A Day in the Life of a Scientist: Neuroscience Postdoc

For those that have never been inside a research lab, the day-to-day tasks of a scientist may seem foreign. Many people’s only conception of what it is like to be a scientist comes from TV or movies, where data are generated quickly and discoveries are produced in sudden “a-ha” moments, by scientists usually portrayed as strange or extraordinarily intelligent. Although there are many advantages to a career in science, the challenges, drudgery, and detail often involved in multi-year projects is never explained. Continue reading

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Nibble on this: The Enigmatic Food Scientist

If you have ever heard of “food scientists,” you might have wondered what they do exactly.  I met my first food scientist at spa opening party.  She worked for a well-known Dallas-based sour cream company and described her project as bettering the taste of their sour cream to stay ahead of their competitors.  Simply put, to make their food tasty.

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Finding Your Post-Ph.D. Path: Science Policy Careers

Are you passionate about funding for Science? Have you even been curious about how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds grants? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might be interested in a career in Science Policy. Continue reading

Finding Your Post-Ph.D. Path: Advice from Dr. Sharon Milgram

You are cruising down the highway at a nice pace thinking “great! I’m going to be there early”, and all of the sudden you encounter the ever-so-inconvenient DETOUR sign. You anxiously wind and twist through unfamiliar roads trying to follow the signs until finally you arrive at your destination…right on time. According to Sharon Milgram, Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this is often what professionals face when exploring career options and considering a transition. Let’s break down my example a little so that you can understand my analogies better.Slide1

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Decoding research scientist careers in the U.S. Military

“Down and give me 20!”…pipetting maneuvers, perhaps. Research conducted by the United States Military ranges from detecting and dismantling weapons to understanding pathogens that could threaten our national security. Thus, scientists are key to achieving the goals of our military and protecting our nation as well. Continue reading