Professional Skills in Graduate School and Beyond

All students supported by the training grant meet at 5 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of professional development topics with faculty over pizza.  Examples of recent topics and associated resources are shown below. 

Date Topic Readings and Resources
May 2021 Student feedback, suggestions, and GENETICSDEVBIO_T32 research day planning



What can you do with your science PhD? (discussion and examples with Genetics & DevBio training program alumni Yuya Kobayashi and Kyle Gurley ) 
Mar 2021

Scientific, social, and ethical aspects of human-nonhuman chimeras

(discussion with Hiromitsu Nakauchi)

Feb 2021 Rigor, bias, authorship, and funding debate following Stanford COVID seroprevalence study
Jan 2021 Ethics of vaccine challenge trials
Dec 2020 Why do some fields (and projects) make more progress than others?



How to pick a graduate advisor



Oct 2020

Being a successful graduate student in the sciences


May 2020

Jason Buenrostro:   Alumni, Harvard 

Apr. 2020

What is a robust scientific result? 



Mar. 2020

Ethics and Urgency in Emerging Epidemics

Feb. 2020

Power analysis in design and interpretation of experiments


Jan. 2020

Extreme Biology

Dec. 2019

Should we sequence everything?

"The Earth BioGenome project: sequencing life for the future of life"

Nov. 2019

On becoming a better scientist

 "Cynical and acynical advice for graduate students",  from Stearns and Huey.  

Oct. 2019

"Extreme Biology" planning

Symposium flyer, schedule, and website.

May 2019

Planning a scientific symposium

Topic and speaker discussion.

Apr. 2019

Authorship standards and case studies

"Intellectual contributions meriting authorship: Survey results from the top cited authors across all science categories"

Mar. 2019

Choosing a thesis lab

Feb. 2019

Maintaining laboratory notebooks

Dec. 2018

Ethics and human germline editing

Nov. 2018

Choosing a model organism

Oct. 2018

How to succeed in graduate school

Thompson, "On being a successful graduate student in the sciences"