Category: productivity

Planning for flexibility in a research project

The beginning of a research project is often very exciting: you have a cool research idea, and it is finally going to come to fruition, hopefully giving you some exciting answers. But a lot needs to happen between point A (coming up with a way to tackle a research question) to point B (getting the answer to that question). Some people are tempted to plan every last detail...

What to do during your PhD to be competitive

Last year, Alya and I organized an Academic Skills Workshop in our department. This idea blossomed while we were writing up a lengthy postdoctoral grant proposal. We realized that certain sections of our CVs had been neglected. While talking to several PhD candidates and postdocs from different labs, we realized that a lot of them felt they lacked this kind of mentoring from their PI, their lab, or...

Flexibility in academia

It’s a Tuesday evening, you’re sitting at your desk, and you’re finishing up some analysis. You’re debating whether to go home or not yet. Have you done enough work today? You’re not sure. How could you know? Working in academia is often prized for its flexibility. Flexible working hours are convenient because you can fit a doctor’s appointment in whenever you like. You can also go to the...