I was recently given the opportunity to judge a few middle school science fairs, and I jumped at the chance. Not only because I have never been to one (as I am English I have never participated in one before, either as a contestant or a judge) so I was curious to see what it was like, but also...
“Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side!” That was the greeting I got when I was called in for the voir dire with the attorneys. They knew this from the questionnaire all jurors had to complete on arrival at the courthouse. I had jury duty last week – the infamous jury duty of New Y...
Greetings dear reader. My name is Stephanie (not my real name). I’m a 30 year old scientist in NYC. Originally I started my blog (twentysevenandaphd.wordpress.com) two months prior to my thesis defense. I was 27 at the time, hoping that I’d defend before turning 28. My defense happened that summ...
So why consulting? What is consulting? If you’ve seen the movie “Keeping the Faith,” Jenna Elfman’s character is a consultant and has a great quote: “I’m like a plumber, but I fix leaky companies.” While clients who are not in trouble also hire consultants, in a basic...
I was post-qualifying exam and officially a third-year. Allegedly the “third year” status means that you have more time to focus on your research projects and that you’re almost done teaching. It also seemed to mean that you were in this “gap” period in grad school: post-qualif...
Hello! This is my first blog post here at Bio Careers, so let’s start off with a few random factoids. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in Chemistry, where I dabbled a bit with sugar chemistry at the bench and studied aberrant glycosylation associated w...
As I write this blog entry, I reflect on all the things that have happened over the last year. I got approval to defend my thesis, then successfully defended said thesis in March. I started looking for potential postdoc positions last year, then went on interviews in April. The interviews were...
Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced...
In the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a premiere journal in my field, I read a report on publication puffery -- “Unverifiable and Erroneous Publications Reported by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Applicants” by Simmons et al.The abstract summarizes the findings:
Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry. As companies consolidate and reorganize, downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs. Some will take early retirements. Some may take a break if they get severance. But...