Lessons learned: Senior scientists share their mistakes


Even the most successful and respected scientists can recall instances when they learned lessons the hard way. We asked a handful of senior scientists to share such stories and the knowledge they gained.

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Getting over the Ph.D. hump


Half of all doctoral students quit. We asked scientists to write about what got them over the “I’m dropping out” hump and what steadied them on their paths to Ph.D.s. 

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How to pick a postdoc


We asked a diverse group of current and former postdocs to weigh in on finding the right placement and spoke with a principal investigator to get a supervisor’s perspective on this all-important search. 

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How to find the right graduate program for you


David Katzmann, the graduate program director for biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Clinic, offers advice for students considering going to grad school.

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Tips for students and mentors from co-creator of myIDP


Philip Clifford of the University of Illinois at Chicago writes about myIDP, a tool intended to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows "take charge of their careers by mapping out short and long-term goals."

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Career insights: teaching science in a creative way


Danielle Snowflack is the director of education at Edvotek, a biotechnology education company. She designs scientific kits, protocols and programs and organizes trade shows to help teachers communicate science. Read ASBMB Today science-writing intern Soma Chowdhury's interview with Snowflack.

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Is a master’s degree right for you?


Most science majors are encouraged to matriculate into Ph.D. programs after graduation. But there are other options. Weiyi Zhao looks at the pros and cons of master's degrees.

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Recap of ASBMB's grant-writing, mentoring workshop


The third annual ASBMB Grant Writing and Mentoring Workshop hosted experienced mentors and program directors from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to teach assistant professors and postdoctoral scientists best practices for writing grant proposals and to offer practical advice about navigating academia.

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Undergrad in the Lab


Microbiologist Paris Grey is co-creator of "Undergrad in the Lab," a blog that focuses on helping undergraduates get the best out of their research experiences with advice on everything from posters to writing cover letters. Here are some of our favorite tips from the blog's Twitter account, @youinthelab.

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