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All posts to this blog are a reflection of the views of that particular author, not the CIDD Graduate Student Association as a whole. In order to keep discussion open but directed, any comments or opinions about a specific post should be directed to the author of that post, either publicly in a comment on that specific post or in private correspondence.
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Category Archives: Professional Training
Grad school has very few rules and very little structure –two of the reasons I welcomed the decision to become a Ph.D. candidate. In a program without course requirements and very flexible assistant teaching stipulations, the one hard rule I … Continue reading
I’ve mentioned The Thesis Whisperer as a goldmine of resources for academics on a few occasions. A recent post sent me spiraling down an academic blogging rabbit hole. Of particular note was a peer-reviewed study about who blogs, what about, and who is … Continue reading
There have been a few occasions where I have made the mistake adopting more than one research project – that are in the same phase of production – simultaneously. Each time, I try a new approach to divide my attention…and … Continue reading
Many of you are interested in writing for a larger audience than the CGSA. A few of my posts [1, 2] have generated a few hundred visits from across the globe, so I’ve drawn up a summary of the strategies … Continue reading
This Saturday, Biology is hosting a panel discussion on non-academic careers tailored to grad students and postdocs. Panelists will include a USDA scientist, a biophysicist working in an intellectual property business group, a BMB grad working in industrial biotech and … Continue reading
This Friday, Kezia Manlove, stats guru and sheep-stalker extraordinaire, will be leading a new workshop on how to do statistics in R. Details: Statistics in R Friday, December 6, 2:30-4:30pm MSC W203 RSVP here to receive course materials; class size … Continue reading
We are looking to host a “Careers outside Academia” advice talk with Becky Timms, a former PhD student in the Read Lab who has made a successful transition to the world of banking. Please indicate day/time preference for her talk … Continue reading
During a journal club in the not-so-distant past, Nina Wale introduced CIDD’ers to myIDP, an individual development planning tool for early-career scientists. It’s effectively an “academic personality” survey and long-term goal tracker. Worth a look, especially for those just starting out.
I’ll be digging through these resources in the future. There’s substantial repetition but plenty of valuable information and advice. A few teasers after the jump…