Interview with Dr. J.D. Thomas

Published on Jun 27, 2017 by Urmimala Basu

Urmimala talks with Dr. J.D. Thomas, Rutgers’ Assistant Dean for Project Management, Communications, and Special Projects about the development of his career in higher education administration. Let’s begin with your early career: where did you go to school for your undergraduate studies and what was your field? I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from … Continue reading Interview with Dr. J.D. Thomas


“Staff Scientist”: A viable academic research career option or just another name for a post doc?

Published on Jun 20, 2017 by Myka Ababon

The traditional organizational structure of an academic research institution, such as at Rutgers, is a collection of laboratories which may or may not have overlapping research goals, and independently run by Principal Investigators (PI). Steven Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, argued for restructuring … Continue reading “Staff Scientist”: A viable academic research career option or just another name for a post doc?


Staying Close to Science in Public and Private Sectors

Published on Jun 13, 2017 by Jennifer Casiano

By Jennifer Casiano On May 11, 2017 I had the opportunity to assist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Career Symposium. I spent the day among wonderful scientists that shared their experiences in different scientific career pathways such as academia, industry, government and other non-traditional paths. This blog post is one of several in … Continue reading Staying Close to Science in Public and Private Sectors


Get involved! The next generation needs you

Published on Jun 6, 2017 by Maryam Alapa

iJOBS hosted a career panel, on May 22, 2017, in hopes of enlightening students about career opportunities in education and science outreach. The panelists included: Lucille O’Reilly Ph.D. (Science Teacher), Tiffany King, Ph.D. (BioBus), Patricia Irizarry, Ph.D. (The Rutgers Science Explorer Bus), Paul Winslow Ph.D. (Students 2 Science) and Kara Mann, MS. (Liberty Science Center). … Continue reading Get involved! The next generation needs you


Ph.D. Pet Peeves: A Place to Vent

Published on May 25, 2017 by Paulina Krzyszczyk

  For this post, I decided to do something different. Instead of doing the usual post about a serious topic, I wanted to lighten the mood. As graduate students and post docs, we all work long, hard hours. Our personalities tend to skew towards introversion, yet we must often work with, or at least near … Continue reading Ph.D. Pet Peeves: A Place to Vent


MythBusters: The Thesis Committee

Published on May 23, 2017 by Myka Ababon

To continue (somewhat) a thought I touched upon on my previous blog post on the juggling act that is grad school, I wanted to highlight something that most grad students find annoying at best and terrifying at worst: the thesis committee, and the annual thesis committee meeting. For first year PhD students who have yet … Continue reading MythBusters: The Thesis Committee


Pointers for Those Curious About Careers in Industry

Published on May 18, 2017 by Monal Mehta

  In my experience, one of the more common responses after asking current graduate students what they plan on doing after graduation, is “find a job in industry.” While the transition from academia to industry can be challenging, a recent article by Angela Hopp and Rajendrani Mukhopadyay aims to outline some pointers for those that … Continue reading Pointers for Those Curious About Careers in Industry


Wanna GLP with me?

Published on May 16, 2017 by Tatiana Popovitchenko

This piece was written after attending an iJOBS workshop entitled: An Introduction to Good Laboratory Practices presented by Melissa Elliott from Envigo on May 8th, 2017 in Piscataway, NJ. Good laboratory practices (GLPs) are a series of regulations which standardize the quality of research used in clinical trials, or food development. Before human consumption, or … Continue reading Wanna GLP with me?


The Art of Communicating Science to Non-Scientific Groups

Published on May 11, 2017 by Jennifer Casiano

by Jennifer Casiano In 2007, Larry Page, co-founder of Google stated, “Science has a serious marketing problem.” Ten years later, we are still struggling. We just haven’t learned how to effectively communicate science. We publish our results and present at symposiums, sure, but what about the non-scientific community? What are we doing to communicate the … Continue reading The Art of Communicating Science to Non-Scientific Groups


SciPhD: Recognizing the Industry Skills that the PhD is Nurturing

Published on May 9, 2017 by Paulina Krzyszczyk

  This past February, nearly fifty graduate students and post-docs braved the winter weather and attended a four day long workshop called SciPhD to learn how to frame skills gained in academia to be marketable towards careers in industry. The initial start date was set back a day due to Winter Storm Niko, but this did not deter … Continue reading SciPhD: Recognizing the Industry Skills that the PhD is Nurturing