Patricia Gosling and Bart Noordam are the authors of Mastering Your Ph.D.: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond (Springer, 2006). Gosling is a senior medical writer at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics in Germany and freelance science writer. Noordam is a professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and director development and engineering at ASML. He has also worked for McKinsey and Co.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Is Industry Right for You?
5 September 2008
Research in industry differs from academic research in several important ways.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Defending Your Thesis With Flair
25 July 2008
The key to doing well in your thesis defense is extensive preparation.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Better Communication With Your Supervisor
27 June 2008
If you aren't having regular, structured conversations with your Ph.D. adviser, poor communication is probably holding you back.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: A Career in Management Consulting
23 May 2008
Problem-solving and communication skills are important for those who aspire to careers advising the captains of industry.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Exploring Nonprofit Organizations
2 May 2008
The values and culture of the nonprofit setting make it an exciting and rewarding career choice for some scientists.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Goodbye to All That
28 March 2008
Leaving the lab may not be easy, but when you've decided to say goodbye to the bench, you can take comfort in knowing that opportunities await.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Preparing for Your Post-Ph.D. Career
22 February 2008
Here's how to approach the challenge of finding a job that suits you, inside or outside academia.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Dealing With Difficult Colleagues
25 January 2008
Some troublesome types who frequent laboratories require special handling.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Writing Your Doctoral Thesis With Style
21 December 2007
Careful planning and outlining can make writing your thesis less daunting.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Countdown to Your Thesis Defence
23 November 2007
To start writing your thesis, assess what you've done, plan the last experiments, and set aside time to write.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Starting Off on the Right Foot
26 October 2007
For scientists in grad school, getting into good habits early is key to starting a new term off right.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Getting the Most Out of Progress Reviews
28 September 2007
Here are some tips and tricks for coming away from a progress review with the answers you need and a realistic action plan.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Mentors, Leadership, and Community
31 August 2007
Finding a mentor is an important step in your scientific career, but what qualities do you look for and whom should you ask?
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Relating to Your Co-Workers' Personality Types
20 July 2007
Acknowledging that other people think and operate differently than you do--and learning how to relate to them effectively--will make your lab life more productive.
Mastering Your PhD: Strength in Numbers
29 June 2007
Take advantage of the experience and creativity of others by asking them to try on the "six thinking hats," an experiment in parallel thinking.
Mastering Your PhD: Celebrate Your Success
25 May 2007
Unlike sports, science doesn't have a tradition of celebrating success. But the occasional party can provide a needed breather, some time for reflection, and a morale boost for the lab.
Mastering Your PhD: Science Papers that Shine
13 April 2007
Part of being a good scientist is being able to write up your results in clear and simple terms.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Making the Most of a Conference
23 March 2007
Here's how to make the most of your first scientific sojourn.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Dealing With Setbacks
16 February 2007
Stuff happens in science, sometimes it's bad stuff, and you can't just reset and start over. Here's how to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and move on.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Group Dynamics
19 January 2007
From start-up group to empire, your Ph.D. experience will depend in part on what type of research group you end up in.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Setting Goals for Success
15 December 2006
Committing concrete goals to paper will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed by the tasks ahead and frustrated by your lack of progress.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Running in Place
10 November 2006
You're running as fast as you can. Why aren't you getting anywhere? Our newest columnists provide some traction.
Mastering Your Ph.D.: Giving a Great Presentation
20 October 2006
Speaking in front of a group of people, our newest columnists write, doesn't have to be an unnerving experience.