Readings and Items of Interest

Below we highlight published items of interest to current/future postdocs and other PhD professionals. We are especially interested in drawing attention to policy issues, minority postdocs, and national/regional postdoc diversity affinity groups. For busy PhD professionals, we will scan the diversity literature and news outlets.

The Economist, December 2010

Another insightful, but gloomy article about the pitfalls of Ph.D. training. Trainees, prepare for your next career move!, November 2010

Read sobering news about the current job market. Postdocs, consider ways to promote yourself to potential employers such as our "Postdoc Spotlight" feature.

ScienceCareers, October 2010

"[Their] story is similar to that of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) scientists. Many feel they must keep their cover to escape overt and covert discrimination."

UC Newsroom, November 2009

"The UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program encourages doctorate recipients whose teaching, research and service contribute to diversity to pursue academic careers."

Science (E-Letter), May 2010

"Clearly there is a need for disseminating these programs to the wider scientific community in a public forum. This would include both presenting the accomplishments of the science education research, as well as the models for training in such a career path."

NIH Record, May 2010, page 16

"The event, geared toward individuals who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, featured talks by leading scientists on making the right career choice, finding a good institutional fit, applying for a position, succeeding in the job interview and seminar, negotiating a start-up package, establishing a lab, finding and being a mentor and applying for a grant."

ASBMB Today, May 2010

A profile of Dr. Andrea Stith who is studying postdocs in Germany and China.

UCSF Today, September 28, 2009

"The Graduate Division’s annual Postdoc Boot camp, which took place Sept. 21 and 22 [2009] at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, offered 35 visiting students a rare insider’s look at the process of researching, applying for and securing a coveted position as a postdoctoral researcher — a process that is highly competitive and, quite often, frustratingly unclear."

Diverse, April 2009

Postdoctoral fellowships are increasingly being seen as a recruiting tool to improve faculty diversity

ScienceCareers, December 2008

"Thirty years ago, the work environment for LGBT scientists was much less hospitable."

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