Academic journal article The Science Teacher

How to Succeed as a Scientist

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

How to Succeed as a Scientist

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How to Succeed as a Scientist By Barbara J. Gabrys and Jane A. Langdale. $37. 211 pp. Cambridge University Press. New York. 2012. ISBN: 9780521186834.

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High school or college students planning to pursue any number of careers--teacher, accountant, doctor, attorney, and many others--will find generally predictable and consistent paths laid out for them. A young person seeking to become a scientist will find a less defined course of action. This book addresses that uncertainty.

The authors show how science careers are likely to unfold in today's environment. Given the shrinking pool of government support for research and tightening higher education budgets, aspiring scientists should pay attention. The authors, both on the science faculty at Oxford University, acknowledge that their experience with science has been in Britain but suggest their advice applies elsewhere as well.

Tips offered range from the most mundane (a checklist of technical prerequisites for setting up a laptop for a presentation) to suggestions for presenting one's work and career goals clearly. …

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