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ss2player last won the day on January 13 2015

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  1. This is tough, since most of the West Coast schools are rather elite, especially in our field. Would you consider Denver? They have some cool research going on, both at Anshultz and in Boulder. Also University of New Mexico just got new directors for their Cancer Center, who were formerly at my institution, they have done great work.
  2. AHHHHHHHH IT BEGINSSSSSSS! Also chiming in to say I'll poke in here pretty regularly to offer any insight I can. PMs are more than welcome, it's great chatting with passionate new students. About me: Going into my second year, studying how epigenetic disruption can improve current cancer therapeutics, including immunotherapy. I'm what you would call a "non-traditional" student in that I worked for 4 years post-undergrad and come from a low SES background. I applied twice to grad school and got in my second try. You can look in my past posts for my stats and schools I appli
  3. Thanks for the thoughts, y'all! I chatted with some classmates and my PI, and I'll be taking the course. I figure if I don't like it, I can drop it and take one of the courses in the spring. As was pointed out, it should help with my thesis even if it's not publishable, and I like the idea of also doing a lay version in case I want to go into science writing as a career. My thesis work is in a rather esoteric type of brain tumor that isn't well studied, so a review might already be needed! I should note I very much intend to publish original articles (hell, I need at least one 1st author
  4. Hey y'all, My school requires us to take a scientific writing course in order to graduate, which I'm fine and dandy with, the issue is which one I should choose. My specific program is new and doesn't have its own course yet, so I was planning on taking one in a more established program. Talking with the course director today, he has changed the course format and we are now required to write a review article with the goal of publication. Now, I don't plan to stay in academia, so will a published review really benefit me all that much? Is the effort I would put forth worth the return?
  5. Steven Universe all the way. I know it's aimed at teenagers/college kids, but it's so rare to see any show (animated or otherwise) with such genuine emotion and well-developed female/POC characters. Plus the music is ridiculously boss.
  6. Why do people at the gym insist on making borderline-sex noises while they work out? Both men and women. I don't need that in the morning.
  7. Good point, ERR. They might be unfocused and have poor technical skills, though the chances of a lab having two such students seems low. If it *is* their advisor never being satisfied and keeping them there forever, you don't join that lab. Period. No F31 potential? Departmental money? How does PI #2 feel? You'll have to be very careful about this process. I'd write up some kind of agreement and have them both read and sign it. Not a legally binding document, of course, but it gives you something to reference. Otherwise you are at their mercy. I trust what I see, not "promises". Y
  8. I always say go for the mentorship over the research, which sounds like Lab 1 in this case. I'd talk to PI #1, get them to spell out the funding situation, it may not be as dire as you are led to believe. Plus, you can always apply for fellowships and help the PI with grants. As for co-mentorship, that can be very messy and I'd avoid it unless the PIs involved are super close and already collaborate. If they don't do that now, it's not likely they'll do it for you; grad students just aren't that important. P.S. - If you hear the words "8th-year student" in a STEM lab, and it's MORE THAN ON
  9. Thanks for the explanation, still pretty awesome! It also seems like your program has a faster timeline than mine, as I only just finished my last rotation 2 weeks ago. But now that I'm in my thesis lab, I can actually get this thing going. I hope I get as lucky as you!
  10. Wowza, that's really impressive! Can computational labs really pump out data that fast (i.e. ~6 months) for a poster/talk/full publication? I chose the wrong field!
  11. Ha, I have to agree with you. I live in Houston, a 33K stipend is hella generous! I get 29K from my school which is ~2150 a month after taxes. I pay $875 for my 1BDRM and bike to campus or live close enough to take the shuttle system. I can afford a car payment and fund a savings account and after that a Roth IRA. Am I taking exotic vacations and eating at lavish restaurants? Of course not, but I am more than comfortable and have enough fun money every month to do some things and visit home every 6 months or so. When I applied, I had a spreadsheet where I assigned scaled numbers to stipend
  12. Same, I plan to look into tech transfer, patent law, or science writing internships as well as traditional "industry" ones. I mentioned this to my PI (as I was requesting to join her lab) and she'd be fine with it, even encourages it! Likely won't be til after my quals next year though, I want to get those and classwork out of the way so I'll have enough time. Luckily I don't have to TA in my program.
  13. Do you really need to tell them at all? Unless you want to work with them in the future, I don't think it's necessary. *Footnote: I go to a school with >500 faculty, so if your department is small, I can see this may be different. Thank you email?
  14. Accidental downvote click! I actually really agree with this, as I've naively been very open about my ideas in the past and the other folks benefited HARD. Nowadays, when trying to collaborate, I'm very vague about my ideas until it comes time for the nitty-gritty. Then I draft a formal proposal and have them look it over and we all sign it. Obviously it's not a legally binding document, and if something is very promising I'd suggest trying to get a patent first!
  15. I keep a set (8-9)AM - (5-6)PM schedule, but since my SO often works weekends, I will go in during those times if I have nothing else planned, just for a few hours to prep for the next week or do a small experiment. As was said, you will likely have a flexible schedule, but if you prefer a 9-5 and can be productive, go for it! Your advisor may have different expectations, however. During one of my lab rotations the PI said her expectation was 8 hour days, 6 days a week AT THE MINIMUM. Most of the lab worked harder than that, pushing 70 hour weeks, because of intimidation, not desire. Need
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