Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University, New York, Martin Chalfie shares some very valuable tips with graduate students applying for postdocs. This article was first published in SDB e-news, an electronic newsletter from the Society for Developmental Biology. Link
"What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows." wrote Paulo Coelho in The Witch of Portobello.
Shubha Tole shares this sentiment as she reflects on her experiences as a mentor to three Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellows.
Going through scientific training and then getting a job is a lot like this train ride. It takes a while to complete, is sometimes bumpy, and often unpredictable. But it is interesting and interactive, especially if you are open to such possibilities.
A couple of weeks back it was my first one year in Kolkata and India after pretty long overstay in the USA. Amidst all fear, speculations, we took a rather bold decision to come back to India. My position was not permanent; it still isn't, but that rarely affects my work or my daily functioning. We left our comfortable jobs, beautiful home, green-card to work for our country. Now after … More
A fortunate student who had been offered admission to 3 excellent graduate programs wrote to me to ask how to choose among them. My answer may help others in this situation:If you are choosing between reputed programs in excellent Institutions, then this is one decision in which it doesn’t help to make a list of pros and cons. Students often ask me if there is an “exit option” for getting … More