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(Re)Defining Moment: Should You View Graduate School as a Race, Marathon, or Something Completely Different?

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(Re)Defining Moment: Should You View Graduate School as a Race, Marathon, or Something Completely Different?

Have you ever wondered whether the assumption that earning a Ph.D. is like running a marathon could be stopping you in your tracks? A runner examines the analogy, with surprising results.

Meet Four Ph.D. Students Who Passed Their Candidacy Exams in Quarantine

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Meet Four Ph.D. Students Who Passed Their Candidacy Exams in Quarantine

The candidacy exam experience in quarantine was close to normal, but the pandemic also made it unique. Read about four Ph.D. students who passed.

Grad Students Weigh In on Returning to Lab After Quarantine

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Grad Students Weigh In on Returning to Lab After Quarantine

See what chemistry graduate students from four universities think are the keys to a safe return to the lab and research during a pandemic.

My Experience as a T.A.: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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My Experience as a T.A.: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Get first-hand scenarios and tips on how to not only survive in the role as a TA, but also grow from the experience.

Thank You for Being a Horrible TA: Pointers from an Undergraduate Chemistry Major

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Thank You for Being a Horrible TA: Pointers from an Undergraduate Chemistry Major

Learn about several types of bad TA's and advice on how not to fall into these categories.

Sexual Harassment: What Would You Do?

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Sexual Harassment: What Would You Do?

Dive into a delicate, yet relevant topic, sexual harassment, in which a lot of female students encounter. Learn resources for you or anyone who needs help.

How to Break Down Cultural and Language Barriers in the Lab (adapted from C&EN)

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How to Break Down Cultural and Language Barriers in the Lab (adapted from C&EN)

Although research groups today are more diverse, cultural separation still exists especially with language.

Hindsight is 2020: What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Ph.D.

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Hindsight is 2020: What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Ph.D.

A Ph.D. chemist reflects on her time in graduate school. She uses her personal experiences to give advice to current and future graduate students.

When You Need a Mentor

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When You Need a Mentor

Who is a mentor? What do they do? Learn about how to find a mentor, and what to expect from a mentor-mentee relationship.

Confronting Sexual Harassment in Chemistry

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Confronting Sexual Harassment in Chemistry

Sexual harassment can take a toll on a person’s physical health and even derail a chemist’s career. There are many different justifiable reasons why students are hesitant to report these issues and how often they are placed in these situations.

The Chemistry of Culture: Studying in a Foreign Country

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The Chemistry of Culture: Studying in a Foreign Country

Chemistry is universal around the globe but you may not be prepared for how different the culture surrounding chemistry could be. Read about some of the challenges you may encounter while studying in a foreign country and how you can overcome them.