Recently, Tomer Stern and Itamar Harel posted on the Node about Graduate Peer Group, a discussion group where graduate students could interact with each other and address the challenges that arise specifically during graduate school. Many of these challenges go beyond research at the bench: how to communicate your research, how to manage relationships in the lab, how to establish collaborations, how to write manuscripts, etc.
Indeed, as a scientist advances in their career, they must become more than just researchers: they must also be writers, reviewers, mentors, managers and communicators. So, this month’s question is:
Which “away from the bench” skills are required to be a successful academic? How and when should those skills be developed?
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