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Becoming a Successful Principal Investigator

It is not enough to have a good idea. Your good idea must also be well positioned, or review panels for grant agencies are unlikely to approve it.  Grant writing is the end of a process, not the beginning. Long … Continue reading

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Are Women Better PIs?

Last summer, the New York Times ran an article entitled "No Doubts: Women Are Better Managers," which unleashed a firestorm of comments (over 300), many of which railed against the inherent sexism of that proposition and others that suggested that … Continue reading

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Help to the Finish Line: Ways to Reduce the Number of Ph.D. Dropouts

Doctoral students in the United States are finishing their degrees faster than at any point since at least 1983. But that's not actually saying much. Their average time-to-degree is still a formidable 7.7 years—and that, of course, is for the … Continue reading

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Bias Called Persistent Hurdle for Women in Sciences

A report on the underrepresentation of women in science and math by the American Association of University Women found that although women have made gains, stereotypes and cultural biases still impede their success. The report, “Why So Few?,” supported by … Continue reading

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Impostor Syndrome – Part 2

Women in US astronomy graduate programs are considerably more likely than men to fear being exposed for a lack of astronomy knowledge or ability, according to the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in College Park, Maryland, and the American Astronomical … Continue reading

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Still Earning Less

Consider a few facts: Women are now half of all workers on U.S. payrolls; there is no longer a clear timeline for marriage and childbirth; and a record 40 percent of children born in 2007 had unmarried mothers. Those figures … Continue reading

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Impostor Syndrome

"Impostor syndrome" is the name given to the feelings that Abigail and many other young scientists describe: Their accomplishments are just luck or deceit, and they're in over their heads. The key to getting past it, experts say, is making … Continue reading

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Active Teaching Techniques

Robert J. Feller and Christine R. Lotter discuss several “tried and true” classroom and laboratory teaching strategies that promote better learning, attention, engagement, and curiosity in students. The strategies are designed to promote the use of student-centered learning rather than … Continue reading

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He Said, She Said

Mentor Group 3 recently discussed an article from the Journal of Engineering Education by Joanna Wolfe and Elizabeth Powell.  The article focuses on how gender-typical speech can sour teamwork.  Click here for the full article: Download Hesaid_shesaid_article_JEE

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One-Minute Talk

"When you meet someone new in a professional context, your goal should be to communicate four things: who you are, what you do, why you're meeting them, and most of all, why they should care that they are meeting you." … Continue reading

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