A hub for PhD students & Postdocs to practice and polish writing skills
GPS-STEM blog intends to offer a platform for junior researchers in STEM to practice and polish their writing skills. The contributions to this blog range from scientific to non-scientific career preparation articles. Everyone is welcome to submit!
Posted on Feb 18, 2020
The Art of Email – Keiland Cooper
Given the importance and time spent around our email inbox everso increases as we mature into our professions, it puzzles me that this important skill is on the list of daily activities that aren’t taught in an educational setting. While easily dismissed…
Posted on Jan 21, 2020
Dairy Air: Old MacDonald Has A Problem – Brenna Biggs
Join me for a drive through California’s San Joaquin Valley. Perhaps best known for agriculture, the Valley’s vast sea of tasty fruits and vegetables begins to overwhelm us as we drive down the freeway. You can even smell the garlic through the windows!….
Posted on Dec 3, 2019
Delayed onset Impostor Syndrome – Anonymous
The concept of impostor syndrome was familiar to me entering grad school. It was an affliction that other people faced, I thought. My transition from undergrad to grad school was lined with confidence and hope. Although I had completed a few years of research before entering grad school, I knew I was essentially a blank slate in scientific research…
Posted on Nov 6, 2019
How to prepare yourself for a faculty position, as a grad student / postdoc – Katherine (Katie) Thompson-Peer, PhD
My first thought on this topic is that there is no right answer. Everyone who gives you advice is just retelling their own story, where advice is based on a sample size of n=1. You can’t take anyone’s advice wholeheartedly. They are not you, after all. Take what bits resonate with you, and ignore the rest. With that in mind, this is part of my own experience of the process...
Posted on Oct 14, 2019
You are about to start your graduate program and are as upbeat as one of Shawn Mendes’ summer songs featuring that one artist. The music is refreshing, like the feeling of being a student once again. As you dive deeper into the first few weeks, the song picks up its pace and you are struggling to keep up. You are busier than ever and a little bit intimidated because of the endless experiments you have to do and papers you need to read. Yet, you continue because you actually really like this song and it’s starting to grow on you….