Tag Archives: Research

Why don’t more panels fund Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants?

What if you write a proposal and get told it does not fit in this panel or in any panel for your kind of proposal? Wouldn’t that be frustrating? It is true that just writing the proposal is a very … Continue reading

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Why does it take so long to choose a short list for an assistant professor position?

We received your application and letters of reference close to our target of 15 October. We made all the files immediately available to the faculty on the committee. We have been spending hours and hours reading the files. But why … Continue reading

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Impress us with your grit: apply for small grants when you are a student

Grit. It is what matters, along with some altruism, intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm. But grit is what it takes to get the paper out the door. It is what it takes to finish that Ph.D. It is what it takes … Continue reading

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Is it important to have a lab contract for undergraduates?

The joy of undergraduates in the lab and the pride of seeing them succeed can be greatly diminished when they do not perform as expected. You may have plates and cultures all ready only to have an unexplained absence. On … Continue reading

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Undergrads, sign up to present your research now!

The sooner you get used to presenting your work, the better. It is so important to be able to talk about your work outside your research group. Why did you do this? Why is it important? Just because your adviser … Continue reading

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Assistant Professor in Evolution at Washington University in St. Louis!

We have an open position in evolutionary biology right here at Washington University in St. Louis! I hope you’ll apply! We are very excited about this and hope to welcome an excellent new colleague soon to our wonderful university, department, … Continue reading

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Meaningful undergraduate research

Undergrads brighten up the lab with their happy enthusiasm and growing discovery of the joy of research. Our job is to guide them in   meaningful projects where they discover something new by engaging in the full process of research. I … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the literature

Perhaps there was a time when you might have known everyone working on questions related to yours. A handful of meetings might have let you know all there was to be known in your field. If you missed a meeting, … Continue reading

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Attributes that make getting tenure easy: curiosity, effectiveness, and conscientiousness.

  Curiosity may be the most important characteristic of a successful academic. It is something that motivates us a lot in our earliest days, but sadly, many get over it. Nurture your curiosity for a successful academic career in both … Continue reading

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Keep your research honest, unbiased, comprehensive, and blind

Science cannot advance on fraudulent publications, whether the problems are big or small. We all know the basics of honest research, but there are also things we need to be taught. These are based on understanding our inadvertent tendencies to … Continue reading

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