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Graduate Student Resources

Whether you are getting ready to defend your thesis or just joined a lab, here are some helpful resources for your graduate career! 

Writing tips

The 10 simple rules for structuring your papers;

http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005619 

Transition your workflow of writing a paper to plain text; 

https://kieranhealy.org/files/papers/plain-person-text.pdf

Writing your abstract, according to Nature;

http://s3-service-broker-live-19ea8b98-4d41-4cb4-be4c-d68f4963b7dd.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/ckeditor/attachments/7808/2c_Summary_para.pdf

Whether writing your 1st or 10th paper, these tips are helpful to all writers;

 http://trophiccascades.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/trophic/files/Lafferty_WritingScientificPaper.pdf 

Tips from MIT on writing everything from CVs to discussion sections;

http://mitcommlab.mit.edu/be/use-the-commkit/ 

 

Data analytics

Graduate Student Resources RTI

 click here to download R, or here to download R Studio 

A guide for using R in Data Science - add statistics to your research;

http://r4ds.had.co.nz/

How to visualize data in R plain text;

http://socviz.co/gettingstarted.html#work-in-plain-text-using-rmarkdown 

Keeping your codes in order using Git and GitHub;

http://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004668 

See these other software programs for integrating your writing process: 

MiKTeX - open source plain text editor with a variety of add-ons

Pandoc - universal document converter (eg: PDF to Word Doc) 

Git - open source version control system, easily manage drafts and edits

 

What to do with my Ph.D?

Graduate Student Resources RTI

The Professor Is In - advice for moving your Ph.D to a job;

https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Essential-Guide-Turning-Ph-D/dp/0553419420

A highly recommended book for starting your academic career; 

https://www.amazon.com/Advice-Faculty-Members-Robert-Boice/dp/0205281591 

What to do with your Ph.D;

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/68/2/53/4797391

Valuable life advice from a former biologist; 

https://www.ted.com/talks/jason_shen_looking_for_a_job_highlight_your_ability_not_your_experience#t-87400

Science Magazine offers a great tool for planning your path after defending;

http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/

 

Job Searching

Getting ready to defend? Take a look at these helpful links for postdoc and industry opportunities;   

 http://pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_Portal.aspx  https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/

Nervous about that upcoming interview? Here are some helpful tips for making it count;

 https://www.insidehighered.com/careers-topics/interviews

 Job titles can be confusing, this article aims to clear the air;

https://elifesciences.org/articles/32437

Starting a new lab? Have you been a PI for years? Whichever your career experience, Nature has recommended some useful insights for effective lab management;

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05146-5

 

 

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