Pointers for those curious about careers in industry


This is the first in a three-part series of interviews with Kenneth I. Maynard of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc. about what it takes to launch a career in industry.

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Dress to impress


Here are some helpful pointers for scientists about how to dress for different professional occasions.
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Networking 101


Networking can be difficult. This video for scientists covers pointers for elevator pitches, introductions and netiquette.

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Tips for your first undergraduate research experience


Shane Falcinelli, a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, offers his advice for the incoming cohort of undergrad researchers.

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Advice for new graduates


Mariana Figuera–Losada and Jen McGlaughon asked a number of members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, winners of the ASBMB’s recent awards and others to provide some advice for those graduate students who will be closing one chapter and entering a new and exciting phase of life this year.

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So you want to be a graduate student?


David D. Iaea and Natalya Gertsik offer words of wisdom for the incoming cohort of grad students.

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You went to your first meeting, but now what?


ASBMB Today contributor Vivian Tang offers advice on how to capitalize on the connections you made at the ASBMB annual meeting in Boston.

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How to write a teaching statement


Writing a teaching statement doesn't necessarily come naturally, so Joseph Provost offers his tips for first-time (and veteran) teachers.

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Active learning in a lecture hall


ASBMB Today contributor Elizabeth Sandquist attended an ASBMB workshop on active-learning strategies. Read her tips for implementing those strategies in your classroom.

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The many hats of an academic researcher


In his advice column this month, Andrew D. Hollenbach of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center writes about the many roles faculty members must assume — without having been trained for pretty much any of them.

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Looking beyond the lab


Excerpt: "Earlier this year, when I was looking for my next professional position, I had the chance to view a webinar (now a members-only privilege) presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science titled “Thinking outside the lab: finding a fulfilling nonresearch career.” A panel of speakers with mixed experiences that led them to positions outside of the lab relayed their personal journeys and the necessary skills they developed along their paths. The webinar was full of gems that are crucial when navigating the career world away from the bench. Here, I recap some of the major points."

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Moving into administration: Is it really that difficult?


This is the second article in an occasional series about transitioning from the faculty ranks into university administration. In February, Benjamin D. Caldwell, dean of the Missouri Western State University Graduate School, wrote about the routes to administration positions, how the transition affects relationships and duties, and other considerations. Here, Caldwell and Mary Huff, assistant dean of Bellarmine University’s College of Arts and Sciences in Kentucky, explore shared experiences as administrators at regional institutions.

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Location, location, location!


Young scientists repeatedly hear that they will not have the freedom to be selective about where they live when they are searching for faculty positions. Unfortunately, this is true in most cases, especially now, with only about 20 percent of Ph.D.s obtaining academic, tenure-track positions. But this is also great motivation to put a lot of thought into where you will live during graduate school and during your postdoctoral years.

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Quick guide to career fairs


ASBMB Today contributor and career coach Donna Kridelbaugh writes about how to navigate in-person and virtual job fairs.

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Grant-writing advice


Andrew D. Hollenbach, author of “A Practical Guide to Writing a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Grant,” offers applicants a few tips in our pages.

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The skills you need for a career in science policy


ASBMB Science Policy Analyst Chris Pickett reflects on the varying paths from the bench to policy careers and offers advice to those just starting out.

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Moving into administration: Should you stay or should you go?


Benjamin D. Caldwell, dean of the Missouri Western State University Graduate School, writes about what it’s like to go over to “the dark side.”

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Is your digital footprint hampering your job search?


A digital footprint is the data trail left by daily interactions in a digital environment: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and countless others. With so many social-networking sites at our fingertips, it is easy to forget who can view our posts and how long those posts can last.

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Getting the most out of your student-adviser relationship


Excerpt: "When I first started my Ph.D., I found myself unprepared for meetings, unsure of what to talk about, and I was nervous that I wasn’t going to answer all his questions correctly. For some reason, I was worried that I would fail some imaginary test and be a huge disappointment. Our meetings were sporadic and usually occurred only when I was really struggling with an experiment. ... Here are some rules of thumb for getting the most out of your relationship with your adviser."

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Advice for new grads entering the job market


Nestor Concha from GlaxoSmithKline advises the Class of 2012 to have a plan, let it evolve, assess experiences and motivations, develop a top-notch résumé and strong interviewing skills, and embrace change.

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How to help students learn — and thrill your department chair


Choosing a career in academics? While most scientists are reasonably well-prepared to embark upon research careers, many have far less experience in teaching. The pleasure of observing students learn is as rewarding as research, although it might seem the results are less tangible. But with a tiny bit of effort, you can demonstrate evidence!

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15 tips for effective interviewing


Peter J. Kennelly, chairman of the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee, provides tips for knocking that job interview out of the park.

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Not for the faint hearted — but if you feel the calling...


In this month's mentoring column, Jim Keen offers some advice for those just embarking upon a life of academic research.

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Things to look for in a thesis adviser


On the scale of human interactions, the relationship between a graduate student and his or her thesis adviser (a.k.a. major professor) lies somewhere between that of roommates locked into a long-term lease and a marriage. Finding a good match among the faculty typically is the single most important determinant of the quality of a graduate-school experience.

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Protecting biomedical inventions through patents


Many biomedical innovations have the potential for commercialization. As there is usually a lag between initial conception of ideas and commercialization of a developed product, it is important to develop a strategy at an early stage for protecting inventions. One way is to obtain a patent.

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Great graduate school applications: what program directors really look for


ASBMB Today contributor Kevin McPherson asked graduate-program directors: How the heck do I write a CV? What are the important pieces that make up the application of a worthy Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. candidate at a top-notch research university? How is each of those pieces weighed?

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Science gets the interview, but you get the job


Melissa Starovasnik of the Genentech research organization gives advice to those seeking industry work. One tip: "Many candidates have mistakenly confessed during interviews for research positions that they are 'more interested in the business side or management.' If that is true of you, then you should not be pursuing research positions. We indeed conduct rigorous experimental science in industry!"

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Navigating the NIH grant-application process


If your career goal is to perform biomedical research, then you should read this article. Here, Sonia C. Flores provides step-by-step instructions and tips for navigating the grant application and review process at the National Institutes of Health.

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Stranger in a strange land


Peter J. Kennelly, chairman of the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee, has his own advice for those who advise undergraduates.

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Advice for new assistant professors


Peter Kennelly writes that he has observed many newly minted faculty over the years and offers some sage advice to make their transition less painful. Here then, is a list of twelve suggestions that young assistant professors wisely should consider for the achievement of tenure and success in their careers.

 

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Tips for writing your first scientific literature review article


Emily Crawford, a graduate student at the University of California at San Francisco, blazes the review writing trail for novices. Not able to find an instructive article to guide her, she lays out her experiences here for us, so that you might avoid pitfalls and save time when you’re called upon to write your first review article.

 

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Demystifying maternity planning for postdocs


The National Postdoctoral Association offers a number of tips for those who are pregnant and those who are thinking about getting pregnant during a postdoctoral appointment.

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Peering below the surface


Some tips for reading letters of reference.    

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Nine quick fixes for scientific talks


Some tips on how to design and deliver an engaging and concise research talk.

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How to write top-flight manuscript titles


General advice and specific pointers for authors submitting manuscripts to journals. 

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Beyond the bench: social media in science


Social media is more than just reconnecting with old friends on Facebook.

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Go ahead, brag a little


Learn how to work with your institution’s communicators and with reporters to tell the world about your research.

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Fellowships 101: policy opportunities for scientists


For those of you who crave a career outside of the lab, you are in luck – there are loads of fellowship opportunities for scientists who want to work in the policy realm. 

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