Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs

ISBN-10: 0226060640
ISBN-13: 9780226060644
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Embarking upon research as a graduate student or postdoc can be exciting and enriching--the start of a rewarding career. But the world of scientific research is also a competitive one, with grants and good jobs increasingly hard to find. "The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science "is intended to help scientists not just cope but excel at this critical phase in their careers. Victor A. Bloomfield and Esam E. El-Fakahany, both well-known scientists with extensive experience as teachers, mentors, and administrators, have combined their knowledge to create a guidebook that addresses all of the challenges that today's scientists-in-training face. They begin by considering the early stages of a career in science: deciding whether or not to pursue a PhD, choosing advisors and mentors, and learning how to teach effectively. Bloomfield and El-Fakahany then explore the skills essential to conducting and presenting research. "The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science" offers detailed advice on how to pursue research ethically, manage time, and communicate effectively, especially at academic conferences and with students and peers. Bloomfield and El-Fakahany write in accessible, straightforward language and include a synopsis of key points at the end of each chapter, so that readers can dip into relevant sections with ease. From students prepping for the GRE to postdocs developing professional contacts to faculty advisors and managers of corporate labs, scientists at every level will find "The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science" an unparalleled resource. ""The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science" is a roadmap to the beginning stages of a scientific career. I will encourage my ownstudents to purchase it."--Dov F. Sax, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Brown University "Step-by-step, Victor Bloomfield and Esam El-Fakahany provide sound, thorough, yet succinct advice on every issue a scientist in training is likely to encounter. Young readers will welcome the authors' advice on choosing a graduate school, for example, while senior scientists will probably wish that a book like this had been around when they were starting out. With down-to-earth and occasionally humorous advice, "The Chicago Guide to your Career in Academic Biology" belongs on the bookshelf of every graduate student and advisor."--Norma Allewell, Dean, College of Chemical and Life Sciences, University of Maryland

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thinking about a Research Career
The Stages of A Research Career
Pursuing Graduate Education
Advisors and Mentors
Choosing and Conducting a Dissertation Project
Effective Teaching
Designing Your Postdoctoral Experience
Preparing for Your First Real Job
Diversity of Career Choices
Tools for Successful Job Searching
Conducting and Presenting Research
The Meaning and Responsible Conduct of Research
Keeping a Notebook
Working with Others
Creativity and Problem Solving
Staying Motivated
Managing Time
Finding and Managing Information
Communicating
Going to Scientific Meetings
Poster Presentations
Speaking
Writing
Tables and Graphics
Writing and Defending Your Dissertation
Writing a Journal Article
Writing Fellowship and Grant Proposals
Index

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