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I Changed Research Groups and the World Didn't End - Part 2: Limbo

During my first week as a graduate student, I was inundated with resources from about a week of orientation sessions. Among the stacks of papers that I accumulated that week was a hardcopy of this mentoring guide published by Rackham. I remember thinking it looked potentially useful and briefly thumbing through it. But instead of being closely studied, the guide ended up in the middle of a stack of other papers which I had accrued at the same time, and my busy grad student life went on. As a burgeoning Ph.D. student, I had no concept of the real importance of good mentorship.

I Changed Research Groups, and the World Didn’t End - Part 1: The Divorce

If you’ve been in or around the world of academia for long enough, you’ve probably heard the analogy that joining a research group is like getting married. I’ve even heard research rotations explained as akin to dating. So, at the risk of stretching this metaphor too far, that would make leaving a research group the academic equivalent of divorce.

Meet the Bloggers: Deanna Montgomery

Hi there! My name is Deanna, and like many of you, I spend a lot of time pretending I have it all together.

I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in Medicinal Chemistry - and no, you’re not the first person to ask me what that means. My short answer is “chemistry as applied to drug discovery.” My long answer includes phrases like “organic synthesis” and “it depends who you ask.”