Episode 48: First Year of Postdoc with Dr. Kayla Wolf
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1M ago
How can you use the first year of your postdoctoral research position to set yourself up for long-term success? How do you decide if a postdoc is even right for you? In this episode, Sally and Kayla dive into reasons to do (or not to do) a postdoc, how to find a position, and how to get started. Kayla shares her personal experience and what she wishes all new postdocs would know ..read more
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Episode 47: Writing Your First Paper
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10M ago
If you or someone you're mentoring is new to writing peer reviewed papers, this episode is for you! Kayla and Sally break down the logistics to get you from blank page to final proofs. We discuss planning out your figures, managing your references, crafting an intro, choosing a journal, navigating coauthor drama, and more. What should you do if your PI is (really) slow to read your drafts? What actually is a good paper? (Spoiler alert: the conclusions match the data) What's the deal with review papers? Learn from our mistakes and set yourself (or your students/mentees) up for succes ..read more
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Episode 46: Who can afford to stay in science? With Dr. Erika Moore
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11M ago
After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Moore found herself burdened by substantial student debt, prompting her to address the critical issue of financial sustainability in academia. Through her own journey, she has developed an educational program aimed at empowering students with essential financial literacy skills. Dr. Moore candidly shares her personal experiences while discussing the barriers that student debt presents to budding scientists.  Moore Wealth https://www.moorewealth.org/ The Debt Trap https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35175812/ Restructuring academic traineeship ..read more
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Episode 45: NSF Graduate Fellowship 101
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11M ago
It’s all of our tips for applying to the NSF graduate research fellowship! The National Science Foundation GRFP can fund 3 years of your PhD, and there’s a hidden curriculum for crafting a winning application. Sally and Kayla share their tips for how to prep your application to frame your Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit in the best possible light ..read more
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Episode 44: Personal Statements 101
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1y ago
A well-crafted personal statement can make the difference between aspiration and reality. But what information should you include? What does "personal" really mean? In this episode Kayla and Sally dive into the hidden curriculum of personal statements to empower you when drafting your applications to graduate school, medical school, PhD programs, fellowships, and other exciting opportunities.  Writing tips book:  Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zeiger Letters of Recommendation Episode http://www.doubleshelix.com/podcast/letters-of-recommendation-skill-share ..read more
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Episode 43: Anti CV: embracing failures to drive future wins
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1y ago
You won’t get everything you apply for - and that’s ok! In this episode Kayla and Sally dive into some of their biggest fails, rejections, and misses. We go through what we learned and how you can learn from our failures. Kayla shares hard-earned lessons from her (innumerable) application journeys as well as how to create a Rejection Ritual to quickly move on to the next opportunity. If LinkedIn is our professional highlight reel, this episode is the bloopers!  ..read more
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Episode 42: Patient Stakeholders in Biomedical Research, with Kevin Fowler
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1y ago
Join Sally and Kayla as they explore the role of patient advocacy in biomedical research with Kevin Fowler, consultant and owner of "The Voice of the Patient."  Kevin shares insights on what patients want to know and how you can get involved in patient advocacy to drive meaningful change in healthcare related research.  Kevin Fowler on Twitter: @gratefull080504 Celeste Castillo Lee (with internal links to her work) https://www.rsnhope.org/loris-lines/remembering-celeste-castillo-lee ..read more
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Episode 41: Restructuring academic traineeship, with Dr. Shirley Malcom
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1y ago
Renowned public servant Dr. Shirley Malcom joins Kayla and Sally to discuss the challenges facing graduate students and postdocs during traineeship. We discuss structural barriers keeping trainees in underpaid roles and keeping out those who cannot afford to stay in such roles. Importantly, we consider how universities and funding agencies can perpetuate (or can act to stop!) toxic training environments. How can students and postdocs thrive in a system that's not designed for them? There are no easy answers, but it makes for an important, fascinating conversation! Dr Malcom is a pioneer in ad ..read more
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Episode 38: Post-PhD Paths: Technical Consulting with Dr. Jessica Vargas
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2y ago
Plenty of PhDs go into consulting after graduation, but what do consultants actually do? Dr. Jessica Vargas from Exponent joins Kayla and Sally to discuss her journey from chemistry PhD to technical consultant. We chat about her grad school exit strategy and her transition from individual contributor to manager. We also address the most pressing questions such as... how many hours do consultants really work? We are stoked to share Jess’s story with you all, and her team is hiring - search for polymer or analytical chemistry roles in Exponent’s Menlo Park location! https://www.exponent.com/care ..read more
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Episode 37: Post-PhD Paths: Applying to Academia and Industry with Dr. Serah Kang
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2y ago
Sally and Kayla welcome Dr. Serah Kang to discuss her experience applying for academic postdoc positions and industry roles. After completing her PhD, Serah spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute and now is a senior scientist at Genetech. Serah also discusses how her applications and job decisions were impacted by transhood and how employers can attract and support trans scientists. This is the first in a new series about finding your path after getting your PhD! Stay tuned!!  ..read more
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