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?


Meet the Blogger: Tomas Kasza

Published on Mar 21, 2017 by Rutgers iJOBS

How’s it going? My name Tomas Kasza, I’m a 3rd year PhD student in the Neuroscience program at Rutgers University. Although I am studying here in New Jersey , I am originally from California. In 2012, I received my degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Santa Cruz. My passion for research was sparked … Continue reading Meet the Blogger: Tomas Kasza


Postdoc Required?

Published on Mar 9, 2017 by Myka Ababon

Over the course of attending numerous iJOBS career panels and workshops on different job opportunities for PhD graduates, the one question invariably asked is: “Is a postdoc required for this position?”. Surprisingly, while there are several employers that have no problems answering this question, there are a few who seem to have a hard time … Continue reading Postdoc Required?


Perspectives in Science Policy Informational Interviewing

Published on Mar 6, 2017 by Eileen Oni

Lots of things have changed since the last time I posted. I am currently in Washington DC at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) for the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellowship. I will have a follow-up post on this, but for now, this post will focus on my journey into … Continue reading Perspectives in Science Policy Informational Interviewing


“Moonlighting: Dip your toes,” an Article Review

Published on Mar 2, 2017 by Zakiya Qualls

By: Zakiya Qualls With the fear of an academic career that leads to the dreaded “perpetual post-doc syndrome,” increased competition in finding funding sources, and the loom of low pay with long hours, we have all asked the same questions: Should I stay in academia when I graduate?  Where do I start first? Can I … Continue reading “Moonlighting: Dip your toes,” an Article Review


Networking Etiquette: Tips to Successfully Build a Network

Published on Feb 28, 2017 by Jennifer Casiano

By: Jennifer Casiano As a graduate student or a post-doc, we often focus on spending as much time as we can in the laboratory; running experiments, finishing some preliminary data, writing a paper, and so on. All of us know that this can take most of our day. However, one of the best ways to … Continue reading Networking Etiquette: Tips to Successfully Build a Network


Article review: Finding your advisor’s support in non-academic career choices

Published on Feb 23, 2017 by Urmimala Basu

Withering academic prospects and burgeoning alternative career paths are challenging the age-old notion of academia being the only tenable career path for biomedical scientists. However, students and post-docs find it increasingly uncomfortable to broach the topic of alternative career options with their advisors. In a recent Science article, author Elizabeth Pain talked to Dr. Lynn Kamerlin, … Continue reading Article review: Finding your advisor’s support in non-academic career choices


Juggling Act: Balancing Experiments, Thesis Writing, and Job Applications

Published on Feb 21, 2017 by Myka Ababon

Almost a year ago, I had one of my annual thesis committee meetings, and my adviser and committee gave their blessings and said the much-coveted magic words: “I think you’re ready to graduate”. After briefly enjoying the moment, my adviser and I got down to business: (1) working out a timeline to finish the remaining … Continue reading Juggling Act: Balancing Experiments, Thesis Writing, and Job Applications


Adventures of a Scientist in the Statehouse

Published on Feb 16, 2017 by Fatu Badiane

By: Fatu Badiane Markey Last month, I started an internship at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ in the Office of Legislative Services (OLS). The OLS is a nonpartisan supportive office for legislators that provides many services such as general research and analysis, bill drafting, and legal opinions. I’ve been to the state capitol before and … Continue reading Adventures of a Scientist in the Statehouse


The Advice I Should Have Taken

Published on Feb 14, 2017 by Samantha Yost

I officially became Dr. Samantha Yost in May of last year.  It was a bittersweet time as I was excited to be finishing but was struggling with imposter syndrome right up until the end.  Successfully defending your dissertation and graduating is supposed to make you feel accomplished, isn’t it?  As glad as I was to be … Continue reading The Advice I Should Have Taken