Category Archives: Graduate School

Life’s a Bench: transitioning from undergrad researcher to lab technician

– post by Golgi – At first glance, the transition from college student to research associate didn’t seem like a big life change. I had worked in this lab as an undergraduate and would spend anywhere from 4-10 hours a … Continue reading

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From Cleavage to Kitty Emoticons: Students Behaving Too Casually..

– things the Birds talk about (**VERY informally**) during their morning walks together for coffee/tea- Nucleus:  “I just checked myself out in the mirror in the ladies bathroom and noticed I’m showing a little too much cleavage today. And I … Continue reading

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Coffee Cart Chat with 5 Brainy Birds: What makes you feel productive?

– things the Birds talk about (**VERY informally**) during their morning walks together for coffee/tea- After gathering at a central lab location, all the 5 Brainy Birds grab their mugs and head off for coffee/tea. During their walk to and … Continue reading

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The Rational, Emotional Scientist

– written by Dendrite – A big part of our job as scientists is to be objective- put all human, subjective feelings aside and try to look at the problem or interpret data through an unbiased lens.  But, contrary to … Continue reading

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If you don’t eat, sleep, and breathe science, get out of the lab! ….is an antiquated view

– written by Nucleus – If you don’t wake up thinking about science – eating, sleeping, breathing science – then you are not meant to be a scientist.  This field is too hard to make it in, so if you’re … Continue reading

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Making the Pursuit of Academic Science Less Selfish

– Written by Nucleus – When the topic of choosing a career as an academic comes up, many of my colleagues view their choice as a selfless one. “I could be making a ton more money doing X or Y … Continue reading

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Is Pursuing Biology Selfish?

– Written by Golgi – Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate’s degrees are words that my family is beginning to incorporate into their vocabulary. When he was twenty years old, my father illegally immigrated to the U.S from Mexico with little more … Continue reading

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