Career Paths



How to write a great recommendation letter – for yourself

The first thing I learned in graduate school had nothing to do with PCR or cell culture. Walking the halls of the lonely ivy-covered ivory tower, I learned that you are your own absolute best (and sometimes, only) advocate. Nobody, not even your kindly mentor/advisor, will look out for you the same ...



News, news and more news…staying on top of current events is part of an equity analyst’s job.

Part of an analyst’s job (a pretty big part, by the way) is staying on top of current developments and how these may affect a sector’s or, more specifically, company’s performance. The internet has provided investors many sources for news, opinions and commentary, though some are more reliable...



Publication planning....say what?

In academia and medical research, the majority of my writing involved research grants and publication manuscripts. Success in one drove success in the other, a relationship that some of us saw as a “vicious cycle” and others as an “upward spiral.” More planning efforts went toward the resear...



Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…in industry

This is a special week for me. In a couple of days, I will celebrate 20 years in this country and take my citizenship oath. Yep, I will become a US Citizen and promise to defend the Constitution. I will attain the last piece of the American Dream and what a dream it has been! I came to this count...



Adventures in Science – Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone

I’d have to say that my favorite kind of science is the interdisciplinary kind. Projects are often collaborative, bringing together folks from different fields. One of my research projects is just that – a combination of cell biology, material science, and high-energy physics. Conveniently, my p...


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High School and the Gender Gap (or How I Almost Gave Up on Science)

Sometimes we know what we want to do in a general way, but have trouble imagining the specifics. I knew I was interested in science and wanted to ‘do science’, but was unsure what that looked like.



Your Mission Statement

Companies develop mission statements to clearly state the goals and intentions of the organization. An individual can greatly benefit from a professional mission statement by defining particular career aspirations. Many people may simply transfer from one position to another as opportunities arise...



The interview: hold 'em or fold 'em?

Well, it is a gamble, sort of, isn't it? You've read their ad or posting, or listened to the head hunter and said “yes, I can do that,” or “I'd like that.” They've read your reply to their ad or posting, or listened to the head hunter and said, “maybe he can do this,” or “maybe he's th...


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Basements, Books, and Bacteriologists

I was fortunate that I was not prodded, pushed, or propelled into science, but was allowed to discover it on my own. I uncovered it in bits and pieces, strewn about our house, like buried treasure. First, I found the books.I grew up in a small bungalow, in a blue collar neighborhood, the you...



That Science CV into a Resume for the Real World!

This week I have officially started working on my law school application packages. The first roadblock comes from the most unlikely of sources --- my chock–full-o’-science CV.