The Three Love Languages of Scientific Journals: A Brief Reminder

Published on Apr 27, 2017 by Aminat Musah

It is the dream of every researcher to publish in a journal with a high to decent impact score, for your research to be deemed of high quality, and for the number of citations of your paper to skyrocket. For most PhD students, not only do we begin this journey with the delusion…I mean…aspiration of … Continue reading The Three Love Languages of Scientific Journals: A Brief Reminder


The Mirzayan experience! My time as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Published on Apr 25, 2017 by Eileen Oni

Hey All! For the past three short months, I have been learning the world of science policy in Washington as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Technology. The Mirzayan fellowship is geared towards introducing late stage and recent graduate students, from around the country and … Continue reading The Mirzayan experience! My time as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine


NEH Next Generation Grants: Revolutionizing the American PhD

Published on Apr 20, 2017 by Tomas

By: Tomas Kasza You have probably read this next bit of information before. Graduate student scientists are trained for an academic career while the number of academic positions are shrinking. An increasing number of PhD graduates are choosing to pursue careers that require a PhD but, paradoxically, lack the skill set to complete those jobs. … Continue reading NEH Next Generation Grants: Revolutionizing the American PhD


Straight to graduate school?

Published on Apr 18, 2017 by Monal Mehta

Hi everyone! My name is Monal Mehta. I am a second-year graduate student in the Neuroscience department, working under Dr. James Millonig. Outside of the one year I spent in Pennsylvania, I’ve been living in New Jersey for the past 24 years! My initial interest in the brain started when I was young. I was … Continue reading Straight to graduate school?


Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Political Scientist (Literally)

Published on Apr 13, 2017 by Fatu Badiane

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to shadow Assemblyman (Asm.) Andrew Zwicker of the 16th legislative district of New Jersey. Asm. Zwicker isn’t your average politician. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University and is now head of Science Education at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. In … Continue reading Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Political Scientist (Literally)


Not Another Networking Post

Published on Apr 11, 2017 by Samantha Yost

I got my job in industry through networking, and I’m not ashamed to admit that (or at least, I’m trying not to be). Throughout this blog, we’ve talked about networking extensively: reviews of networking events, our personal experiences with networking, tips on how to improve your network, but I think we’ve missed addressing a critical … Continue reading Not Another Networking Post


Defining Biomedical Engineering: A Personal Journey through Undergraduate and Graduate Training

Published on Apr 6, 2017 by Paulina Krzyszczyk

As I think back to when I was applying to colleges (nearly 10 years ago…wow!) and began to think seriously about my career plans, I remember scrolling through web pages that described all of the different majors a student could enroll in. After scanning through several of these “major search engines”, Biomedical Engineering (BME) stuck … Continue reading Defining Biomedical Engineering: A Personal Journey through Undergraduate and Graduate Training


Bench Skills to the Rescue: How Skills Learned on the Bench Aid in Non-academic Career Paths, An Article Review

Published on Apr 4, 2017 by Urmimala Basu

We have all been told at one point or another that the skills we develop in graduate school can be translated into industry value if we communicate them properly. However, I have always wondered about the credibility of this statement. How can technical lab skills be helpful in non-academic career tracks? My curiosity on the … Continue reading Bench Skills to the Rescue: How Skills Learned on the Bench Aid in Non-academic Career Paths, An Article Review


Meet the Blogger: Aminat Musah

Published on Mar 28, 2017 by Aminat Musah

My name is Aminat Musah, I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University. I work in the lab of Dr. Teresa Wood, where my research focuses on defining the effect of mTOR signaling in oligodendrocyte development. Specifically, my interest lies in the mechanisms underlying mTOR regulation of … Continue reading Meet the Blogger: Aminat Musah


Dear Reviewer: Do you understand me now?

Published on Mar 23, 2017 by Tatiana Popovitchenko

I am going to go bold here and state for the record that writing a grant is the single most important undertaking you should devote yourself to during graduate study. Sure, developing and evaluating a testable hypothesis is what consumes most of your waking (and sometimes sleeping- gosh darn it!) hours. And even if you … Continue reading Dear Reviewer: Do you understand me now?