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9 Tips to Achieve Success in Academia

Posted by Margo R. Monroe on Apr 1, 2014 1:33:00 PM

This blog post is the first in a series that will feature advice for students, postdocs, and young Principal Investigators (PIs). We've interviewed Addgene depositors who are at various stages in their careers to get advice on choosing a lab, picking your research topic, starting a lab, and more. Before we start, we'd like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Tom Ellis (Imperial College London), Dr. Connie Cepko (Harvard Medical School), and Dr. George Church (Harvard Medical School) who took the time to answer our questions.

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Topics: Career, Interview, Investigator Feature, Career Readiness

Negotiating Work and Life: How to Find the Joy

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Mar 20, 2014 11:04:00 AM

This article was originally published on the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood.  

Work/life balance. Is it truly possible to bring all aspects of our lives under control? Balance is a myth and should not even be the real goal. We are all constantly negotiating our energy and attention. The goal is to maximise the time you are enjoying both work and personal life.

There are no easy answers to negotiating a demanding career in science with other interests and priorities, but many find it helpful to obtain support and ideas from those who seem to be managing. Being reminded of the seemingly simple actions we can take to help ourselves can be an appropriate first step.

Check out Joanne's Reddit AMA

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Topics: Career, Fun

Mentoring for Scientists: I Have a Mentor, What Now?

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Mar 6, 2014 2:12:00 PM

This is the fifth and final post in the Addgene Blog Mentoring for Scientists Series. The entire series and additional resources can be downloaded in E-Book format at the end of this post.

If you have been following the posts in this Mentoring for Scientists series, you have: realized the value of having a mentor, developed some strategies for finding mentors and, perhaps, asked someone to support your career development as your mentor. How do you make the most of this new relationship? Consider adding formality and active goal setting to your mentoring relationships, so that you can reap rewards in the form of reaching career development goals.

Check out Joanne's Reddit AMA

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Topics: Career, Mentoring for Scientists

Form Your Own Peer Mentoring Group: A How-To Guide for Scientists

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Feb 18, 2014 11:22:39 AM

This is the fourth post in the Addgene Blog Mentoring for Scientists Series.

I have been thinking a lot about Mentoring for over 10 years. Many successful scientists describe having a “posse” of mentors as one key to their success. But how do you find these elusive teachers, supporters and advisors? I tried to start a more formal mentoring program at my company, but there weren't enough senior people willing to step up and be matched with the many interested mentees. So I experimented with a group mentoring format where 1 mentor met with a group of mentees to get more “bang for the buck”.

Listen to our podcast interview with Harvard Medical School researcher Connie Cepko to learn about her mentoring style.

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Topics: Career, Mentoring for Scientists

5 Steps to Writing Grant Proposals for Grad Students

Posted by Margo R. Monroe on Feb 11, 2014 7:13:00 AM

Research at universities typically requires funding from a variety of government and academic institutions. New graduate students may assume that their advisor alone applies for these competitive grant applications; however, in some cases, your advisor may choose to allot some if not all grant duties to trusted students. For example, if the proposal call aligns with your work, your advisor may want to mentor you during the grant application process. When my PhD advisor first asked me to write a grant application due the following week, I felt overwhelmed. Jumbled thoughts such as “I have no idea how to write a grant!”, “I don’t have time for this if he wants data by next week!”, and “This is his job!” filled my naive mind. Moving forward from that first experience, I learned the details of grant writing, volunteered to take the lead on various applications throughout my graduate career, and helped receive funding towards my PhD project.

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Topics: Career

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