Wednesday, December 30, 2015
If you receive a job offer (or offers) congratulations! I was on cloud nine when I got the offer that I eventually accepted. After you receive an offer, there are several things that may happen. First, the school will likely invite you back for a second visit.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
After your interviews are complete, there will be another waiting period. Right after you get home from each interview, you should send follow-up thank you emails.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
A self-assessment is the first step in mapping out effective short-term goals and a clear career plan. At first, self-assessment may feel quite stressful.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Every summer, the NIH hosts about 1,100 interns with interests across the biomedical spectrum. After working full-time within labs and clinics of the Intramural Research Program, interns wrap up their summer at NIH by unrolling scientific posters for an end-of-season sharing session about their research.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Working in the lab requires a very active brain, every day. You need to be ready to face challenges, such as troubleshooting a single experiment or looking at the big picture of a collaborative project. Remembering to keep our bodies healthy helps keep our minds in a healthy state as well.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Living a double life has always been an enticing, romantic idea. Take the heroic Peter Parker, for instance: gawky, geeky scientist by day; buff superhero Spiderman by night. Though not quite as glamorous, I too know the taste of duplicity created by two lives’ worth of responsibility.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
You never know when inspiration will strike. I still remember the day that Dr. Francis Collins came to visit my high school genetics class. At that time, Dr. Collins was the director of the Human Genome Project, an international research program aimed at uncovering the genetic building blocks essential for human life. Imagine our recent excitement when Dr. Collins, now Director of the NIH, specially attended a reception for clinical fellows at the Clinical Center.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thrive. Originally from the Norse language, the word has evolved into the superlative of success. More than just doing well, it means to flourish, prosper, or bloom—words that set the bar very high in any profession, including science.
We believe that to thrive, you need to step outside what you already know and grasp what you don’t yet know—and to help you navigate that path we’ve compiled ten terrific tips for thriving as a scientist.
1. Follow your interests, but be open to new ideas.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Academic job interviews are actually pretty fun, but really tiring as most days are very long. The following is a typical schedule to expect for an interview:
Morning: Travel to interview location
Afternoon: Meetings with Faculty Members
6 – 9 p.m.: Dinner with faculty members, probably the head of the search committee
Monday, June 29, 2015
In Greek mythology, Mentor was the person whom Odysseus left in charge of his son Telemachus before leaving to fight in the Trojan War. According to Homer’s Odyssey, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, disguised herself as Mentor and visited Telemachus several times to advise him while his father was away. Today, the term “mentor” denotes someone who passes his or her knowledge and wisdom to somebody with less experience.