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Applying graduate school as an International student!

Today, I will like to share my experience about applying to United States for Higher studies, MS and PhD. I hope this might me be helpful to a lot of readers.I started the arduous process of applying to the graduate schools in the US back in 2004. The following are the steps I took (some of which, I wish I had strictly followed):

Lauren Celano


“How” to find a Mentor(s)

A mentor is someone who shares both wisdom and knowledge. Most often a person that is more senior in a role or specific area of expertise. A mentor can be extremely valuable for advice, insight, and professional and personal development. The importance of having a good mentor cannot be overstated; but when and how do you find one (or a few)? I am often asked these questions by people at all stages of professional development, and the simple answer to “when” is now and “how” a bit more involved. Below are a few tips on “how” to find a mentor.


Cell Biologist at Heart

Hello Bio Careers community! I am excited to have joined the rest of the bloggers in this little endeavor.Just to give a little perspective, I am a cell biologist at heart, and my training has been focused in the biomedical sciences. I am one of those crazy people who believe that academic science is, and should always be, fun. I also think that it should serve a greater good by providing new ways to tackle devastating diseases.


Taking Things Personally

Today I am going to broach a subject which is really quite tricky, and as scientists I am not sure that we are really trained or prepared to do it.  My subject today is that we should not take things personally.  I know that we have all defended hypotheses in either public or private settings; but how many of us defend our idea due to its merits and not because it is our idea?  I am sure most of us say that it is always due to the merits, but is it?


Starting out in science policy – a fellowship is not the only way!

With many graduate students and postdocs looking for career opportunities outside the laboratory, science policy is becoming an increasingly popular field. I won’t go in to the basic details of what the field entails and the different types of organizations and jobs involved (there are plenty of posts here and elsewhere that cover this), but I wanted to address a common question from those considering seeking a career in the field: how do I even get in to science policy?


New Study Highlights the Utility of Being a Multi-skilled Employee

Data from a study released recently by Northeastern University aligns with common trends emerging about the perception of the role and responsibility of higher education and its primary clients i.e., students, in regard to preparing future employees. Among other important conclusions, the results highlight:


Fake it Until You Make It!

I would like to share with you some key advice which really helped me before.  The first time I heard this phrase, or at least actually took note of it, was a few hours before I gave a presentation.  I was (as those of you who follow my blog will be familiar with) a little nervous, to say the least.

Thomas Patrick

Why overly specific CVs are also bad

My regular readers know how much I preach against generic CV’s,the kind with a vague, cliché ridden objective statement, followed by the laundry list of STUFF designed to appeal to as many hiring authorities as possible. Today, I want to discuss the generic CV’s evil twin, the “Dense, overly specific to your last position CV” loaded with abbreviations, technical terms, and nomenclature.


Increasing your Professional Perception

Ever since I moved away from the bench, I have been reading new books to provide me with tips and tools for my new “Administrator” role.  I have also met with a professionalism coach.  Occasionally, the tips I have heard or seen don’t appear to be pertinent to me.  However, after taking special attention of my speech, I realized they were very important.  I want to share two of these tips with you now as they could enhance how your colleagues view your competence and could help you get promotions in the future.

Lauren Celano


“How to develop opening lines” Networking Advice

For many, starting a conversation with someone new at a networking event causes much anxiety. People worry about what to say, how the person will respond, and/or what to do if the person is not interested in talking. Below are a few suggestions to remove the anxiety and enable seamless conversations. Utilize Name Tags