The importance of career development through your graduate studies cannot be overstated. No matter your career goals, graduate school is about differentiating yourself and carving your own path. Today I’d like to highlight an article written by one of our very own, Lorena Infante, on her path to Science Writing. I think you’ll find her journey truly inspiring!
In science, we often think about the big picture questions: “How”, “Why”, “What”, etc. Many scientists love those questions, but are also fulfilled by the day-to-day doing of science. That is certainly the case for Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. Read about her excitement for both the big and small parts of her research!
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You may have seen my previous post on careers after the PhD. If not, check it out! Today, I have an update with brand new videos to inspire you on your journey through your PhD. Enjoy catching up with our Office of Career Development and Vanderbilt Alumni!
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You may know that the lines between biomedical fields are blurred, but did you know that the same is true about the boundary between engineering and biology? Hear from Dr. Ethan Lippmann about his journey into the biomedical sciences and how a basic scientist can have strong translational impacts
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Not every future scientist grows up dreaming of doing research. In fact, as I hope you are learning from this series, every scientist has a different journey. This can be heavily influenced by what, and more importantly, who, they are exposed to. Read how Dr. Erin Calipari, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, found research through the people in her life.
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If you want to be inspired, read our new post from Dr. Jim Crowe, Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and the Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. He describes his journey between medicine and basic science and the truly transformative impact of research.
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“Young scientists sometimes tend to neglect the literature. They look at a number of related papers when they start working on their project, but then they fail to keep looking for more papers as their research—and the work of other researchers—progresses.” “Remember that we walk on the shoulders of giants.” “At the early stages of your research career, it’s especially important that you take the time each day to get up to speed with the literature. I would recommend trying the different tools available and experimenting with your reading routine until you find what works for you.”
I pulled this intro from this recent article published by Science. Check out tips and tools from scientists by reading the article!
During your undergraduate experience, you probably had a fairly good idea of what you “needed to know” for your coursework. In contrast, you’ve probably heard that the biggest lesson of graduate school is that you know nothing. That is not entirely true, but you certainly realize in grad school just how big the world of science is and that your goal is not to learn everything but to become increasingly specialized in your knowledge and to think through information. How do you adapt to these newer, bigger goals?
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Today, read from Dr. Vivian Gama, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, who studies how the regulation of apoptosis controls stem cell fate. I think you’ll really enjoy a fresh perspective on how lucky scientists are to be able to do what they are passionate about!
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