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Experimenting with New Careers while in Grad School

Posted by Guest Blogger on Feb 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Thie post was contributed by guest blogger Melanie Fox, founder and executive director of Central Indiana Science Outreach and a Postdoc at Indiana University School of Medicine.

It’s not always easy to figure out what you want to do after graduate school, at least not while you’re still in the thick of it. About three or four years into my PhD in Molecular Biology, I realized I wanted a career in science outreach: engaging the public to promote an awareness and understanding of science. Like most science PhD programs, mine was geared toward careers in academia or industry. Luckily, I discovered that there are many ways to get a taste of a variety of careers while still working towards your degree. For me, experimenting with the career and networking opportunities available to me as a graduate student culminated in my founding a nonprofit called Central Indiana Science Outreach, or CINSO. We organize fun science events for adults and professional development opportunities for researchers interested in connecting with the public. My experiences in grad school, though often called “nontraditional,” helped prepare me to start CINSO. Here, I share some of the tips I learned along the way and hope they’ll help you make the most of the opportunities you’re provided throughout your PhD program.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness

How to Lead a Great Meeting

Posted by Carissa Fish on Feb 9, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Meetings often get a bad rap as annoying interruptions to our “real” work. However, a well-run meeting can have quite the opposite effect. A great meeting should produce collaboration - a sense of dialogue and community among participants, clarification - new and useful information, and invigoration - a renewed energy for continuing the project after leaving the meeting. Follow the tips below to learn how you can run a top-notch meeting.

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Topics: Career, Inside Addgene, Career Readiness

Michael Koeris' Journey from Grad Student to Entrepreneur: The Story of Sample 6

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 21, 2016 11:52:39 AM

In the third installment in our podcast series, we chat with new Addgene Board Member, Michael Koeris. Dr. Koeris did his graduate work in Professor Jim Collins' lab (then at Boston University, now at MIT) where he worked on understanding bacterial antibiotic resistance. During this time, Dr. Koeris and Professor Timothy Lu (a graduate student in the Collins' lab at the time) got the idea to engineer bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) for use as antibiotics. To develop this idea, Drs. Koeris and Lu founded the biotech startup company, Novophage. As you'll hear Dr. Koeris explain however, the time was not right for the development of phage-based therapeutics. After a brief stint at the venture capital firm, Flagship Ventures, Koeris helped change Novophage's focus. The company went from developing therapeutics to developing phage-based tools for detecting pathogens in food products. Along the way, the company changed its name from Novophage to Sample 6.

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Topics: Career, Interview, Career Readiness, Podcast

Finding Your Perfect Job After University

Posted by Emma Markham on Jan 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM



Being a scientist in my late 20’s, new graduates often ask me for advice on careers available to new science graduates and the pro’s and con’s of working in different sectors. Luckily, I have worked for a variety of different organisations, so I tend to provide them with an overview of my experience and how I felt about the different positions to enable them to decide for themselves.  Here is my experience looking for the perfect job.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness

Networking and Inspiring Young Scientists at Freshers Fairs

Posted by Emma Markham on Nov 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Have you ever heard of a Freshers Fair? If you’re from outside of Europe, the answer is probably no, but these fun and informative events are one of the main ways budding young scholars across Europe get introduced to the cultures and opportunities available to them at university.

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Topics: Career, Fun, Networking

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