As we are gearing up for the start of the 2019 Fall class, I thought I would share this insightful Nature article that I wish I could have given to my friends and family when I started. It may be hard to know what a PhD is like from the outside, but perhaps this will help!
Today I am thrilled to highlight a guest post from “Sabrina Does Science”, a blog started by a Vanderbilt IGP student, Sabrina Van Ravenstein, during her first year at Vandy. Sabrina decided to start her blog about the academic sciences to offer her own unique perspective as a woman in the scientific field as well as offer advice to newer or potential grad students. This is a great example post, and you should check out more of her stuff on her blog!
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Have you heard of the NIH BEST schools? These are graduate programs that won a grant to fund initiatives to support career development. Vanderbilt was among the first to win and has served as the coordinating institution for all BEST institutions. They also have an incredible blog for grad students and postdocs. One of my favorite recent posts provides incredible advice for students starting a graduate program! Read this now and read it often to remind yourself of these important points!
Your time in grad school is definitely one of growth. As one of my awesome students just put it bluntly today, graduate school is definitely difficult but it shouldn’t be a pity party. One of the best ways to keep it from veering in that direction is by balancing hard work and dedication in the lab with a healthy life. Check out this recent series by Nature to get perspective and remind yourself of the importance of both sides of the balancing act.
A meeting with a student today reminded me of this opinion piece that impacted my scientific career, “The importance of stupidity in scientific research”. I should have read it every day. If you haven’t seen it before, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out. If you have seen it, read it again!
You’ve been inundated with opportunities for summer research experience, and you’ve probably gotten guidance on how to choose the right experience for you. But how should you prepare during this semester for something that seems so far away? Check out this webinar from ABRCMS and ASM for tips on how to best prepare so you can start off right! You might see a familiar face…
(If you watch and you’re wondering, yes, I did record this on my bed with my cats meowing in the background)
Check out this recent advice column on pushing back on your mentor for your graduate training. You’ll see that much of your training is in your hands. Work with your advisor to get what is best for you (while not being disrespectful or dismissive). It is YOUR training after all!
Graduate school is certainly full of ups and downs. However, just like you should keep in mind the big picture of your research question, you should also remember why you chose to attend graduate school. Read this inspiring post by one of our graduate students about the opportunity you’ve been given as a young scientist.
One of the absolutely best (and most fun) things that I did in graduate school was to take a course at Cold Spring Harbor. I encourage every student to consider doing this to learn more about your field or to learn a unique skill. I asked one of our students to give you her tips after she also went to a course and she did a better job than I could of outlining these opportunities. You should follow her path!
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