We do a fair number of “advice” posts, mostly aimed at grad students but sometimes aimed at postdocs and faculty. But we don’t really have any way to tell if we’re giving readers advice that they need or want (of course, there is a place for advice people didn’t know they needed until they got it…)
So in the comments, tell us: what topics would you like us to give advice on? It helps to be as specific as you can be. “How to do good science” is kind of hard to cover in one post.
Before you answer, check out the list below. It’s an compilation of all of our advice posts, sorted into categories. Quite possibly, we’ve already given the advice you want.
Developing a research project
Common, but bad, reasons for choosing a research project
Good reasons for choosing a research project (plus a few more bad ones)
Choosing a research topic of lasting value
How (not) to choose the right research approach or analytical method
Ecology-relevant advice from an economist on choosing a good research project
The perils of “established” methods
Why use Twitter
How to blog
Students (mostly) shouldn’t bother with “student friendly” conferences
Why network at conferences
How to network at conferences
Giving and listening to talks
Advice for giving a good talk
How to ask tough questions
How to answer tough questions
Common statistical mistakes
How to choose among different indices of the “same” thing
Alternative methods of model selection
Meta-analysis vs. meta-regression
Why use clickers
How to suggest referees in a cover letter to the journal editor
The wisdom of Peter Morin
Using Google Scholar to keep up with the literature
Protecting grad students, and prospective grad students, from their own optimism
Should you hire a technician or postdoc when starting a new lab?
When it’s ok to skim vs. read for detail (hint: you probably skim too much)
How to cite a blog post
UPDATE: How to write clearly
What to wear to an academic job interview
How to interview for a faculty position
Trials and tribulations of making it in academia
How Jeremy almost quit science
Postdoc stories of trying for an academic career
Overcoming imposter syndrome
Why get your bachelor’s at a liberal arts college
Winning the “snake fight” portion of your thesis defense😉
How to choose a Ph.D. program
How to win the Buell and Braun awards for best student talk and poster at the ESA meeting
Other advice compilations
Evolutionary ecologist (and collaborator with our own Meg Duffy) Spencer Hall has compiled a great list of resources for grad students. Go to his homepage and click on “Grad resources“.
A free e-book of presentation tips from Zen Faulkes (NeuroDojo)
An entire blog about how to write a thesis
Joan Strassman’s advice on writing an NSF preliminary proposal
The Contemplative Mammoth’s crowdsourced advice on writing your first grant.
A carnival of advice for academics: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your former self?