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Scientists have much better pickup lines

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

by Zack Weiner

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Career Option Seminar schedule

September 14, 2011 4 comments

As promised before, we bring to you the tentative schedule for the Career Option Seminar series.

Fall quarter
11 Oct 2011* – David Posner, UC Davis graduate, human resources Cisco
08 Nov 2011 – Paul Henderson, National lab + start-up company
13 Dec 2011 – Eric Jonas, CEO of Novia Systems start-up, PhD student at MIT

Winter quarter
10 Jan 2012 – Sharon Bergquist, Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellows, policy and global affairs
14 Feb 2012 – Jane de Lartigue, freelance science writer
13 Mar 2012** – Dave Crotty, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, executive editor CSHL Protocol

Spring quarter
10 Apr 2012 – Mel Bradnam, grant office at UC Davis Cancer Center
08 May 2012 – Megan Hall, associate editor PLoS Biology
12 Jun 2012*** – Jacqueline Alldritt, high-school teacher

All talks will be at 10h30 in LSA1022.

* tentative

** will be on a Friday at 2pm in LSA1022

*** will be on a Tuesday, but at 4pm in LSA1022

Every week we will also post a list of talk for that week, so please come back and check the latest listing and potential chances.

PS. This is the 100th blog posting. Thank you everyone for sticking around.

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HHMI International Student Research Fellowships

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships

Campus Call for Nominations

Campus Deadline:  November 15, 2011, URL:

Sponsor:  HHMI

 The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) invites nominees for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMIInternational Student Research Fellowshipprogram which supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States. Eligible biomedical-related fields include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research. Students must apply in their 2nd or 3rd year of their graduate program and in be in their 3rd or 4th year of study to activate the fellowship (up to three-years will be awarded). Fellows receive an annual $30,000 stipend, $ 3000 allowance for books, expenses, etc. plus a $10,000 cost of educational (COE) allowance to be used toward fees. *Note: The Office of Graduate Studies will supply supplemental fee support (if needed) for the award period.  This opportunity is a limited submission and campus nominees will be selected by an Ad-hoc Committee appointed by the OGS. Only students nominated by UC Davis, Office of Graduate Studies will be considered.

 Student Eligibility

Must be international students (cannot be a U.S. citizen, noncitizen nationals, or permanent resident of the U.S.).

  • Must be currently enrolled in their 2nd or 3rd year of a Ph.D. program in a biomedical/related program.
  • Must have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research.
  • Must have demonstrated exceptional talent for research.


Application Procedure.  Please submit the following nomination items BY NOVEMBER 15, 2011 as one PDF file by email to Deborah McCook, Office of Graduate

·         Office of Graduate Studies External Fellowship Application Data Form, located at

  • ·         UC Davis HHMI Pre-Application Data Form (attached)
  • ·         Description of thesis project and significance to research field (limited to 1 page on Word Attachment)
  • ·         Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • ·         Letter of Recommendation (1) from advisor.

Selection of HHMI nominees will be confirmed by OGS by 12/2/11. If selected, the students pre-application eligibility information will be submitted  to HHMI. HHMI will contact individuals directly with final application instructions and requirements (due Feb 16, 2012). HHMI fellows will be chosen based on their promise as a scientific investigator, the level of demonstrated innovation and creativity, training environment, and applicants previous research/other accomplishments as well as letters of recommendations. Graduate transcripts will be required. Final requirements can also be viewed at


 Deborah McCook, External Fellowship Advisor,  Office of Graduate Studies, 250 Mrak Hall, UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616

Email:  ~  Ph. No. (530)752-0653  ~ FAX No.: (530)752-6222

Funding opportunities, search engines and application processing information may be found at the Graduate Studies Website:

Note: Applicant is responsible for compliance with agency requirements in application submissions.

How to fail in grad school

September 14, 2011 2 comments

An great article on BitesizeBio send to us by Kasia Kościelska on how to go to grad school and leave without a degree.

In short:

1) Don’t use the resources available (google? pubmed?)

2) Rely on your professor to motivate you (it is all about passing exams)

3) Don’t set goals or timelines (nor stick to them)

4) Don’t read any papers (neglect your intellectual growth)

5) Enjoy some nice tunnel vision (forget the bigger picture of your work)

This might be especially interesting to the incoming students (and those who are stuck in dissertation research). To help the incoming students, this Friday (2011-09-16) at 4PM in LSA1022 there will be a information session where they can ask olders years for advise in advance.

Incoming student panel

When:  Friday, September 16th
Time:  4:00pm
Place:  1022 Life Science

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