What is a postdoc and how do I get one?
Science

What is a postdoc and how do I get one?

Wikipedia defines a Postdoctoral Researcher (postdoc for short) “a person professionally conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies… The ultimate goal of a postdoctoral research position is to pursue additional research, training, or teaching in order to have better skills to pursue a career in academia, research, or other fields.” I feel like … Continue reading

How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science
How do we science? / Science and Communication

How to Apply to Grad School in Marine Science

Graduating from college can be a daunting adventure.  Your friends may be getting jobs, joining the Peace Corps, or living with their parents.  But maybe you’ve decided to go to grad school!  Hopefully you have some clear motivations and experience for doing so.  Now, how do you start?  Luckily, your friends at UNdertheC have all … Continue reading

The Superficial Guide to Your First Conference
Conference Rundowns / Science and Communication

The Superficial Guide to Your First Conference

Before attending your first scientific conference, you’ll get a lot of feedback.  Most of that commentary is about science, fittingly enough.  “Be prepared to see at least 17 big wigs in your audience,” your advisor warns.  “That graph is kinda nonsense,” your grad student practice audience frowns.  “Will green and blue make it tough for … Continue reading

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough
Energy, News, and Climate / Science and Communication

9 ways the “women to STEM pipeline” isn’t enough

Funneling women into STEM majors seems easy enough. Add enough women in the mix, and (like trickle-down economics) those women will get tenure track positions, they’ll encourage the next generation and so on. In a perfect world, if a girl were interested in science, she would study science, and then she would get a job … Continue reading

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?
Policy / Science and Communication

Changing perspectives in peer review: can double-blind peer review remove biases against women, minorities, and young scientists?

As a grad student I often find myself in conversations with colleagues concerning job prospects, diversity, biases in science, and the difficulties of publishing. I’m lucky to be in a very diverse marine science department full of students from all types of backgrounds. We have more female grad students than male grad students around here, … Continue reading