GRADUATE SCHOOL

research Career LPWith ASM Microbe 2018 and the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) around the corner, we cover a session from last year on tips for improving your graduate school application. Some advice included getting research experience, doing well in your major subject courses, and scoring high on your GRE exam. Read more to learn additional tips.

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prepared LPYour first year of graduate school is a very exciting time full of new experiences and opportunities. It may seem like you will be in graduate school forever, but time will pass more quickly than you think. It's important to start thinking beyond graduate school about your career, even in the early stages. We share tips on how to prepare for your career early in graduate school.

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advice Career LPResearch suggests that one of the best ways to find out how you’d experience something is to see how others experienced it. So that’s why in this article, we asked postdocs and senior graduate students, “If you could go back in time and do one thing differently in graduate school, what would it be?” Some mentioned researching mentors before doing rotations, and others talked about taking care of themselves. Hear what others said.

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Two Scientists Career LPIf you are considering a postdoc after graduate school, then read about the do’s and don’ts of picking a postdoctoral mentor and lab.

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lab microscope landing pageMedical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) who work in a clinical laboratory have many transferable research skills that make them attractive to science graduate school programs. The key is marketing these talents in your essays and interviews and to the admissions committee. We highlight some uniquely MLS skills sure to dazzle any graduate admissions committee.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:58

Tips for Mentoring During Your Research Training

Mentoring Research Career LPAre you a graduate student who will be mentoring an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate fellow, or master’s student? As a mentor, you will influence the future scientific trajectory of your mentee while gaining necessary management and communication skills to use in several future professional contexts. We share tips for mentoring in the lab while a trainee. 

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Billiards Career LPYou just don’t learn technical skills doing research in a lab, you develop and demonstrate skills that you can transfer to a variety of professional contexts. These skills are called transferable skills. Explore four transferable skills that you gain while doing research.

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:37

Increase Your Science Literacy with 5 Online Tools

computer surfing CPModern technology and social media are not only there to tell you what your cousin had for lunch; they can increase your scientific knowledge. Here are 5 online tools that can help you stay up-to date and broaden/deepen your scientific background.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:16

Acing the Graduate School Interview

Acing the Graduate School Interview CLPWhen graduate programs invite you to campus for an interview, they are testing their hypothesis that you are a stellar candidate based on a positive review of your application.You will meet with faculty to discuss your scientific aptitude. Preparing for these meetings include developing an elevator pitch and discussing other people’s research. Check out the blog to learn how to do prepare for graduate school interviews.    

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:42

The Art of Acing the Qualifying Exam

exam with attribution PlanningMost graduate programs have some form of a qualifying exam (QE) or preliminary exam. Generally it consists of writing a proposal and defending it in front of a committee of faculty members. Many students dread it for months, but it’s an opportunity to learn through reading literature and asking for feedback from your peers. Learn how to pass the exam and fully enjoy the experience.

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