reply |
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In this crazy busy world when we are all focused on our jobs, and careers, and our research, don’t forget to focus on yourself.  I’ve seen many articles lately that when taken together, make me think more about taking care of myself, especially if you are still young. Eat the recommended...
Tags: how to live longer, what is my heart’s age


Matt Wenham

01.07.2014 |    20,636 |   reply |
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With many graduate students and postdocs looking for career opportunities outside the laboratory, science policy is becoming an increasingly popular field. I won’t go in to the basic details of what the field entails and the different types of organizations and jobs involved (there are plenty of posts here and...
Tags: career in science policy, how to enter science policy


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

09.13.2013 |    15,553 |   reply |
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I recently read this article from the Guardian website, “Are universities collecting too much information on staff and students?”,and I found myself thinking about the question posted in the title.  I’m not sure of the answer, but the gist of the article was that the University of Huddlefield was mining...
Tags: collecting information, privacy


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

08.28.2013 |    19,476 |   reply |
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Realizing that we all live in an age of information overload,  – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t complain about having too many emails. Here is my list of 10 DOs and DON’Ts 1. DO include a response deadline in the subject● Example: September 24 webinar available 2. DO include an action...
Tags: email best practices, how to reply to emails


Meghan Mott

07.30.2013 |    14,611 |   reply |
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Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic...
Tags: alternative career path, Science policy


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

05.17.2013 |    22,168 |   1 reply |
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Ever been contacted by a headhunter?  I have. It was very flattering. . . The number one way to attract a headhunter is to have a LinkedIn profile and keep it active. The headhunter that contactedme use my LinkedIn profie, which is the method that tons of companies are using to...
Tags: Improving, Organizing, Updating


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

05.14.2013 |    18,401 |   reply |
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To comment or not to comment … that is the question.  So I was listening to this program on Science Friday recently called “Preserving Science News in an Online World,” and the discussion was about the pros and cons of allowing comments on science news and blogs.  The “pro” arguments for comments...
Tags: blog, Commenting, Non-scientist comment, Science News


Kate Sleeth

12.24.2012 |    30,903 |   2 reply |
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I had no idea that the European Commission had made a video to attract more women to careers in science before I witnessed the reactions of friends and fellow scientists in different social media. Within a few posts, I realized that either something must have gone wrong as scientists, both...
Tags: career, science women, video, women


Marina Enachi

07.20.2012 |    14,354 |   reply |
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We would like to let you know about the next free webinars coming soon on Bio Careers: 1. Presenter: Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus, PhD Topic: Career Path: "Science Policy: Making the Switch" Wed, 7/25/12, 1-2PM EST  Register to this webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/985066226 Summary: Science Policy is just one of the career paths available to scientists.  If you've ever considered the following questions, then come...
Tags: events, industry, interview, PhD, webinar


Meghan Mott

05.08.2012 |    15,277 |   2 reply |
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Postdocs have few years to identify career goals, strengthen CVs, and construct a professional network, all while working full time in the lab. Given the current situation in academia, most of us will end up in what used to be considered alternative careers. There is a long list of non-academic...
Tags: Academia, CV, postdoc, public health, Science policy


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

01.31.2012 |    12,391 |   4 reply |
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Well, it’s the new year.  Do you have any resolutions? If your resolution is to determine your future career, here are a few places to start. 1. Read What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles or Put Your Science to Work by Peter Fiske. Either of these books would be...
Tags: CV, network, resolutions, skills, volunteer


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

01.03.2012 |    12,991 |   3 reply |
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No, this is not one of those infomercials… you can actually get real-world experience and get paid for it!  No gimmicks – just an application process. If you are interested in Science Communication as a career, check out the AAAS Mass Media Fellowships.  These fellowships occur for 10 weeks each summer...
Tags: AAAS, fellowship, science communication


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