Category Archives: career advancement

Are you stunting your productivity by constantly checking your email?

By Dr. Toyin Alli This semester, I’ve been focusing a lot about productivity and how to be your most productive self when you sit down to get stuff done. And I believe a big part of being your most productive … Continue reading

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Preparing for the job market

For this blog post I interviewed Cory Colbert and Alexander Barrios, two recent PhD graduates, on the lessons learned during their job search last academic year. Alexander started at Carleton College in the fall as a postdoctoral scholar, and Cory … Continue reading

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How to Manage your Time and be Productive in Grad School

by Dr. Toyin Alli Do you ever feel like you’re working all the time but never get anything done?  Or do you find yourself working on one task all day and neglecting your other responsibilities?  Or maybe you have so much … Continue reading

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Requesting Letters of Recommendation

By Dr. Jennifer Austin What to do well before requesting letters of recommendation Change can be challenging for anyone and the transition in moving beyond an undergraduate career can be arduous for many. You can make this time easier by … Continue reading

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How to maximize career advancement of postdocs

This post is intended to be the beginning of a discussion of best practices for postdocs in order to place themselves in a good position for the next step in an academic career. I encourage mentors  and junior investigators who … Continue reading

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The importance of leadership skills

Leadership training in academia and in particular in mathematics is something we don’t tend to discuss or think about that much until we are about to take on a leadership academic position and wished we could have had some formal … Continue reading

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Job Seekers: how do you prepare and conduct a Skype job interview

This post was written by two postdoctoral researchers in biomathematics, Amy Buchmann (abuchman@tulane.edu) and Alex Hoover (ahoover2@tulane.edu), who are currently on the job market. This is a reflection of their Skype interview experiences so far. Q: How is a Skype … Continue reading

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Guide to Lit Searching for the Disinclined

By Chad Topaz, Williams College and May Mei, Denison University Summer is upon us, which means it’s time for sunglasses, sandcastles, and student research. Every summer, we find ourselves explaining to students how to do a literature review. Prompted by … Continue reading

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Are you thriving or surviving?

We are lucky to have another guest post from the amazing mathematician and educator Candice Price, who recently moved to Southern California! ***** Maybe I am just too demanding? Maybe I am just like my advisor, too busy? Recently, this … Continue reading

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