Editor's Note: This is the first article in a 3-part series on research funding.

"Training Wheels" ©2002 Shari Weschler Rubeck www.artinmind.org

Private and government funding can help trainees pursue their own dreams

When Chris Hurst moved to Boston to take a postdoctoral research training position at Boston University, he looked at it as his first real job. After four years in graduate school getting his PhD in toxicology, Hurst yearned to do his own research on the sensitivity of liver cells to a class of commonly used chemicals called peroxisome proliferators.

But as thousands of other postdocs find out shortly after starting their new job, Hurst discovered that the work of a postdoc remains far from that of an independent scientist. Rather than pursuing his own line of research at his own pace, Hurst was doing bench work for other, more senior scientists.

So when his principal investigator, David Waxman...

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