For Students

Surviving Graduate School:

When in doubt, a sense of humor always helps. lecture from the University of Georgia on “Work-Life Balance: Keys to Successfully Managing Graduate School” 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. 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