This is old, but I missed it at the time (embarrassingly, since it’s from my own student!) Here, in visual form, is the funny but sad truth on what evolutionary biologists actually do (as compared to what their moms, or their friends, or the media think they do). Anyone want to make the equivalent chart for ecologists?
Here’s the ESA Student Section’s list of questions that prospective grad students and postdocs should ask of their prospective supervisors (and of their prospective supervisors’ lab members). Very useful. In my experience, many prospective students don’t ask these questions.
Here’s how to learn from other academics’ CVs. And while you can also learn a lot from people’s shadow CVs, I’m the only person I know who’s posted their shadow CV, so you’ll have a much bigger dataset if you look at people’s CVs.
Probably I’m the last person in the world to discover this, but just in case I’m not: there’s now a StackExchange advice site for “academia”. It’s like other popular StackExchange sites like Cross Validated (for statistics): ask a question, and wait for answers from other knowledgeable people. It’s strength is that there’s a large user base, so you’re pretty likely to get a useful answer. On the academia site, people have been asking questions about everything from whether to keep an “open” lab notebook, to how much time they should spend on reviewing, to the pros and cons of going back to grad school many years after completing an undergraduate degree.
Just for fun: Normal Deviate suggests new names for common statistical methods. The best ones are for bootstrapping (let’s call it “shotgunning”!) and a regression technique called the lasso (“the taser”!)
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