Yes and No

Whoa is it important to know how and when to say “yes” versus saying “no” to a scientific opportunity. Saying “no” is not only OK, but is a requirement of being a successful academic. (The better you do, the more… Read More

Write. In First Person

Traditional scientific writing uses passive voice. Passive voice persists because it sounds objective and scientific, and because change can be threatening. “The cells were treated with . . . .”; “The subjects were followed until December 31 . . …. Read More

Tools: Your CV

As soon as you are a doctoral student, it is time to develop your CV or curriculum vitae. A CV is basically a long ugly resume that is specific to academic accomplishments. Do work on your CV now, because it… Read More

Geeks R Us

OK, kids, you may have noticed that academics are a select group. Like you, they are more likely than others to be smart and interested in ideas. You all may be working toward similar goals. These commonalities can support you…. Read More

How to Conference

Conferences are fabulous: a concentration of ideas and discoveries and inspiration and the very people who are creating your field. Don’t treat a conference like a textbook. This is the time to put yourself out there and connect with the… Read More

Idea Number 5

So many things have to come together for a successful dissertation project. The process of many great projects involves first considering, and letting go of, the projects that aren’t quite ready or worth it. The skill of moving on, however,… Read More


Whether your end goal is academia, or not, your future work will certainly involve writing. Mastering compelling and clear writing will not only aid your success, but will be a major way that you leave your mark on the world…. Read More