Excell_as_a_grad_student_v2.pdf - How to Succeed as a Graduate Student and Launch Your Career The suggestions below are derived from the author’s(Don

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1 How to Succeed as a Graduate Student and Launch Your Career The suggestions below are derived from the author’s (Don Siegel) 10+ years mentoring graduate students/postdocs, and from ~10 years being mentored as a PhD student/postdoc. Some suggestions are specific to computational research, some are general. Stay up-to-date with new developments in your research field. Identify the most important papers related to your research project. These could be older papers, recent papers that present a breakthrough, or review articles. Read these papers. Next, set-up a citation alert using Google Scholar or Web of Knowledge so that you receive emails notifying you of new papers that cite these important articles. Scan the abstracts of these articles, and read the full paper when warranted. Become scientifically literate. In addition to becoming an expert in your research field (“be deep”), it is helpful have rudimentary knowledge of related research fields (“be broad”). Being able to converse about other fields is a big plus. This is important when interviewing, where one will almost certainly interact with people with different research interests. A good way to achieve this is to attend your department’s weekly seminar series. Skimming Science and Nature magazines on a weekly basis is also recommended. Take classes that are relevant to your research. For example, if you’re working on batteries, take classes on electrochemistry, solid state physics, advanced thermodynamics, and kinetics. Your advisor can offer suggestions. Interact with experimentalists. If you project has a collaboration with a local experimentalist, find a graduate student or postdoc in that group, and meet with them regularly to discuss science. Ask to visit them in the lab; shadow them for a period of time to see how they conduct their experiments.
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