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118: Find a Better Mentor with GradPI
August 10, 2019

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a crystal ball that could reveal your grad-school future? You might look forward to see if that next experiment will work out, or if your research will eventually make the cover of Nature.

059: Simple Tricks for Time Management – The Focus Funnel (R)
July 22, 2019

In some jobs, one day at the office looks a lot like the next. You could look through your calendar and optimize your meeting schedule and to-do list without much thought. But working in a lab is different: your projects are in constant flux,

117: Bridging The Gap as a Medical Science Liaison
July 05, 2019

For most graduate students, the list of potential careers runs something like this: Research Faculty Teaching Faculty Industry Researcher Science Writer …. ummmm… But the truth is that there are other, less talked-about careers that can be a perfect fi...

116: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Summer Students
June 18, 2019

Ten weeks is not a long time. It feels even shorter when you’re tossed into the deep-end of a top-tier research lab. If you’re spending your summer as a Research Assistant between semesters, or you’ve graduated and want to get some summer experience be...

115: PhDown Under – 4 Ways a PhD is Better in Australia
June 03, 2019

It’s no secret that post-secondary education is a rough road to walk. Graduate students rack up debt for the privilege of working long hours for an unpredictable number of years with very little faculty support. Well,

114: Grad School Should Have a Time Limit
May 17, 2019

Here’s a controversial idea: what if graduate school finished on a predictable schedule the way (checks notes) every other academic training program does! Since kindergarten, your education has had fixed milestones.

113: All Work and Some Play – Isaac Childres on Following Your Passion After a PhD
May 01, 2019

Sometimes, a graduate school education follows the strait and narrow path through dissertation, postdoc, and faculty position. And sometimes, it sprouts wings and takes you somewhere else entirely. That was the experience for Isaac Childress.

112: Listener Mailbag – Leaving Home, Avoiding the GRE, Finding Collaborators, et al!
April 16, 2019

It’s that time again… Let’s open the mailbag and see what you, our listeners and friends, have sent in! You asked for it… We start out with a couple of questions from David, who is considering going back to grad school for computational biology after a...

111: Empowering the Impossible with Citizen Science
April 01, 2019

It looks like a cross between an anteater and a hedgehog, but don’t let that description fool you into believing it’s easy to spot an echidna in the wild. These denizens of the Down Under know how to hide. “They’re really understudied in Australia beca...

033: It’s Tax Season – Here’s What You Need to Know (R)
March 13, 2019

You might believe that because you’re in grad school and receiving a research stipend, you don’t really need to worry about paying an income tax.  You don’t have a ‘real job’ and no one asked you to fill out any paperwork so you’re off the hook,