For Students

Surviving Graduate School:

When in doubt, a sense of humor always helps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl4L4M8m4d0A lecture from the University of Georgia on “Work-Life Balance: Keys to Successfully Managing Graduate School”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkmbF5o4r0IA good starting place for resources at the University of Wisconsin is the Graduate School’s website.

Communicating your research:

Technical writing:

Analyzing Data:

Presenting Data:

Publishing your research:

The Review Process

The peer review process can be intimidating to new research scientists because there are no detailed how-to guides for every discipline. However, there are online resources that can provide an adequate introduction. Sometimes the best way to understand the process is to learn how to review a manuscript yourself. What are reviewers looking for? What are the differences between a good and bad review? Here are two reading recommendations:

Career Advice and Tools:

What careers are available? If you are wondering where science training has taken people, see this article.

Do you see yourself working outside of academia? Check out this article.

Naturejobs.com offers a free Career Toolkit. The toolkit is a page with a list of articles on a variety of topics including: CVs and resumes, interview skills, networking, presentations, mentoring, and salaries. For more career-related advice and information, Naturejobs has an even broader selection of podcasts– a great addition to your morning commute.

This NatureJobs blog post discusses how to tactfully answer several dreaded interview questions.

Communicating your skills to a non-academic audience is a pdf copy of a presentation by the Office of Professional Development and Engagement in the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2012.

Wondering how to get the most out of a career/job fair? Check out these two articles from Nature. Part I and Part II

Job Listings in Weed and Crop Sciences

Updated June 12, 2015