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If you don’t lecture, what do you do in class on the first day?

In a couple of hours my students will be forming their indelible first impressions of me and my wonderful teaching assistants. Studies show that their opinion after the first 10 minutes correla tes highly with their opinion at the end … Continue reading

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Who are the gatekeepers?

There are gatekeepers to every step in an academic career. It is wise to think about who they are and what they are looking for as you progress. Gatekeepers restrict your choices on which lab group to join, where to … Continue reading

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Ignite your audience with lightning or Pecha Kucha form talks

Long before Powerpoint existed I once was a teaching assistant for an introductory biology class in the intensive summer session at the University of Texas at Austin. One of my main tasks was to sit in the back of the … Continue reading

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Give a state of the lab address!

What did you do last year? What are you going to do this year? Where does your work fit in with the rest of the lab group? A great way to find out without missing anything is to give a … Continue reading

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How to write your NSF Project Outcome for the public

As you reach the end of your NSF funding, you will find there is a new reporting requirement that began in January 2010. This one is easy to satisfy quickly, but be careful, for it is deceptively important. Furthermore, no … Continue reading

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How can I write an excellent Broader Impacts section?

This post is for the busy researcher who wants to do well with the Broader Impacts section of their preproposal and proposal, but needs some more concrete ideas for what would shine. In the new version of the NSF Grant … Continue reading

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What have you discovered? I need to know to write this letter!

Why is it so hard to find out what a scientist has discovered from a letter of recommendation for her, from her web page, from nearly anywhere? If I am going to nominate you for something, if I am going … Continue reading

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