Category: Advice Column

Get your application noticed

Dear applicants for academic positions, Writing an academic application is one of the most consequential acts of your career as a scientist. Unless the hiring committee knows you, your work, or your supervisor/collaborators, a good application is the best way to be considered for a position. However, writing an application is a daunting task, which

NIH Fellowship Success Rate Analysis

NIH Fellowship Success Rates¶ As I’m entering the final years of graduate school, I’ve been applying for a few typical “pre-doc” fellowships. One of these is the NRSA, which is notorious for requiring you to wade through forests of beaurocratic documents (seriously, their “guidelines” for writing an NRSA are over 100 pages!). Doing so ends

Are Universities for Learning or Creating?

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too”. –English proverb of dubious clarity, ca. 16th century. Undergraduates are filing onto campus, which means that for high school seniors, college application season is fast approaching. The age old question starts to haunt them—how do they know which schools they should apply to? Do they even