When I applied to the NSF Fellowship the first two times, I was just in the midst of switching fields and starting grad school. As such, I didn't have a research project, nor did I have any real knowledge of what kind of research was going on in my new field. So, when fellowship season came around and I was was asked to write a "novel" research proposal, I just about panicked. How would I ever come up with legitimate research question in a field I was unfamiliar with?
Back in my senior year of college, I took a graduate class that required me to summarize one or two research articles a week. Though I absolutely hated it at a time (mostly because I hadn't yet figured out how to read research papers yet), I found that it became an invaluable skill. What better way to make sure that you understand a research paper than condensing its many pages into a measly paragraph or two?
I have been doing a lot of reading lately. A lot of reading. I've been scouring through the literature so I can have a solid foundation before/while I write my NSF fellowship proposal for this year...the last year I can apply. However, as I've been reading, I've noticed that my methods of going through my many, many piles of papers has changed since this time last year.
Science is boring. This is probably a phrase you heard at least once in your life. Most likely, it came from the mouths of those who didn’t particularly enjoy science or didn’t do well in science-related classes. It was a comment that us scientists (or soon-to-be scientists) were always quick to defend. Maybe a little too… Continue reading Science isn’t Glamorous: A reason to unveil our struggles with science
What is an academic CV? A CV (or curriculum vitae if you want to be fancy) is essentially a resume. However, unlike a resume it's not typically a nice one page summary of your most recent skills and experiences. Rather, a curriculum vitae (meaning "course of life" in Latin) is a much more comprehensive document that gives an overview of all your academic… Continue reading Academic CVs
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how the general public sees chemists. We came up with the conclusion that most people generally default to three main assumptions: Chemist = Pharmacist Chemist = Drug Dealer (Thanks, Breaking Bad...) Chemist = Someone in a lab coat and goggles manically laughing… Continue reading The Flavors of Chemistry
So two weekends ago, I had to help a couple lab members get ready for their research field campaign. It was quite a learning experience, if I do say so myself, especially because I will have to be doing the same for my field work in a few short months. Anyway, because I found the experience… Continue reading Lessons from Packing for Field Research
"Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought."~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Hello everyone! I wanted to present to you what I hope to become the "super duper guide to all that is undergrad research"! I know that before I entered college, I had absolutely no idea that undergrad research… Continue reading Undergrad Research FAQ
Hi everyone! So as the thought of grad school gets closer, so does the realization that it might be a good idea to start thinking about what you want to focus on as a research topic. But of course, this leads to many questions such as, how do you even go about narrowing your interests? And… Continue reading Narrowing your “research focus”
Hi everyone! Not only are internships very important in terms of resume building, but it can be so much more than that! Internships are great places to network with colleagues in your chosen field and to gain a unique perspective on the inner workings of your discipline! However, as great as that may sound, I… Continue reading How to find STEM Internships!