I Can’t Wait to Fail: The path to a science career has more than two routes

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!

Why study that, Sabine Fuhrmann?

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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Why study that, Erin Calipari?

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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Keeping up with the Literature

“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!

Knowing nothing: keeping an open mind

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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