Becoming a Scientist

Giddings, Morgan C. “On the Process of Becoming a Great Scientist.” PLOS Computational Biology 4, no. 2 (2008): e33.

Erren, Thomas C., et al. “Ten Simple Rules for Doing Your Best Research, According to Hamming.” PLOS Computational Biology 3, no. 10 (2007): e213.

Writing a Fellowship Proposal

Guidelines & Advice on Applying to Graduate Fellowships (PDF)
(Courtesy of Diana Chien and John Casey, Biological Engineering Communication Lab. Used with permission.)

Choosing a Research Problem

Alon, Uri. “How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem.”Molecular Cell 35, no. 6 (2009): 726–8

Writing a Paper

Whitesides, George M. “Whitesides’ Group: Writing a Paper.” Advanced Materials 16, no. 15 (2004): 1375–7.

Doerr, Allison. “How to Write a Cover Letter.” Nature Methods (2013).

Reading Effectively

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.How to Navigate a Scientific Paper with Time Constraints: A Graphic Approach (PDF)


Drubin, David G. “Any Jackass can Trash a Manuscript, but it Takes Good Scholarship to Create One (How MBoC Promotes Civil and Constructive Peer Review).” Molecular Biology of the Cell 22, no. 5 (2011): 525–7.

Making Figures

Wong, Bang. “Points of View: Gestalt Principles (Part 1).” Nature Methods 7, no. 11 (2010): 863.

———. “Points of View: Gestalt Principles (Part 2).”Nature Methods 7, no. 12 (2010): 941.

Giving a Talk

McConnell, Susan. “Designing Effective Scientific Presentations.”

———. “The Importance of Giving a Good Talk.”

Scientific Ethics

Glass, Bentley. “The Ethical Basis of Science.” Science150, no. 3701 (1965): 1254–61.

Buy at Amazon Engineering, and Public Policy Committee on Science, Institute of Medicine, et al. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research. National Academies Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780309119702. [Preview with Google Books]

Curriculum Vitae

Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn

Life after the Ph.D.

Austin, Jim, and Bruce Alberts. “Planning Career Paths for Ph.D.s.” Science 337, no. 6099 (2012): 1149.


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