Through internships, Ph.D. students expand their skills and explore their options

Doing a media internship during her Ph.D. training confirmed for Michelle Reeve (left) that she wanted to go into science communication when she graduated—and helped her land a job. Paul Wilkinson Photography Through internships, Ph.D. students expand their skills an...

Look, kids! Science!

Hero Images Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo Look, kids! Science! In my very first Experimental Error column in 2010, I made fun of standard science demonstrations, especially one I called “Let’s All Gawk at Liquid Nitrogen.” Why, I complained, were certain experiments so un...

Congress says your work is wasteful. Now what?

Since 2010, U.S. senators—including Tom Coburn (R-OK), shown here at a 2013 press conference—have compiled reports highlighting federally funded research they consider wasteful. Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Newscom Congress says your work is wasteful. Now what? Psych...

Job search ethics: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Sam Edwards/iStockphoto Job search ethics: The good, the bad, and the ugly It’s tough to write about ethics. There’s always a chance that I’ll sound like I’m preaching, which isn’t a great style for a columnist. And I’ve had my own job market infractions, so I’m not ...

Say ‘yes, and’ to communication

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center stretch their communication muscles during an improv-inspired workshop in December 2016. Aniek Ivens Say ‘yes, and’ to communication A group of scientists stand in a circle for a seemingly simple game. One claps ...

GREs don’t predict grad school success. What does?

Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy Stock Photo GREs don’t predict grad school success. What does? Summer is just beginning, but before we know it, the graduate school application and admission season will be upon us again. The ostensible goal of that arduous and anx...

Why it might be a good time to start a career in science

Office of Intramural Training & Education, National Institutes of Health Why it might be a good time to start a career in science There’s a lot of gloom and doom in the conversations about science careers these days. But a new study in the Proceedings of the Nat...

The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win

kmlmtz66/iStockphoto The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win Awards have played an important role in Haley Gomez’s career. When the professor of astrophysics and head of public engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University in the Unite...

Female authors get fewer citations in astronomy

aikido/iStockphoto Female authors get fewer citations in astronomy Papers with female first authors receive 10% fewer citations than comparable papers with male first authors, a new study in Nature Astronomy reports, with potential implications for women’s career tra...

Yes, you can have a life outside the lab

Graduate student Benjamin Martin learned to prioritize efficiency to balance his responsibilities in lab, on the field as a member of Canada’s men’s field hockey team, and in his personal life. Yan Huckendubler Yes, you can have a life outside the lab With the const...
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