Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship

Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.

Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.

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Updated Dec 21
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Viviane Callier | Nov 24, 2020
A study makes policy recommendations to optimize citations, but critics say it fails to acknowledge that citations are a biased and narrow measure of scientific success.
Opinion: Postdocs as Competent Peer Reviewers
Opinion: Postdocs as Competent Peer Reviewers
Gary McDowell and Rebeccah S. Lijek | Jan 22, 2020
Constructively critiquing the scientific literature should be an essential part of the postdoctoral experience, and early career researchers have shown that they are up to the task.
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2019
Half of early-career researchers say they’d participated in the peer review process with their mentors without getting credit.
Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Esther Landhuis | Jun 1, 2019
Diversity programs are shifting their focus from just providing academic support to creating a learning environment that is more inclusive of people of different backgrounds.
Review Preview
Review Preview
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2018
Hear this month’s Scientist to Watch, Prachee Avasthi, describe the preprint journal review club she started at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Marianne the Mentor
Marianne the Mentor
The Scientist Staff | Dec 10, 2018
Meet Caltech cell and molecular biologist Marianne Bronner, this month’s profilee, and hear her take on encouraging the next generation of researchers.
Prachee Avasthi Explores How Cells Build and Maintain Cilia
Prachee Avasthi Explores How Cells Build and Maintain Cilia
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2018
The University of Kansas professor is also known for her leadership among early-career researchers.
How to Make Scientists into Better Peer Reviewers
How to Make Scientists into Better Peer Reviewers
Abby Olena | Feb 1, 2018
From efforts to increase the transparency of the review process to initiatives offering training, there are many attempts underway to make better reviewers out of researchers.
Renowned Cancer Theorist Dies
Renowned Cancer Theorist Dies
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 12, 2016
Alfred Knudson, who formulated the “two-hit” theory on the origins of cancer, has passed away at age 93.
Handicapable
Handicapable
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2015
Meet Tilak Ratnanather, the deaf biomedical engineer who mentors hard-of-hearing students headed for STEM careers.
Opinion: “Staying Active” after Retirement: Consider Mentorship
Opinion: “Staying Active” after Retirement: Consider Mentorship
Barbara Gastel | Aug 11, 2015
Scientists at or near retirement can be ideal advisers for their junior colleagues. 
Opinion: Hone Your Craft, Sell Your Skills
Opinion: Hone Your Craft, Sell Your Skills
Viviane Callier and Nathan L. Vanderford | May 12, 2014
In an ever-changing job market, PhD scientists should be careful not to confuse their passion with their research foci, and to avoid academic tunnel vision.
The Organist
The Organist
Megan Scudellari | May 1, 2013
When molecular biology methods failed her, Sangeeta Bhatia turned to engineering and microfabrication to build a liver from scratch.
The Best of Both Worlds
Hannah Waters | Apr 1, 2012
Choosing to work in industry does not preclude a return to academe. But the move back takes some planning and finesse.
Microscopy Boot Camp
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Apr 1, 2012
A researcher in Florida changes lives by showing struggling 20-somethings the ins and outs of life in the lab.
Foresight
Karen Hopkin | Jul 1, 2011
Studying the earliest events in visual development, Carla Shatz has learned the importance of looking at one’s data with open eyes—and an open mind.